4/24/2012 8:31:00 AM




The Cherokee Nation’s compressed natural gas fueling pump sits at the Cherokee Outpost 1 on the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Okla. The tribe built the CNG gas fueling station in 2011. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

BY TESINA JACKSON Reporter TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – At the Tribal Council’s Community Services Committee meeting on March 12, Council Speaker Tina Glory Jordan brought up the issue regarding the Cherokee Nation purchasing compressed natural gas or CNG-powered vehicles. “We have several millions (dollars) tied up in our stations now and no cars to fill up, so now we need the vehicles,” Glory Jordan said referring to the CNG pumps at Cherokee Nation Businesses’ Outpost 1. Outpost 1 is a convenient store located on the Tribal Complex along Highway 62, south of Tahlequah. “It’s probably going to have to start with a governmental entity buying the vehicles to make it happen because my understanding is most of the departments use their federal money to buy the vehicles and their tribal money to place gas in them.”

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