Oklahoma is arguably the most distinctive state in the union. It is the home of four million people, a place of great beauty and abundant natural resources. However, what most sets Oklahoma apart are the 38 sovereign Indian nations that share this land.
The Cherokee Nation came to this area more than 180 years ago, decades before Oklahoma became a state. Because this is our forever home, we invest in long-term growth. We do not outsource jobs. We do not move our headquarters out of state or move production overseas to find a better deal. We are long-term partners with Oklahoma, with our futures linked together.
Cherokee Nation’s economic impact on the state of Oklahoma continues to grow. Now measured at $2.16 billion per year, our impact has more than doubled during the past eight years. We directly employ more than 11,000 people, altogether supporting more than 19,000 jobs. Our businesses generate more than $800 million in annual personal income. In fiscal year 2018, our employees provided more than $12 million to the state in the form of income tax.
We’ve built the largest Native health care system in the U.S. and just opened the largest outpatient facility in Indian country. The investment of $200 million of our own money brings $100 million per year in new federal health funding to the region and enables us to hire an additional 800 health care workers. Besides providing good jobs and life-saving care, our health system takes the pressure off overburdened private and state […]