Bank of Cherokee County
The bank was founded in 1907, the year Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory united as the State of Oklahoma, by a group of prominent members of the Cherokee tribe. As the only bank in the town of Hulbert, Oklahoma and with branches in Tahlequah and Park Hill, Oklahoma, Bank of Cherokee County sees its responsibilities extending beyond what are usually thought of as “normal” banking functions.Bank of Cherokee County, as the largest commercial entity in town, takes the lead in community affairs. The Bank of Cherokee County daily lives its motto: LARGE ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU, SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE.
This week's CDBA Storybank video highlights The Bank of Cherokee County in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, one of the first Native Community Development Financial Institutions in the country. Its featured clients are small business owners who have developed the Bright Start child care center and the Go Ye Village retirement home, both of which serve the community of Tahlequah. The Bank of Cherokee County "is not just a bank," says Go Ye Village's Steve Thomas. "They're more of a partner in the process."