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Cherokee Nation Donates to Okla. Schools

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Today at Sequoyah High School the Cherokee Nation donated $3.4 million to 91 Oklahoma school districts.

"We are proud to make this record investment to our area schools. Our car tag compact with the state of Oklahoma is important because funds are partially earmarked for education," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said.

"As education budgets continue to be stretched thinner and thinner, the Cherokee Nation's contributions to schools have only increased. We expect that trend to continue now that we've expanded our license plate service area to cover all of Tulsa, Muskogee and other areas. Our local schools are important partners to the Cherokee Nation, so this is a great way to help ensure their continued success," Baker said.

Each year, 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of tribal car tags goes to schools within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.

The schools being donated to control of the uses of the money that was donated to them.

"With the budget cuts we've faced over the past six years at the state level, the funding from the

Cherokee Nation is a tremendous benefit to our district and our students, and it will go directly

into funding staff positions," said Don Raleigh, superintendent of Pryor Public Schools.

"We appreciate all the tribe does on our behalf," Raleigh said.

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