Cherokee Nation announces results of new economic impact study

April 18, 2017

Economic impact spans capital investments, industry recruitment and jobs


Cherokee Nation is releasing the findings of the tribe’s most recent economic impact study

Friday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa, OK 74015
Sky Room – 18th Floor

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Oklahoma Secretary of State Dave Lopez
Dr. Russell Evans, principal of the Economic Impact Group and assistant professor of economics at Oklahoma City University
Scott Inman, Minority Leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
Joe Byrd, Speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
Victoria Vazquez, Deputy Speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
Chuck Garrett, Executive Vice President of Cherokee Nation Businesses
Cherokee Nation Tribal Council

TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation will release the findings of an economic impact study by economists from the Economic Impact Group during a forum at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Friday, April 21.

The team of Oklahoma City-based economists evaluated the economic impact of Cherokee Nation and its businesses throughout northeast Oklahoma, which makes up the tribe’s jurisdictional boundaries.

The results of the study will be released at the forum. Similar studies in 2014 and 2012 found the Cherokee Nation had an economic impact on northeast Oklahoma of $1.55 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.

Cherokee Nation, the largest sovereign tribal government in the U.S., provides an array of services, including health care, career services, human services, education and housing. The tribe also makes significant investments in roads, bridges, transportation, housing, public water and sanitation systems.

Cherokee Nation Businesses, the tribe’s corporate holding company, has a diverse business portfolio. CNB owns companies in the consulting, health sciences, gaming and hospitality, real estate, technology, distribution and logistics, engineering, manufacturing, construction and environmental services industries.

Cherokee Nation and its businesses employ more than 11,000 people.