Cherokee Nation to Expand Public Emergency Services Assistance Program | KSNF/KODE

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation has extended its utility assistance program to citizens living in counties contiguous to the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

The Low-Income Emergency Utilities Assistance Program is intended to assist eligible Cherokee Nation citizen households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with utility payments.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to help those who are eligible for this program,” Chief Executive Chuck Hoskin Jr. said of the financial hardship caused over the past two years by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for the program, at least one household member must be a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and live on the Cherokee Nation Reservation or in counties adjoining the reservation.

The household income must not exceed 80% of the median income of the region. For revenue guidelines visit their site here.

The deadline to apply for the program is June 30.

Assistance can be used to cover a portion of overdue utility payments, current and future utility payments, and utility deposits. The tribe can help with natural gas, propane, water or electricity.

Applications available on the Gadugi portal, located online at

People attending an in-person event must bring photo ID, tribal citizenship cards, a current utility bill, and proof of income for anyone living in the household who is 18 years of age or older. Those who have no income must bring a signed and dated statement indicating this.

For questions regarding eligibility or application assistance, email or call 918.453.5464.

The following sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist citizens with applications.


  • June 23: Kenwood Senior Nutrition website
  • June 30: Jay Food Distribution Site


  • June 16: Stilwell Food Distribution site


  • June 21: Salina food distribution site
  • June 27: Spavinaw Senior Nutrition website


  • June 24: Cherokee Community Building, South Coffeyville
  • June 28: Nowata Senior Nutrition Site, 1018 Lenape Drive, Nowata


  • June 30: Vinita Food Distribution site

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