Northeastern State University has received a five-year grant of $735,000 aimed at improving child welfare services in the Cherokee Nation.
The university's Department of Social Work will partner with the tribe to enhance and support child welfare services. The funding is from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, which is a service of the U.S. Children's Bureau.
Northeastern State University is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive the funding.
The funding also pays for eight internships for undergraduate students who are studying social work.
The Cherokee Nation is donating about $200,000 to be spread among eight Boys and Girls clubs in Oklahoma.
The tribe announced the donation Thursday. Different monetary awards were donated to the Boys and Girls club programs in Adair County, Bartlesville, Chelsea, Tahlequah, Delaware County, Green Country-Pryor, Nowata and Sequoyah County.
The Department of the Interior says certain descendants of black slaves once owned by some members of the Cherokee Nation should be afforded tribal citizenship rights.
The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell filed the motion Friday in federal court in the longstanding case between the descendants, known as freedmen, and the Cherokees.
The Cherokee Nation is scheduled to cut the ribbon on a new $4.2 million child development center in Stilwell.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday for the 19,000-square-foot child care center. The center will quadruple the size of an old center that was built in 1969. The new center features eight classrooms, four playgrounds, a culturally inspired reading circle area and a bell tower atop the building.