Cherokee Nation donates $3.2 million to area schools


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Principal Chief Bill John Baker tells school officials from 92 school districts during Public School Appreciation Day that investing in public education is the best investment the tribe can make.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker tells school officials from 92 school districts during Public School Appreciation Day that investing in public education is the best investment the tribe can make.
Updated: 4/12/2013 4:35 pm Published: 4/12/2013 4:34 pm


The Cherokee Nation made a $3.2 million donation to 92 school districts on Friday.

“This year the Cherokee Nation is making a record contribution to area schools. I believe that strongly supporting access to educational programs for our youth and future generations is the best investment we can ever make as a sovereign tribal government,” Chief Baker said. “When Cherokee citizens register their vehicles with the Cherokee Nation, we are making a commitment to the future of the Cherokee Nation - our sons, daughters and our grandkids.”

Each year since 2002, the tribe has allocated 38 percent of tax revenues from the sale of tribal car tags to area schools to spend how they best see fit. Funds are based on the number of Cherokee students enrolled in the school, but schools have full discretion on how to use those funds.

Some schools have used the funding for staffing, technology, after-school programs and more, which benefit all students, even those who are not Cherokee. To date, the tribe has awarded nearly $30 million to northeast Oklahoma schools.

The Cherokee Nation recently expanded support for many high school students, including paying for high school juniors and seniors to take the ACT and expanding its college scholarships for Cherokee students who live beyond its traditional 14-county jurisdiction.

The Cherokee Nation awarded funds to school districts in the following counties:

•Adair $311,000

•Cherokee $650,000

•Craig $110,000

•Delaware $273,000

•Mayes $318,000

•Muskogee $313,000

•Nowata $66,000

•Ottawa $64,000

•Rogers $368,000

•Sequoyah $338,000

•Tulsa $227,000

•Wagoner $67,000

•Washington $71,000

•Osage $3,800




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