PRYOR, OK — “I am extremely happy for the Cherokee people. This new clinic will make such a difference in the lives of Cherokees in Delaware County and the surrounding areas,” said Harley Buzzard, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor for District 10. “I have been pushing for a new clinic in Jay for years, and I am extremely happy that it is part of the $100 million health construction initiative. Our people have been cramped in the older clinic for too long, so this new facility is a major improvement.”
“We’ve been working very hard alongside Chief Baker to make the dream of expanded health care services a reality,” said Curtis Snell, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor for District 9. “It’s been a long and hard fought battle to get to this day, but our hard work is finally paying off. This new clinic will help improve the health of so many Cherokees in this area, and I’m proud to have played a role in making it happen.”
This is the first major investment of casino profits into tribal infrastructure that will have a lasting impact on tribal citizens.
“Our employees are proud to see the returns on their hard work going to benefit their families and neighbors,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “Our businesses were designed to support services to the Cherokee people, and there is no better way than putting it straight into infrastructure that will improve access to quality health care.”
Cherokee Nation Construction Resources, a division of CNB’s environmental and construction portfolio, is managing the construction of the health system expansion.
Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the United States, which consists of eight health centers throughout the Cherokee Nation and W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.