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Local Bank

Our Story

"Your trust is our greatest asset."

Local 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 Nation.

In 1996 the ownership of the bank changed when another group of prominent members of the Cherokee Nation headed by Gary D. Chapman acquired the bank.

Native-owned & native led - Local Bank is headed by Chairman & CEO Susan Plumb. 

Susan received her journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from the University of Tulsa and holds a certificate from the school’s American Indian Law Program.  She has been in banking for over 20 years.

As the only bank in the town of Hulbert, Oklahoma and with branches in Tahlequah, Grove, Sallisaw, and Park Hill, Oklahoma, Local Bank sees its responsibilities extending beyond what is usually thought of as “ordinary” banking functions.

Unlike "ordinary" banks, Bank of Cherokee County invests 95% of deposits back into Cherokee County.

Community reinvestment is nothing new to Local Bank. Since the bank’s founding at the turn of the century, its mission has been to serve its community. 

With that being said, Local Bank is about:

Celebrating the dreamers, doers, and achievers in our local communities since 1907.