Cherokee Nation Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs

Story by: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Last year the Cherokee Nation donated more than $205,000 to nine different Boys & Girls Club chapters within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma. They will make that investment again this year. Currently, they support clubs in Bartlesville, Gore, Chelsea, Nowata, Tahlequah, Adair County, Delaware County and Mayes County. They are proud to be a partner and financial supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America within their tribal boundaries.

Almost 11,000 Cherokee Nation youth receive benefits from these organizations. Club participation can foster lifelong friends and mentors. Local clubs empower youth to support and influence their community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others' cultural identities. Locally, one of the most important functions they provide is a safe place for Cherokee kids to go before and after school and during the summer. Many of the local clubs even offer cultural classes based on Cherokee games, crafts and traditions.

There is nothing more critical to the future than investing in young Cherokee lives. The Cherokee Nation looks forward to their continued partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs in northeast Oklahoma.