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