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Where the Casino Money Goes
                                  Planting the Seed Corn for our Children’s Future

    Where the Casino Money Goes


    Simply Put….

    	   	 $119.4 million	 –	 Payroll	to	employees,	most	of	whom	are	Cherokee
    	   + $167.2 million	 –	 Operating	expenses,	with	preference	for	spending	the
    	   	       	                                            	 money	with	businesses	owned	by	and	employing	Cherokees

    	   + $ 20.4 million	 –		Gaming	compact	fees	with	the	state,	with	the	money
    	   	       	                                            	 earmarked	for	public	education	and	jobs	in	the	horse	racing	industry

        + $ 77.9 million	 –		Creating	hundreds	of	new	jobs	for	Cherokees	in	local	communities
    	   + $ 33.7 million	 –		Services	for	Cherokee	elders,	youth	and	communities
    	   	 __________________________________________
          $418.6 million	 going	to	make	better	lives	for	Cherokee	citizens

        n		Profit	 .................................. $111.6	million
                 .

        n		Payroll	................................. $119.4	million
                                                                                                           5%
        n		Operating	Expenses	............. $167.2	million

        n		Contributions	to	Education	
        					&	Horse	Racing	Industry	.... $20.4	million
                                                                                     39%                              27%


                                                                                                         29%


                                                                                                      Cherokee.org	
                                                                                                 777	W	Cherokee	St	
                                                                                                 Catoosa,	OK	74015	
                                                                                                CherokeeCasino.com
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Planting the Seed Corn for our Children’s Future

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            Sincerely,

             	

             Chad	Smith
             Pr incipal	Chief




                 Joe	Grayson,	Jr.
                 Deputy	Chief                                                                                     Chad Smith, Principal Chief            Joe Grayson, Jr., Deputy Chief




Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
Back row, L-R: Meredith Frailey, Chris Soap, Cara Cowan-Watts, Buel Anglen, Bradley Cobb, Chief Chad Smith, Deputy Chief Joe Grayson,
Jr., Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Julia Coates, Jack Baker. Front row, L-R: Bill John Baker, Tina Glory-Jordan, S. Joe Crittenden, Jodie Fishinghawk,
David Thornton, Sr., Janelle Lattimore Fullbright, Don Garvin, Harley L. Buzzard, Curtis G. Snell.                                                                                        
    CNE’s sound leadership is firmly rooted in
    business experience and Cherokee heritage.
    Cherokee	Nation	Enterprises	is	entirely	owned	by	the	Cherokee	Nation.	As	with	all	Cherokee	Nation	businesses,	it	is	managed	
    using	a	corporate	business	model	comprised	of	a	board	of	directors	and	an	executive	management	team.	This	allows	for	the	
    business	decision-making	and	day-to-day	operations	of	the	company	to	be	free	of	political	influence	or	pressure.	Solid,	proven	
    business	leaders	make	the	business	decisions,	while	elected	government	leaders	concentrate	on	running	the	government.

    Unlike	many	tribes	across	the	country	who	use	outside	management	companies	to	operate	their	casinos,	CNE’s	board	of	
    directors	and	workforce	are	comprised	mainly	of	Cherokees.					


    CNE’s	board	members	include:

    Cherokee	citizen	and	board	chairman,	  Jay Hannah	is	the	executive	vice-
    president	of	financial	services	at	BancFirst	in	Oklahoma	City.		


    B.J. Dumond,	a	Cherokee	citizen	born	and	raised	in	Tahlequah,	owns	
    Simple	Simon’s	Pizza,	B&B	Real	Estate,	LLC	and	has	interest	in	Tulsa	5-Star,	which	
    owns	two	franchise	Music-Go-Round	retail	stores.		


    Dennis Dowell	is	a	Cherokee	citizen	who	has	served	as	a	director	of	
    non-profit	federally	funded	programs	within	the	state	of	Oklahoma.	


    M.A. Lechtenberger,	a	citizen	of	the	Cherokee	Nation,	is	a	
    retired	petroleum	professional	who	spent	20	years	with	Exxon	and	1	years	with	
    CITGO	Petroleum,	Inc.	


    Bob McSpadden,	a	citizen	of	the	Cherokee	Nation,	has	a	long	history	
    with	the	Cherokee	Nation	as	a	formal	tribal	council	member	and	active	citizen.	


    Michael “Mick” Webber                            ,	 a	 Cherokee	 citizen,	 is	 the	
    president	and	CEO	of	HydroHoist	Inc.	International,	based	in	his	hometown	of	
    Claremore,	Okla.		


    Dave Tippeconnic,	former	chief	executive	officer	of	CNE,	has	
    been	 fundamental	 in	 CNE’s	 recent	 growth.	 Highlighting	Tippeconnic’s	 9	 years	 in	
    the	 petroleum	 industry	 was	 his	 role	 as	 president	 and	 CEO	 of	 CITGO	 Petroleum	
    Corporation,	one	of	the	largest	oil	companies	in	the	world.	




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Cherokee Nation Enterprises creates jobs through
gaming, hospitality, retail and cultural tourism.

