Cherokee Nation Donates $100,000 to American Red Cross

Cherokee Nation Red Cross donation
L to R: Marama Bayles-Raleigh, Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces and International Services for American Red Cross; Tralynna Sherrill Scott, Chief Economist for Cherokee Nation Businesses; Alice Townsend, Regional Chief Executive Officer for American Red Cross; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Tina Glory-Jordan; and Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden.

TAHLEQUAH, OK – Cherokee Nation leaders and representatives from Cherokee Nation Businesses presented the American Red Cross with a $100,000 contribution to assist with the American Red Cross’ Services to the Armed Forces program. The Cherokee Nation and American Red Cross have a long history of working together toward shared goals.

“Throughout Cherokee Nation, we appreciate and support organizations that share our values and understand the importance of reinvesting into our communities,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Our dedication to the communities we live and work within is best illustrated through the diligent efforts and volunteerism of our employees, tribal administration and business leaders, such as CNB Chief Economist and American Red Cross Board Member Tralynna Sherill Scott who brought this need for additional funding to our attention. The Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces is an excellent example of our shared aspirations. Together, we are providing more services and expanding opportunities for the brave men and women who have given so much of themselves to our great country through their military service.” 

The Service to the Armed Forces program provides care and comfort to the members of the United States Armed Forces, military veterans and their families. Program staff and volunteers support families during military deployments and emergencies, serve in military and veteran hospitals, conduct emergency communications and continue supporting veterans after their service ends.

“The American Red Cross is grateful to Cherokee Nation and its businesses for supporting our Service to the Armed Forces program,” said Alice Townsend, Regional CEO for American Red Cross. “We support our military and their families, many of them Cherokees, from enlistment through active duty and as veterans. This gift will allow us to provide critical services throughout the region.”

As longtime supporters of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies, Cherokee Nation and its businesses have also contributed funds to the non-profit’s educational programming, as well as to the vital services it provides such as disaster relief, displacement assistance and emergency supply deliveries. 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families.