Grant D. Crawford | Daily Press Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. delivers remarks at the groundbreaking of a new housing addition in Tahlequah. The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma Air National Guard broke ground on the new Mige Glory Addition in Tahlequah Monday, after the tribe and Guard collaborated to bring 21 new homes for eligible Cherokee veterans and their families.
In the first year of the project, seven new single-family subsidized homes will be constructed, with the remaining 14 to come over the following two years. Cherokee Nation has long revered its veterans, and Native Americans have a long history of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For years, Natives have had the highest per-capita involvement of any population to serve in the military.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said it was an opportunity to serve not only Cherokees, but those in uniform.
“We talk a lot at the Cherokee Nation and we talk a lot around the country about honoring veterans, about how we should revere our veterans, and we do so often in words and we gather in ceremony, but we also ought to do so in deeds,” he said.
While the tribe and OANG broke ground on the site, construction has already started and pipes are in the ground, with expectation for housing pads and framing in the coming months. Hoskin said the housing addition will better fit the needs of veterans who are either homeless or are living in poor conditions.
“We also know there are […]