Cherokee Nation announces relief program to benefit ranchers handling drought conditions

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — While multiple burn bans have been lifted in Green Country, several counties in the Cherokee Nation are experiencing extreme drought conditions.

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On Tuesday, Cherokee National Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced a $1 million dollar relief program to help out Cherokee ranchers.

Up to 2,000 ranchers will benefit from the donation, which will include a one-time payment of $500.

Ranchers can file an application on the Gadugi Portal beginning Aug. 9 through Aug. 19, or until the funds run out.

Chief Hoskin says this designation is made possible through ARPR funding.

You can find more information on how to apply here. You can also find the latest drought information across Oklahoma here.