MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 17, 2013

Cherokee Nation’s economic impact on state is $1.3 billion


— TAHLEQUAH (AP)  —The Cherokee Nation had a $1.3 billion economic impact on the state of Oklahoma during 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the tribe.

The report said the Cherokee Nation government and business operations directly accounted for more than 8,000 jobs and an additional 1,160 contract employees.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said the tribe broke all records in production output, dividends and number of employees. He said the tribe’s business umbrella, Cherokee Nation Businesses, continues to diversify and broaden its portfolio.

The portfolio includes such industries as construction, health care services, hospitality, manufacturing, security and defense, and information technology.

“When you calculate dollars being invested and their ripple effect, the Cherokee Nation is doing more than its share to grow a healthy Oklahoma,” Baker said in the report. “Our success is the state’s success. A strong Cherokee Nation means a strong Oklahoma.”

The report was conducted by the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University. It examines the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee Nation Businesses economic impact on 14 counties in northeast Oklahoma, which makes up the tribe’s jurisdictional boundaries.