Cherokee Nationmore than $6 million to 108 school districts, the largest amount to schools in our 14-county jurisdiction since we began contributing 38 percent of annual car tag revenues to education in 2002. Public education is the great equalizer. It is the glue that binds us together. It is the bedrock of our communities, and it is the greatest hope for a new generation. With our latest investment, the Cherokee Nation recommitted to the health and wellness of public school students, teachers, administrators and support staff. We showed once again how Cherokee Nation puts our money where our mouth is.
The Cherokee Nation has long been a strong partner of schools in northeast Oklahoma, because we know, especially in this endeavor, that we are all in it together. The long-term friendships forged between the Cherokee Nation and area public schools provide an indispensable pathway to opportunity for tens of thousands of young people living in our communities. We invest in schools so that when we pass on the Cherokee Nation to our kids, they will be ready to carry on our work with the foundation of a great education.
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.
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