Cherokee Nation offers help for elders to sign up for $2,000 COVID-19 assistance payment

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation will host a series of community drive-through events focused on helping Cherokee elders register on the Gadugi Portal and apply for the tribe’s $2,000 COVID-19 assistance payment.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed legislation May 27 to provide a $2,000 lump sum COVID-19 assistance payment open to all 392,000-plus Cherokee Nation citizens.

To date, nearly 150,000 Cherokee Nation citizens have applied for assistance funds to help recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“We know some of our elders may lack the technology to register online or have barriers to connectivity, so the Cherokee Nation is coming to their community to assist,” Hoskin said. “Putting our elders first is the Cherokee way, and we know many of our elders have been especially impacted by COVID-19 with higher utility and food costs. Our staff will be out in full force to ensure that our elders do not miss out on the COVID-19 assistance payments that the Cherokee Nation is offering.”

The drive-through events will be focused primarily on assisting elders with the application, but will also help those who do not have access to the Internet or a mobile phone to apply.

Guidance will also be offered for elders who might have lost their citizenship card or do not know their registration number. The Cherokee Nation will not be able to provide any assistance with new registration applications at the community events. Anyone needing to register as a Cherokee Nation citizen must continue to seek assistance via mail, phone, fax, email, and/or in person in Tahlequah.

“The Cherokee Nation has dedicated 43 percent of the $1.8 billion received from the American Rescue Funds as a direct assistance payment to help our tribal citizens recover, and we hope these community events will help every single citizen apply for these funds,” said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner.

The schedule and locations for the drive-through events includes:

June 15 – Tahlequah – Old Cherokee Nation Casino Parking Lot at 16489 U.S. 62, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

June 16 – Warner – Warner Event Center, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

June 23 – Stilwell – Cherokee Nation parking lot at former CNI and Walmart Building, at 320 W. Locust, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

June 25 – Hulbert – Hulbert City Park, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

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