Cherokee Nation makes an annual contribution to fire departments within the tribe’s jurisdiction. Last year, $451,000 was contributed to rural and city fire departments to help them protect citizens’ homes and families. Departments use the funding to buy equipment, pay for training and support operations.
“It’s great what Cherokee Nation does for the fire departments around here,” said Phillip Nicholson, chief of the Texanna Fire Department, near Lake Eufaula. “Without Cherokee Nation, some of the fire departments in our area probably would not be able to do their job. They give us funding for equipment, but it provides for the whole community. Everybody benefits from Cherokee Nation’s support.”