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Cherokee Nation Buys 6 Properties Since March

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Since March 2008, the Cherokee Nation has purchased six real estate properties totaling more than 60 acres for more than $1.6 million.

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kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 7:52 am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Since March 2008, the Cherokee Nation has purchased six real estate properties totaling more than 60 acres for more than $1.6 million.

On March 14, the tribe bought the Tahlonteeskee Courthouse property – a tract of land in Sequoyah County south of Gore. The property houses historical buildings and lies two miles north of I-40 on the northern edge of Highway 64. The tract totaled 3.92 acres and cost $1,000, according to CN Communications.

On May 12, the tribe finalized the purchase of a half acre in Park Hill in Cherokee County. The 0.48 acres is located east of the Park Hill Post Office and cost $69,000, according to CN Communications.

A week later in Adair County, the tribe bought 1.33 acres for $274,670 in Stilwell, according to CN Communications. The property is adjacent to a former Wal-Mart store and was formerly the Stilwell ALPS Food Store. It is also located next to the Cherokee Nation Industries aerospace manufacturing facility.

The tribe purchased another Park Hill land tract on June 30. According to CN Communications, CN bought 1.96 acres for $280,000, which was formerly a mobile home park. The property adjoins the Cherokee Heritage Center property on its north and east boundaries.

On Sept. 3, tribal officials finalized a deal for the Armstrong Car Wash property located on Water Street, just north of Downing Street in Tahlequah. Its acreage totals 0.72 and cost $130,000.

But the CN finalized its biggest land purchase – both in acreage and dollars – on Sept. 10 when it took control of 53.07 acres in Vinita, located in Craig County. The tract of land is south of McDonald’s on I-44, east of the airport and west of the Vinita Fairgrounds. It cost the tribe $928,725, according to CN Communications.

Addresses for purchased properties could not be identified with physical addresses because not all properties have assigned physical addresses, CN Communications officials said. They added that tribal officials are not releasing any firm or final plans yet for any of the properties.

The process in which the CN buys land is determined by its price, location and history.
“Cherokee Nation has lost much land over the last 200 years and when possible or appropriate will purchase or accept as a gift properties deemed suitable…,” CN communications said.

The tribe also had four properties put into trust status by the U.S. government in 2008, according to CN Communications.

In Sequoyah County, the tribe had 3.5 acres put into trust on May 9 in Roland. The land lies north of the Roland Cherokee Casino. Forty-five acres commonly referred to as the “stomp grounds” in Park Hill received the same status on July 25.

Two tracts of land located on the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah also received federal trust status. On Sept. 30, 40 acres were put into trust, while 38.5 acres became federal trust property on Nov. 3. According to CN Communications, there is no fee for the U.S. government to place land into trust for tribes.

Pamylle G (461)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 8:09 am
Wonderful news ! Way to go Cherokee Nation !
Wado, Kat.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 8:45 am
Noted thanks Kat.

Henry P (171)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 9:08 pm
Good news Thanks Kat Noted

Barbara P (1069)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 9:47 pm

Bob F (10)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 11:29 pm
Ok, but whats the point?

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 5:34 am
Heya Bob! The point is...WE'RE GETTING OUR LAND BACK...slowly, but surely!

Morgan Griffith (225)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 6:47 am
Shame to be put into a position to have to buy back property that was stolen in the first place. Perhaps they should only be charged the value of the land at the time it was "appropriated".

Sir Walk F (124)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 7:57 pm
Good point, aba. Especially since they are buying land when it is at its peak possible value given today's market. not a very good deal, really.

Bob F (10)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 9:03 pm
Sometimes I wonder if people know the real history of the peoples of the americas? When it started. Just a though.

Sir Walk F (124)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 10:31 pm
care2 elaborate, bob?

Talldeer C (47)
Thursday January 8, 2009, 1:49 am
This is great news the more we can get back the better!! I am so Happy..Wado Kat..

. (0)
Thursday January 8, 2009, 7:21 am
Great-once again we are forced against the nature of ourselves and purchased what cannot be purchased-yay :(

Summer Daze (162)
Thursday January 8, 2009, 1:31 pm
Glad about acquiring land.
Sad at the *PRICE* to get the land back.
Noted with thanks Kat!
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