, Muskogee, OK

February 26, 2014

Governments work best together

— When governments work together, good things usually happen.

That’s the case for Wainwright Road, which receives a lot of county traffic.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will fund the road project, which is projected to cost between $5 million to $6 million. The project includes the asphalt overlay of 11 miles of road between U.S. 62 and Oktaha Road.

Tribes do a lot, not just for their citizens, but for their neighbors. This road resurfacing is just one of many examples.

Charley LaSarge, who manages the tribe’s transportation program, said the Wainwright Road project will be one of the main road projects the tribe tackles in the area this year. Plans are in the works to complete a three-mile stretch of what used to be U.S. 69 in Muskogee County and other projects in McIntosh County.

District 1 Commissioner Gene Wallace said the commissioners’ relationships with tribal governments that have a presence within the county is “significant” and extraordinary.

“We are very fortunate that we have a county where we have two great tribes, the Cherokee and the Creek,” Wallace said. “It is significant that we have visited with commissioners from 77 counties around the state and very few of them have relationships with their tribes like Muskogee does.”

We agree with Wallace. We are fortunate for the work that the tribes do in our area, and we are thankful it extends well beyond the reach of their tribal members.