The histories of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation are uniquely intertwined. Cherokee heritage and culture have helped shape Oklahoma’s essence since before statehood. Today, the tribe, along with our businesses, remains an integral part of the future of our great state. The dollars Cherokee Nation puts back into the state economy improve the lives of our tribal citizens and empower all of Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation is responsible for more than a $1.55 billion impact on the annual economy of Oklahoma.

This impact reaffirms our well-established role as one of the state’s largest and most successful economic drivers. With well over 9,000 employees, we have more Cherokees working directly for our tribe and businesses than at any time in history, and we continue to create new opportunities to grow our business portfolio and expand our services.

Continuing to diversify our business operations and expand our tribal government programs allows us to make quality reinvestments in Oklahoma. This means more money for local schools, more funding for regional first responders and more investment dollars for vital infrastructure, like roads, bridges and waterlines.

We are successful in delivering critical services to all Oklahomans living throughout Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction. Without a doubt, the Cherokee Nation is making people’s lives better and improving possibilities for a brighter future in northeast Oklahoma. The creation of new jobs, all of which pay above the federal minimum wage, means those paycheck dollars roll over multiple times throughout our local economies.

The success we are experiencing today will have a positive impact for years to come.

That’s important to me, and it’s important to the Cherokee people. Oklahoma is our home. We are proud to see Oklahoma soar and be a place with great career opportunities, access to quality health care, and safe and secure homes for our families.

I am proud to report that Cherokee Nation is strong and in a financial position to lead Oklahoma into a brighter future. Together, as Oklahomans, we are all stronger when the Cherokee Nation is vibrant and thriving.


Principal Chief Bill John Baker

  • Adair
  • Cherokee
  • Craig
  • Delaware
  • Mayes
  • McIntosh
  • Muskogee
  • Nowata
  • Ottawa
  • Rogers
  • Sequoyah
  • Tulsa
  • Wagoner
  • Washington

Adair County

Economic impacts in Adair County reach $60.5 million in production, supporting 980 jobs and $36.8 million in labor income. Impacts are equally distributed between CN and CNB influences, with CNB imposing a larger local economic foot print and CN relying heavily on local vendors to support Cherokee Nation operations.

Total Impact:

$60,518,946 output
980 jobs
$36,893,556 income

Cherokee County

Cherokee County enjoys both a significant CN and CNB operational presence as the Nation’s home county. Total economic impacts exceed $224 million in county-produced goods and services, supporting 5,353 local jobs and more than $192 million in local labor income payments.

Total Impact:

$224,426,771 output
5,353 jobs
$192,367,530 income

Craig County

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.

Total Impact:

$10,003,499 output
235 jobs
$8,917,243 income

Delaware County

Delaware County enjoys a significant economic impact from Cherokee Nation operations on nearly all fronts. Cherokee operations directly account for more than $130 million in Delaware County production while purchasing another $13.5 million from local vendors.

Total Impact:

$158,020,038 output
1,204 jobs
$49,949,239 income

Mayes County

Mayes County economic impacts have grown significantly since the FY 2012 impact report. Total economic impacts now exceed $76 million in county production while supporting 587 jobs (up from 420 in FY 2012) and more than $21 million in labor income.

Total Impact:

$76,250,045 output
587 jobs
$21,886,889 income

McIntosh County

McIntosh County enjoys a relatively small Cherokee Nation presence in comparison to regional economies. Cherokee Nation operations purchase $720,000 from local vendors while sending just more than $200,000 to McIntosh County in the form of payments to employees who live and spend in the county.

Total Impact:

$1,182,595 output
17 jobs
$463,183 income

Muskogee County

Muskogee County enjoys a strong Cherokee Nation presence. Cherokee Nation directly accounts for more than $47 million in county produced goods and services while purchasing another $18.6 million from local vendors.

Total Impact:

$82,124,063 output
713 jobs
$29,537,284 income

Nowata County

Nowata County impacts are driven by a Cherokee Nation presence directly employing 87 people while purchasing $1.5 million in goods and services from local vendors.

Total Impact:

$4,556,019 output
154 jobs
$6,487,058 income

Ottawa County

In spite of not having a direct Cherokee Nation or Cherokee Nation Businesses operations in the county, Ottawa County enjoys economic benefits from local vendor purchases and local spending from employees who work in other counties but reside in Ottawa County.

Total Impact:

$1,992,257 output
53 jobs
$479,904 income

Rogers County

Cherokee Nation economic impacts in Rogers County are primarily the result of a significant Cherokee Nation Businesses presence and significant spending in the local economy as Cherokee Nation employees live and spend in the local economy.

Total Impact:

$308,115,182 output
2,593 jobs
$123,950,453 income

Sequoyah County

Sequoyah County enjoys a significant Cherokee Nation Businesses presence that, when combined with Cherokee Nation vendor purchases and local employee spending, sets in motion sizeable economic multiplier effects.

Total Impact:

$117,259,031 output
1,039 jobs
$37,397,749 income

Tulsa County

The economy of Tulsa County benefits both from a strong local Cherokee Nation Businesses presence and from a large collection of local vendors that support Cherokee Nation operations in northeastern Oklahoma.

Total Impact:

$460,833,252 output
2,293 jobs
$123,091,519 income

Wagoner County

Wagoner County economic impacts stem from purchases from local vendors and employee spending in the Wagoner County economy.

Total Impact:

$4,508,558 output
56 jobs
$1,176,131 income

Washington County

The economic influence of the Cherokee Nation in Washington County continues to grow as Cherokee Nation Businesses’ direct output now approaches $31.7 million.

Total Impact:

$44,729,596 output
332 jobs
$11,995,380 income