TULSA, Okla. — On Tuesday, March 28, the Cherokee Nation will distribute a record amount of funding to more than 100 school districts in Northeast Oklahoma during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The distribution will mark the largest total amount provided to school districts since the Cherokee Nation began its annual contributions in 2002.

Aside from the millions of dollars the Cherokee Nation provides to the state of Oklahoma for education funding each year through gaming, the tribe also allocates 38% of its annual car tag revenue directly to education. Each school district makes the decision on how to use the funding provided by the Cherokee Nation.

During the Public School Appreciation Day event, Cherokee Nation will also announce its first Teacher of the Year award and recognize the nominees.