UKB receives $24 million

Sequoyah County Times
Sequoyah County Times

UKB (United Keetoowah Band) tribal members in Sequoyah County as well as others throughout the state will be receiving $1,500 checks in the mail after the UKB Council approved the action Saturday.

At its May 16 meeting, the UKB Tribal Council voted 8-4 to approve a one time payment to exclusive members of the United Keetoowah Band with Economic Relief Package COVID-19 funds received from the federal government, tribal officials said.

“This payment will be $1,500 for each exclusive Keetoowah 18 and older. Exclusive Keetoowahs 0-17 will each receive $500. Exclusive means a tribal member cannot be dual enrolled with another tribe, according to information released to the public.

UKB Chief Joe Bunch said the tribe has received roughly about $24 million from the Coronavirus Stimulus Relief money and plans to help their tribal members first.

“We’re still working out details and we’re asking tribal members to make sure their addresses are correct. I commend the council for approving this and we want to get this part done before we look at other plans for the money and our tribe,” Bunch said.

Bunch said future plans might include providing health-related services to make sure if the pandemic should return in full force, the tribe will be better prepared to take care of its people. He also mentioned some type of resource through economic development to help the tribe regain some financial status.

Sequoyah County Councilman Barry Dotson voted in favor of the COVID-19 relief checks to tribal members but was unavailable for comment as of […]

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