Cherokee Nation awards $5M to school districts at Public School Appreciation Day

March 20, 2017

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WHAT: Cherokee Nation awards $5 million to 107 school districts during 2017 Public School Appreciation Day

WHEN: Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Sky Room, 18th floor of Hard Rock Tower
777 W. Cherokee St.
Catoosa, Okla.

WHO: Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Chief of Staff and Rep. Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Cherokee Nation Tax Commission
School superintendents from northeastern Oklahoma

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will award 107 school districts a record $5 million at Friday’s Public School Appreciation Day luncheon at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

That’s up from $4.67 million last year.

Each year the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of tribal car tags to school districts in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties. School districts have complete discretion on how to use the funds.

For example, the funding has allowed Owasso Public Schools to offer after-school tutoring to its middle school students and helps pay for two classroom teacher salaries in Fort Gibson Public Schools, according to their superintendents.

After a short program and lunch for district representatives, each school district receives a check from the tribe.