In 2018 alone, our gaming operations sent more than $31 million to the state of Oklahoma. Most of these gaming fees were earmarked specifically for education. However, our impact goes far beyond the dollars associated with our gaming compact. Our economic impact on the state – almost $2.2 billion annually – is rooted in our commitment to invest in Oklahoma communities, big and small. Cherokee Nation and CNB remain steadfast in our commitment to growing the local economy, both for our Cherokee citizens and our non-Cherokee neighbors. We proudly reinvest our profits in services and facilities that make northeast Oklahoma a great place to live and raise a family. We have forged numerous partnerships to bring quality jobs, services and health care to the region. Together, Cherokee Nation and CNB provide direct employment to more than 9,600 people and support thousands of additional jobs through our partnerships and economic development projects. We provide millions to northeast Oklahoma public schools each year and bolster our region’s health care, roads and communities. I’d like to thank our talented workforce for its commitment during these challenging times. Their hard work and dedication have turned our ability to operate gaming businesses into tremendous benefits for our citizens and the people of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s legal dispute with tribes over the compact came at a steep cost to Oklahoma taxpayers and an even steeper cost to the invaluable relationship between tribal governments and state government. But, it is incumbent upon all leaders, state and tribal, to move past the dispute and work together to ensure that the best days for Oklahoma, and tribes, are ahead of us. Tribal contributions to this state are strong, and with renewal of our gaming confirmed, they will stay that way. As I have said before, we are all in this together. Together, we make our communities and our families stronger. Together, we have accomplished so much in the past 15 years, and I am excited to see what the next 15 will bring.
From contracting #COVID19 to being cut out of talks with tribes, #Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) has endured a rough month. But he's still trying to force tribes into paying more revenues to the state. #Coronavirus @UnitedForOK @GovStitt @okindiangaming https://t.co/MiC0xdmzym— indianz.com (@indianz) July 29, 2020
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the 18th elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States. He is only the second elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from Vinita, the first being Thomas Buffington, who served from 1899-1903. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, Hoskin served as the tribe’s Secretary of State. He also formerly served as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11 for six years.