Cherokees give more than $4 million in car tag revenue to area schools

From Tulsa World, here.  An excerpt:

CATOOSA — Cherokee Nation officials handed out more than $4 million in car-tag revenue funds to area school districts Friday as part of its annual Public School Appreciation Day at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of the revenue generated by its car-tag sales to northeastern Oklahoma school districts. Previously, funding was only given to districts at least partially within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdictional area or within a two-mile buffer zone along its boundaries.

However, with tribal citizens statewide now able to purchase car tags, the Cherokee Tribal Council amended its car-tag law in February to include school districts just outside of the tribe’s jurisdictional areas in Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner, Mayes and Muskogee counties. Those five counties alone accounted for $1.5 million in car-tag revenue in 2014.

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