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Cherokee Nation obtains 160 acres in FY 2010
The tribe used money from its Arkansas Riverbed Settlement Fund to buy the six properties in FY 2010.
By JAMI CUSTER
Mon, Oct 18, 2010
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation added to its land base by acquiring nearly 160 acres in fiscal year 2010.
CN officials said the tribe bought six properties totaling 158.34 acres for $503,341 and received a 1.34-acre property as a donation.
In Jay, the tribe purchased 7.9 acres for $138,500 for a future health clinic expansion and a tribal service complex. The property is south of the tribe’s Sam Hider Health Clinic.
Also in Delaware County, the CN bought 10 acres near Kenwood for $5,000. Officials said the purchase was for trust land consolidation. Another 120 acres, which adjoined CN property on three sides, were purchased near Kenwood for $78,001.
The tribe spent $118,840 for 19.2 acres in Stilwell that belonged to the Housing Authority of Cherokee Nation. The property is to be used as a child development and Cherokee elder care center.
In South Coffeyville, the CN spent $38,000 on .072 acres to be used for community development. The property is adjacent to a community building owned by the tribe.
The tribe also bought a tract of land adjoining the Cort Mall in downtown Tahlequah for $125,000. The land totals 0.52 acres, but does not include the Gib’s Auto Sales business, which is relocating.
“The land will be incorporated into a larger art district plan that will ultimately increase tourism for Cherokee Nation and downtown Tahlequah,” Angela Drewes, CN Management Resources group leader, said.
The tribe also received a 1.34-acre vacant lot in Nowata as a donation. Officials said the lot could be used for residential housing in the future.
Drewes said the tribe used money from its Arkansas Riverbed Settlement Fund to buy the six properties in FY 2010.
For FY 2011, the tribe has $6.6 million set aside for land acquisitions, with $1.1 million of it earmarked for CN Cultural Tourism land purchases.
“If we are using other tribal dollars, we insure that we are purchasing land that rebuilds our land base in existing Cherokee communities and interest areas,” Drewes said.
She said interest areas consist of areas that could be used for economic development or cultural tourism.
The tribe also asked for and received trust status from the Department of Interior for nearly 240 acres in FY 2010, including 90 acres in Warner, 80 acres near the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, 30.83 acres adjoining the Redbird Smith Health Clinic in Sallisaw and 29.8 acres at the Three Rivers Health Clinic in Muskogee.