The Council of the Cherokee Nation approved Monday paying off a $170 million note that helped build the Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center a year ahead of its due date.
The tribe also approved dedicating six acres off Highway 62 in Tahlequah to establish the Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Capitol Park.
The full council approved the budget modification and park during the July council meeting with Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signing the legislative acts for each late Monday.
The Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller Capitol Park Act is to be located at 18050 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah. “Given our commitment to improving health and wellness and providing more outdoor space, it’s only fitting to establish a new park and appropriate to name it after our late former Chief Wilma P. Mankiller in honor of her service to our Cherokee people,” Chief Hoskin said. “The community can have a place to celebrate her and take in all the elements of Cherokee language, culture and traditions in the park’s design, landscaping, public art, playground and facilities.”