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Tahlequah and area News as reported by the Tahlequah Daily Press and Muskogee Phoenix. 


Tahlequah News                 Monday 09/17/18


The Cherokee Nation has received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Transportation to purchase two eco-friendly electric buses to transport employees and tribal citizens to work and the tribal health centers.


The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, which follows the northern route of the Trail of Tears over a span of three weeks. Nation citizens ages 16-24 ride approximately 950 miles in June starting in Georgia.


NSU alumni are invited back to the NSU campus for a weekend of fun and reminiscing during the upcoming 2018 homecoming celebration Sept 23-29.  The homecoming will include the Green & White Golf Classic and the homecoming parade and the 21st annual Emerald Ball as well as the Athletics Breakfast.


Tahlequah police chief Nate King said vagrancy in the city has grown at an alarming rate, city officials believe the number is now 100 people. According to a city ordinance a vagrant is anyone who loiters or remains in or wanders about a public or private place.


Cherokee Nation's award-winning cultural tourism team is accepting grant applications for its education tours during the fall semester.  Grants are designated for grades third through sixth at elementary public schools. Applications are accepted through Sept. 23 and are available at


Promise Hotels, a privately owned hotel development and management company announced that it would build a Tru by Hilton hotel at the Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah. The four story midscale hotel will feature 90 rooms.


The Grandview School is now under new leadership. 48 year old Shawn Cox now holds the title of vice principal, but he handles all the duties of the schools chief administrator. Cox has assumed the role after the death of former principal Steven Gillman who died of cancer.


30 year old Rickey Martinez of Hulbert a former Cherokee County Detention Center employee pleaded not guilty at his recent court appearance after being accused of supplying an inmate with tobacco and marijuana. Martinez allegedly conspired with Timothy Walker Jr. and Kimberly Walker. The next court date for Martinez will take place at 10am on Oct 24th.


This past week the Town of Hulbert Board of Trustees approved an application through the Eastern Oklahoma Development District for grant funding for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Also announced the Hulbert Homecoming Parade will be held Sept.21st at 4:30pm


The OHP reported this past week that Teena Blanket 59 a Hulbert woman died in a motor vehicle collision Sept 13th at the intersection of 710 Road and 410 Road just north of Hulbert.


The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council has approved an $887 million comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2019 during a recent meeting.  The budget includes an $11.6 million total increase for health centers.


The Cherokee Nation's Fifth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight departs today  for Washington DC with 10 veterans who served during World War Two , the Korean War or the Vietnam War. The Nation has taken 42 Cherokee veterans on the Warrior Flight over the past five years.


Today in Cherokee County District Court jury trials are set to begin which includes some long-awaited felony cases. A felony case for Kevin Garcia 29 of Tahlequah, who is accused of rape and domestic assault. Charges were filed against Mikalyn Robb 33 of Tahlequah after she was allegedly in felony possession of a controlled drug.


A patron of Taco Bell Dakota Jordan Kirk 19 was arrested this past week by Tahlequah police in the drive thru for allegedly driving under the influence.


At a recent meeting Tahlequah Industrial Authority trustees discussed a lease agreement with Customer Contact Channels Inc of C-3 which is located at the Tahlequah Industrial Authority. They also took no action pertaining to new construction at C-3 or to hire a project manager for the C3 project. The next meeting of the Authority is Sept 19th at 5:30pm in the council chambers at City Hall.






Tahlequah at Tulsa Rogers 7pm

Keys at Sequoyah 7pm

Porter at Hulbert 7pm






NSU Broken Arrow will celebrate homecoming Sept 27th with the Riverhawk Run, a 5K race and a cruise –in of Mustangs.


Saturday Sept 21st, NSU at Missouri Western 7pm. Live on Billy Country 96.3 FM & AM 1350.


OSU hosts Texas Tech 6pm, Live on Lakes Country 102.1




Salina Highbanks Speedway will have a $2000 to win for the B-Mod’s, and a $500 to win Pure Stocks. Hot laps at 6:30, races start at 7pm.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday at Richmond Raceway. This race will not be on the air. It will start at 5:30pm Central Time on NBCSN.


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