- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation has donated $195,000 to eight Boys & Girls Clubs in northeastern Oklahoma, many whom serve Cherokee and Native American students in their after-school programs.

The Cherokee Nation gave checks Monday to clubs in Adair, Sequoyah, Cherokee, Mayes, Nowata, Rogers, Delaware and Washington counties. Currently, the programs serve about 11,000 students.

The tribe has contributed nearly $1.9 million to help the after-school programs continue character and leadership development among both Cherokee youth and non-Native students since 2008.

With the largest enrollment in the state and 67 percent being American Indian, the Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah depends heavily on Cherokee Nation funding to maintain operations at the club’s 13 facilities in Cherokee County.

The Boys & Girls Clubs serve millions of young people nationwide.



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