Local & Regional
8:53 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Cherokee Nation Awards $3.4 Million to Schools

Chief Bill John Baker makes the announcement
Chief Bill John Baker makes the announcement
Credit Anadisgoi

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has donated $3.4 million to 91 northeastern Oklahoma school districts to help schools meet funding needs.

The money was donated Friday during the Cherokee Nation's Public School Appreciation Day, held at Sequoyah High School.

Each year the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of tribal car tags to help schools in the 14-county tribal jurisdiction. Schools have complete discretion over the funding, which is not earmarked for any specific purpose.

Schools use the funds to pay for everything from teacher salaries, advanced student coursework and classroom technology. Although funds are allocated based on Cherokee student headcount, the money can be used to help any student or program administrators see fit.

This year's donation is up from $3.2 million last year.