- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation says the tribe had a $1.55 billion impact on the northeast Oklahoma economy last year.

The Tahlequah-based tribe released the findings of a study produced by Russell Evans of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University on Friday. Economists studied the 2014 fiscal year to compile the report.

The study showed the tribe either directly or indirectly supports more than 15,600 jobs and $645 million in wages throughout northeast Oklahoma.

It also indicates that the tribe’s direct economic activities provide employment for more than 10,000 people, including contract workers, and that its operations and activities are valued at $1.2 billion.

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