MEDIA ALERT: Cherokee Nation awarding $3.4 million to area schools

February 12, 2014

WHAT: Cherokee Nation distributes checks totaling $3.4 million to 91 school districts.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Sequoyah High School gym located at 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. Tahlequah

WHO: Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Council, Chief of Staff and Rep. Chuck Hoskin D-Vinita, Northeastern State University President Dr. Steve Turner, Cherokee Nation Tax Commission

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Checks totaling $3.4 million will be distributed to 91 school districts Friday during the Cherokee Nation’s Public School Appreciation Day. Dozens of northeast Oklahoma administrators will be on hand to accept the funding, and hear about the Cherokee Nation’s latest endeavors in education.

Each year the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of tribal car tags to help schools pay for everything from additional teaching salaries, to advanced student coursework to more classroom technology. The funding is completely discretionary to schools.

This year’s donation is up from $3.2 million last year. Since the Cherokee Nation started the program in 2002, school districts within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction have split $31.3 million from tribal car tag sales tax to help fill in their education funding gaps.