Tribes in Oklahoma raise their minimum wage above federal level

The new Chickasaw Nation Community Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Photo from Facebook

At least five Oklahoma tribes, including two with large enterprises, have raised their minimum wage well above the federal standard of $7.25 per hour.

The Chickasaw Nation set its minimum wage at $9 to $9.50 per hour. The tribe has 10,000 employees.

The Cherokee Nation raised its minimum wage to $9.50 and hour. The tribe has 8,000 employees.

The Osage Nation appears to have the highest minimum wage -- $11.50 per hour. The Muscogee Nation isn't far behind at $10.15 an hour.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes set the minimum wage at $9 per hour.

The state doesn't have an explicit minimum wage but adopts the federal standard by reference, according to the Department of Labor.

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