Oklahoma Schools Benefit From Cherokee Tag Sales

Tuesday, February 27th 2007, 10:38 am
By: News On 6

The Cherokee Nation is donating $2.6 million to about 100 schools in northeastern Oklahoma. The money comes from car tag revenues and once divided, would equal $130 dollars per Cherokee student. Chief Chad Smith says they are committed to financing the future of the next generation.

“The number students represented in the Cherokee Nation going to public schools is over 20,000 Cherokee students, so not only do we have a passion we have an investment in our future invested in these children,” said Smith.

Under Cherokee Nation law, the tribe gives schools in its jurisdiction 38 percent of the revenues generated by tag sales.

The Cherokees are also contributing $1,500 for after school programs.