Cherokee Nation Releases Economic Impact Report

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Findings show more than $1 billion impact on Oklahoma’s economy

The Cherokee Nation officially released its latest economic impact report at news conferences in Oklahoma City and Tulsa today. The independent report finds the Cherokee Nation has an impact of more than $1 billion on the state’s output level. That includes $401 million in state income impacts, while directly and indirectly supporting more than 13,500 jobs.

“One of my top priorities is to accurately quantify the impact the Cherokee Nation has on our state’s economy,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “While we knew all along the impact was substantial, we were proud to see the significant impact our tribal and business operations have on the state of Oklahoma.”

The report studied the economic impact from Cherokee operations in the 14 counties of the Cherokee Nation.The Cherokee Nation government operations employ more than 3,250 individuals, with the majority working and residing in the Cherokee Nation’s northeast Oklahoma jurisdictional boundary.Cherokee Nation Businesses, wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, employs an additional 5,400 Oklahomans, making the Cherokee Nation a top employer in northeast Oklahoma.

“I think it becomes clear, when you look at the numbers in this report, that the Cherokee Nation plays a major role in the overall success of the state’s economy,” Baker said.“The Cherokee Nation is proud to be a vital and lasting part of the fabric of Oklahoma’s economy.With a presence in 14 counties throughout northeast Oklahoma, our roots are here and will always be here.We are proud of the progress of a generation and look forward to supporting northeast Oklahoma for generations to come.”

Beyond its direct investments, the Cherokee Nation supports a number of local diverse and growing industries and helps drive concurrent private sector investments and development in northeast Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation’s government is responsible for a variety of public services including child care, career services, elder services and health care services.

The report was commissioned by the Cherokee Nation and produced by Russell Evans, executive director and research economist at the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. Evans and his research team spent nearly a year carefully collecting and reviewing data to paint an accurate picture of the Cherokee Nation’s impact on the state of Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation Businesses’ diverse business portfolio includes environmental and construction, health care services, manufacturing, hospitality, industrial, real estate, safety and security and information technology.

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About the Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally-recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 300,000 citizens, over 8,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.


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