Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed agreements Friday that will allow Cherokee citizens living in all 77 Oklahoma counties to buy a Cherokee Nation license plate.
“This is a historic day for the Cherokee Nation,” Chief Baker said. “I am so proud that our Nation will now allow every Cherokee citizen across all 77 counties to display a Cherokee tag on their car or recreational vehicle. By doing so we are strengthening our sovereignty, creating more jobs and lowering the costs of car tags for thousands of Cherokees.”
The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in Oklahoma to offer car tags to its citizens statewide. Two compacts were signed by the Chief and the Governor at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
“Today’s agreement is a product of a good working relationship and a mutual respect between the Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma,” Governor Fallin said. “In the spirit of that partnership, this new compact ensures that revenues from Cherokee Nation car tags are split between the Cherokees and state and local governments. Local schools, county roads, and other important priorities will benefit from this agreement. My thanks go out to Chief Baker for working with the state and with my office on this important issue.”
One compact now allows Cherokee citizens in all of Tulsa, Wagoner, Rogers, Mayes and Muskogee Counties to purchase a tribal car tag at the same rate as in jurisdiction Cherokee citizens have the past 10 years.
A separate compact, covers all other Cherokee Nation citizens living inside the State of Oklahoma. These citizens can now showcase their heritage while potentially receiving an instant rebate from the tribe that would provide savings over the cost of a state license tag.