Published May 29, 2016
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA —The Cherokee Nation donated $195,000 Thursday to eight area Boys & Girls Clubs in northeastern Oklahoma. The organizations serve many Cherokee and Native American students in their summer and after-school programs.
The Cherokee Nation gave checks to clubs in Adair, Sequoyah, Cherokee, Mayes, Nowata, Rogers, Delaware and Washington counties.
Currently, the programs serve more than 10,000 students.
“We remain a proud and consistent financial supporter of the mentoring work done by the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Participating in the activities of a local club means access to community-based mentors and educational opportunities that will help our youth grow into their full potential. Supporting the mission of Boys and Girls Club is another opportunity where Cherokee Nation can have a positive influence in the lives of Cherokee children.”
The tribe has contributed more than $2 million total since 2008 to help the after-school programs continue character and leadership development among both Cherokee youth and non-Native students.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs provide an invaluable service to thousands of students within the Cherokee Nation,” said Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. “These clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, while also offering new experiences and a variety of hands-on activities. The Cherokee Nation is proud to partner with these eight clubs in order to enhance their programs for Cherokee and non-Cherokee students alike.”
With the second largest enrollment of any club in the Cherokee Nation, the Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County depends heavily on Cherokee Nation funding to maintain operations at the club’s six facilities in Sequoyah County.
“Cherokee Nation’s support means a lot to the Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County. It enables us to continue to provide funding for our programs and kids that need us the most in the county,” said Boys & Girls Club of Sequoyah County representative Laura Kuykendall.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves more than four million young people throughout the country and on military bases worldwide.
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