Cherokee Nation is committed to protecting our inherent sovereignty, preserving and promoting Cherokee culture, language and values and improving the quality of life for the next seven generations of Cherokee citizens.

That is why we invest in the brightest, most talented individuals to join our Cherokee Nation work family - because making investments in our workforce means the Cherokee Nation tribal government can do more and provide more for Cherokee people.

With more than 11,000 employees, Cherokee Nation now drives more than $3.04 billion annually into the Oklahoma economy. The tribe and its businesses continually expand opportunities and advantages throughout northeast Oklahoma by supporting education, growing industries, providing jobs, improving health care, building infrastructure and more.

An economic impact report by Dr. Russell Evans, principal of the Economic Impact Group and executive director of Economic Research and Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University, shows the tribe remains one of the state’s biggest economic drivers through investments, employment, labor income, and local production of goods and services.

The range of direct services includes health care, career services, human services, education and housing. The tribe also makes significant investments in roads, bridges, transportation, housing, public water and sanitation systems.

During 2021, the fiscal year studied by the economists, Cherokee Nation:

  • Built or repaired nearly 91 miles of road

  • Served 1.57 million patient visits & filled 1.7 million prescriptions

  • Installed 17.1 miles of water lines & completed 672 water improvement projects

  • Delivered more than 146,000 meals to elders

  • Provided 3,155 low-income households with heating & energy assistance

  • Provided $19.6 million in scholarships to students

  • Provided $7.4 million in contributions of car tag revenues to public schools across northeast Oklahoma

  • Spent $108.5 million with TERO vendors (153% increase since 2018)


Learn more about Cherokee Nation's economic impact by visiting cherokeenationimpact.com