Among the recent water projects undertaken by the Cherokee Nation Office of Environmental Health and Engineering was the Southern Delaware County Regional Water Treatment Plant. TAHLEQUAH – Access to clean water and proper management of wastewater have been priorities of the Cherokee Nation for decades.
The CN pursues its water objectives though a number of channels and methods, and among the most direct is its Sanitation Facilities Construction program through the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering.
“The Cherokee Nation Office of Environmental Health and Engineering administers the Sanitation Facilities Construction program authorized by Public Law 94-437 as part of our self-governance agreement with the Indian Health Service,” said Billy Hix, engineering director for the Environmental Health and Engineering Office. “This program offers assistance to both individual tribal citizens as well as community water and wastewater systems across the Cherokee reservation. Requests by individual tribal citizens are fairly evenly split between repairs to existing water and wastewater facilities and requests to install water and wastewater facilities for new homes.”
While the program is administered through the CN, any citizen of any federally recognized is eligible to apply. Applications can be downloaded at cherokee.org or can be sent through the mail by request.
Several documents are required for application. Only copies should be sent, and applicants can redact sensitive information that is not required to apply. Social Security card copies or other sensitive documents should not be included.
An applicant will need:
· Proof of citizenship in a federally recognized tribe;· A notarized deed on file […]