TAHLEQUAH (AP) – A study estimates that the Cherokee Nation has a direct economic impact on the Oklahoma economy that's greater than $2 billion.
Economist Russell Evans conducted the study, which was commissioned by the tribe.
It found that direct or indirect employment by the Tahlequah-based tribe totals nearly 18,000 jobs in northeast Oklahoma alone. Those positions are estimated to support $785 million in salary and benefits.
DURANT – The Choctaw Nation Election Board goes into session Monday, April 10 for the 2017 elections. Filing for Choctaw Nation Tribal Council elections is only days away with the election itself set for mid-summer. The Choctaw Nation Election Board will be in session for the duration of the election to oversee the process.
Every two years there are six seats on the 12-person Tribal Council up for election. Seats to be filled in 2017 include Districts 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12. An election will not be held in the event that a candidate for elected office runs unopposed.
Filing period for the 2017 elections will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, April 17. The three-day window will end at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.
DURANT - Berdie Williams, resident of Choctaw Nation District 9, Bryan County, Oklahoma has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Choctaw Tribal Council. The election date is set for July 8, 2017. Williams is a current and long-time employee in Choctaw Nation tribal government. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.