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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA The Cherokee Nation is helping the William W. Barnes Children's Advocacy Center assist more victims of child abuse through a $10,000 donation.
At the presentation Tribal Council member Chuck Hoskin, Jr.(l to r), center executive director Holly Webb, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, center board member Tami Jennings, Tribal Council member Lee Keener and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden.
“The Cherokee Nation is proud to help fund the William W. Barnes Children's Advocacy Center in Claremore,”
Principal Chief Bill John Baker said.
“We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us our children. By partnering with the center, we reinforce that resolute commitment to the wellness of children and families in Rogers, Craig and Mayes counties.”
The nonprofit opened in 2001 and serves about 200 children in Rogers, Craig and Mayes counties per year. The center performs forensic interviews, medical evaluations and mental health treatment in a nurturing environment that is in one location to help child victims and their families be more at ease. The center also helps in preparation for court cases.
“The William W. Barnes Children's Advocacy Center is extremely grateful to Cherokee Nation for their contribution,”
said Holly Webb, executive director of the center.
“Our services are provided at no cost to children and their families. This donation ensures that services will continue without interruption.”
More than 675,000 children were abused nationwide in 2011, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The American Indian population had the second highest rate of victims per 1,000 children of all races and ethnicities.
posted January 14, 2013 6:00 am est