Cherokee Nation to give nearly $500,000 to local fire departments

May 9, 2019


Cherokee Nation Volunteer Firefighters Ceremony

Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Cherokee Casino Tahlequah
Chota Center
3307 South Seven Clans Avenue

Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Volunteer firefighters from 136 departments

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation will donate nearly half a million dollars to 136 local fire departments during the tribe’s annual appreciation banquet Monday at the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah.

Rural fire departments often rely on fundraisers, membership drives and help from the public to keep their stations operating and their communities safe. The Cherokee Nation’s annual contribution gives them additional dollars to maintain their fire stations and protect people and property in rural areas.

Cherokee Nation will host a dinner Monday and present the 136 volunteer fire departments each with checks for $3,500 that can be used for equipment, fuel or other necessary items.

Two fire departments will be named Volunteer Fire Department of the Year, and five volunteers will be recognized by the Cherokee Nation as a Volunteer Firefighter of the Year during the banquet.