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Cherokee Nation said Friday that it expanded its real estate footprint with the acquisition of a property in North Tulsa that will be converted into community space. 

The former Greater Sunrise Baptist Church will undergo renovation and transformation into a community space, according to an announcement from the Cherokee Nation. Once completed, the building will be leased to the North Tulsa Cherokee Community Organization, providing a dedicated venue for meetings and gatherings, with potential future integration of Cherokee Nation services.

The property acquisition announcement by Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner came during a Black History Month celebration at the tribe’s Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa. The Descendants of Freedmen of the 5 Civilized Tribes and the North Tulsa Cherokee Community Organization attended the celebration event.

This property acquisition marks the first in 2024 for Cherokee community buildings within the reservation. Cherokee Nation currently owns 39 community buildings, with 10 undergoing renovations. 

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In 2023, two new community buildings were opened in Bowlin Springs and Dewey, contributing to the ongoing effort to enhance community infrastructure and support Cherokee citizens across the nation.

“As Cherokees, we know how important community is,” Hoskins said in a statement.  “It’s vital for Cherokee community organizations to have a space where they can meet to fellowship, hold events, organize outreach, and (a) dedicated place with resources.”  

 The community organization will move in after the tribe completes some repairs and modifications to the building, according to Canaan Duncan, the tribe’s deputy secretary of state who oversees the tribe’s community organizations. Cherokee Nation plans to analyze the biggest need in North Tulsa and will place Cherokee Nation departments and resources accordingly in the building, Duncan said.

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