Today, we celebrate the Cherokee Nation as a partner and a friend of the state of Oklahoma. We are proud to share the details of our $2.16 billion economic impact on Oklahoma.
Cherokee Nation and its businesses remain steadfast in our commitment to growing the economy, and we have forged numerous partnerships to bring quality jobs, services and health care to the region.
Last year we broke fiscal records in production output, dividends and employment, and we proudly reinvest our profits in services and facilities that make Oklahoma a great place to live and raise a family.
Our commitment to health care extends far beyond the Cherokee people, and we are taking steps to ensure Oklahomans living in our most rural areas are no longer underserved. We are upgrading and expanding our facilities and have collaborated with OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine to establish the first medical school in the country built on tribal land.
In our capital city of Tahlequah, we have seen the rippling effects of our investment at Cherokee Springs Plaza, and we continue to attract new retail, dining and entertainment opportunities to the 154-acre business development.
While we remain the market leader in the entertainment and hospitality industry, we continue to broaden and diversify our economic portfolio throughout our businesses.
These successes provide the resources to create good, quality jobs, establish better infrastructure, improve public schools and increase access to quality health care that benefits all Oklahomans, not just Cherokee citizens.
We look forward to what the future holds, and together, we will continue to strive for the shared success that propels the Cherokee Nation, our citizens and our fellow Oklahomans.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner