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.
â€œThe 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,â€ 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.