Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Schools to Get Cherokee Tag Money Friday

The Cherokee Nation will distribute checks totaling $4 million to 106 school districts, including those in Sequoyah County, on Friday during the tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day event. Each year the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of tribal car tags to help school districts fund teacher staffing, buy new technology or other needs. School districts have total discretion on how to spend the funds.

Since the tribe expanded car tag sales last year to Cherokee Nation citizens outside its 14-county jurisdiction for the first time, more school districts just outside its boundaries are now benefiting. Some of those school districts include Broken Arrow, Coweta, Jenks, Sand Springs and Wainwright. The $4 million is the largest amount ever distributed by the tribe to area school districts. Last year the tribe distributed $3.4 million. Area school district superintendents will be treated to lunch and pick up their check during the event. 

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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