Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts

The Cherokee Color Guard participates in Cherokee Nation's annual Public School Appreciation Day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 24, 2017. Photo: Anadisgoi / Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation donated a record $5 million to public schools in Oklahoma.

The money comes from the tribe's car tag program. The tribe shares 38 percent of revenues with 107 school districts in its 14-county jurisdictional area.

“When Cherokees across Oklahoma register their vehicles with the Cherokee Nation, they are making an investment in education, an investment in our young people and in the future,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a press release.

The allocation is a record because it marked the first full year in which Cherokee citizens throughout the state could purchase a tribal car tag. Up until 2015, sales were limited to those who lived in the 14-county area.

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