SUPPORTING PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN

Cherokee Nation contributes more than $3 million annually to area public schools. The money comes from the sale of Cherokee Nation car tags to tribal citizens. Last year, Vinita Public Schools received more than $60,000 that can be used to support the needs of the school system.

“We live in a community in which more than 72 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced school lunches,” said Kelly Grimmett, superintendent of Vinita Public Schools. “When needs arise, we reach out to our business community to help us out. The tag money from Cherokee Nation takes care of some of those needs so we do not have to burden our business community as often.”


Direct
Output
Employment
Income
CN Direct Contribution
$1,792,347
136
$5,888,028
CN Vendor Purchases
$5,158,763
 
 
Indirect
 
 
 
CN Vendor Response
$1,522,825
84
$2,581,355
Induced
 
 
 
CN/Vendor Employee Spending
$1,529,564
15
$447,860

TOTAL

$10,003,499
235
$8,917,243
Cherokee Nation operations in Craig County support more than $10 million in local production, 235 jobs and $8.9 million in labor income payments. The economic impacts are primarily attributable to a Cherokee Nation presence in the county directly employing 136 individuals. Additionally, CN and CNB operations purchase $3.9 million and $1.2 million, respectively, from Craig County vendors, setting in motion economic impacts that support an additional 100 jobs in the county.

Note that in all economic impact tables, column values may not total due to rounding.