Cherokee Nation to give record $5.7M to northeast Oklahoma school districts

February 26, 2019

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WHAT:
Cherokee Nation Public School Appreciation Day

WHEN:
Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Sky Room
777 W. Cherokee St.
Catoosa

WHO:
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Tax Commission Administrator Sharon Swepston
Education Services Executive Director Ron Etheridge

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – For the seventh consecutive year, the Cherokee Nation will distribute a record amount of money to 108 northeast Oklahoma school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day Friday. The $5.7 million is an increase of about $300,000 compared to last year’s disbursement.

Funds provided to the schools are from the sale of tribal car tags. The Cherokee Nation allocates 38 percent of car tag revenue each year to education, providing a boost to Oklahoma public schools and fill education funding gaps.

School districts receive money based on the number of Cherokee Nation citizens they have enrolled, though funding benefits all students. Since 2002, the tribe has awarded school districts in northeastern Oklahoma $56.3 million in education contributions from car tag revenue.