Canku Ota


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AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 27, 2001 - Issue 28



School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Tribe to Issue License Tags to Benefit Schools

TAHLEQUAH -- With schools listed as a major beneficiary, the Cherokee Nation council unanimously approved legislation Monday night allowing the tribe, the largest in Oklahoma, to issue its own motor vehicle license tags.

David Mullon, the tribe's associate general counsel, said a large number of Cherokee Nation members had expressed support for the move, one similar to that previously approved by the Creek Nation and other tribes in Oklahoma.

If possible, Mullon said, the tribe could enter into a compact with the state to coordinate its motor vehicle licensing activities with those of the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Chief Chad Smith was authorized to negotiate the compact, which would have to be approved by a tribal council resolution, with state officials.

The action by the tribal council will be a benefit to public schools within the tribe's 14-county jurisdiction in northeastern Oklahoma, according to the approved legislation.

Thousands of children who are enrolled as members of the Cherokee Nation attend public schools, tribe officials said.

By granting revenues to public schools, Mullon said, the tribe will be lessening the revenue impact on the state.

A portion of the money also is designated for Sequoyah High School near the tribal headquarters in Tahlequah.

The federally funded school receives no funds from the state automobile licensing revenues, he said.

To his knowledge, Mullon said, the Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in Oklahoma to offer to enter into a revenue-sharing agreement with the state to benefit public schools.




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