- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation is distributing checks totaling $4 million from tribal car tag sales to 106 school districts later this week.

The checks will be handed out Friday at the Tahlequah-based tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of the 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.

The tribe says the $4 million is the largest amount ever distributed by the Cherokee Nation to area school districts.

Last year, the Cherokees distributed $3.4 million.

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