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Shawnee Tribe and GGS Provide Support to Woods County Fire Victims

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:49:47 CDT

Shawnee Tribe and GGS Provide Support to Woods County Fire Victims


Shawnee and GGS aid in Cattlemen’s Association effort to support livestock producers impacted by recent wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma

The Shawnee Tribe and GGS, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation, today announced a $6,000 contribution to a fund that will provide financial aid to livestock producers in Woods County that have been impacted by recent, historic wildfires.

The fund was established within the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Foundation in the aftermath of the Anderson Creek fire. The fire has consumed more than a half-million acres spanning from Woods County, Oklahoma to Kansas. Funds will be used to help rebuild infrastructure such as fencing and other priorities for ranchers in the area.

Shawnee chief Ron Sparkman said, "We want to express our heartfelt sympathies to the communities and families that have been affected by the Anderson Creek Fire. We commend the leadership of the Cattlemen’s Association for establishing this effort. We are eager to do our part to see that families get the support and relief they need."

Skip Seeley, chief executive officer of Global Gaming Solutions, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation said, "Our two organizations are in the process of investing significant resources in the Panhandle area. We take our role as corporate citizens seriously, and hope this support demonstrates our commitment to the communities where we work and serve."

Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of OCF said, "We are truly grateful to the Shawnee Nation and GGS for their financial support of ranchers in Woods County. It’s in times like these when you learn who’s a good neighbor, and we certainly appreciate these two organizations demonstrating their care and concern."

The relief fund was established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation in coordination with the Woods County Cattlemen's Association and Woods County Extension. To make a donation or to learn more visit OkCattlemen.org.


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