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                                                                   herokee	Nation	Enterpr ise
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                                                                                               	Cherokee	people,	
                                                                  nd	the	vision	to	reinvest	in
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                                       safe	p roperties	and	superior	gu                                    	CNE	to	
       Cherokee	Casinos’	clean,	                                               	market.	This	has	enabled
                                     estinations	  in	the	Oklahoma	gaming                    ople	through	jobs	or	
        the	top	entertainment	d                                   eturned	to	Cherokee	pe
                                     	profits,	all	of	which	are	r
        achieve	record breaking
        gover nment	services.	
                                                                                                             the	next	
                                                                                 ate	another	1,000	jobs	in	
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                                                                                             rokees.
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          David	Stewart
          Cherokee	Citizen
          Chief	Executive	Officer
                                  ises
          Cherokee	Nation	Enterpr
                                                                       	a	horse	
                                         ises	operates	seven	casinos,
           Cherokee	Nation	Enterpr                                  nvenience	
                                         wo	golf	courses,	two	co
           racing	track,	three	hotels,	t                               and	
                                        s,	a	full service	travel	plaza	
           stores,	six	tobacco	retailer
           four	gift	shops.




                                                                   Cherokee Casino Resort, Catoosa, employs nearly 1,800 people, with
                                                                   plans to add 500 more jobs by early 2009. Company-wide, CNE
                                                                   employs more than 3,200 people, the majority of whom are Cherokee.




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                                   Employing Cherokees

    In 2007, $111.6 million in casino profit was reinvested
    in jobs and services for Cherokee citizens.

                                                    5%
                                                                                      .
                                                                             n		Profit	 ........................................... $111.6	million

                                         39%             27%                 n		Payroll	.......................................... $119.4	million

                                                                             n		Operating	Expenses	...................... $167.2	million
                                                   29%                       n		Contributions	to	Education	
                                                                                                          .
                                                                             						&	Horse	Racing	Industry	 ........... $20.4	million


    Cherokee	Nation	Enterprises’	total	revenue	in	2007	was	                    The	second	largest	portion	is	spent	on	payroll,	which	totaled	
    $418.6	million.	The	largest	portion	of	CNE’s	revenue	is	                   $119.4	million.	This	paid	for	wages,	payroll	taxes	and	benefits	
    spent	on	operating	costs	to	keep	the	businesses	going,	such	               for	CNE’s	more	than	,200	employees	in	2007,	71	percent	of	
    as	utilities,	building	maintenance,	supplies,	furniture	and	               whom	are	Native	American.	CNE	offers	top	benefits	such	as	
    inventory	for	restaurants	and	stores.	Operating	costs	for	2007	            health,	life	and	disability	insurance	and	an	employer-matched	
    totaled	$167.2	million.                                                    retirement	plan.

    Tamara Cooksey (left), Cherokee citizen, with Crystal Wachoche, started her employment with Cherokee Nation Enterprises in 1990 as a
    secretary. Now, more than 18 years later, she is a business process analyst supporting the company’s accounting and information technology systems.




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The best service the Cherokee Nation can provide
one of its citizens is a job.
One	hundred	percent	of	the	casino	profits	benefit	the	                        Because	of	the	Jobs	Growth	Act,	thousands	of	Cherokees	
Cherokee	people.		Seventy	percent,	or	$77.9	million	in	2007,	                 can	now	stay	home	in	their	communities	to	live	and	work,	
is	reinvested	to	continue	the	cycle	of	job	growth	and	increased	              instead	of	moving	away	from	home.		When	Cherokee	families	
profits	as	is	shown	on	the	next	two	pages.		Thirty	percent,	or	               live	and	work	in	Cherokee	communities,	those	communities	
$.7	million	in	2007,	goes	to	the	Cherokee	Nation	to	help	                   remain	strong	and	allow	our	culture	to	thrive.		That’s	why	job	
fund	government	services	for	Cherokees.		Those	expenditures	                  creation	is	so	important:		not	only	do	jobs	help	individuals	and	
are	detailed	on	pages	16	to	2.                                               families,	they	also	make	communities	and	the	entire	Cherokee	
                                                                              Nation	a	better	place	to	live.
Creating	jobs	and	investing	in	the	future,																															,	
is	not	just	a	policy;	it	is	actually	a	law	that	has	been	approved	
by	the	Chief	and	the	Council.		It’s	called	the	Jobs	Growth	Act,	
and	it	makes	sure	Cherokee	Nation	companies	devote		
70	percent	of	their	profits	to	growing	and	creating	more		
jobs	for	Cherokees.


Frank Caffey, Cherokee citizen and customer service representative, worked at Cherokee Casino Resort for more than two years before transferring to
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs to work in his hometown of Claremore. Opened by CNE in 2005, the mile-long oval horse track underwent a major
renovation in 2007.The casino, track and simulcast facility now employs more than 160 people.




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    Gaming profits are the seed corn for creating
    more jobs and more services for Cherokees.
                                                                         CNE	Yearly	Profits
                  $120,000,000



                   100,000,000



                     80,000,000



                     60,000,000



                     40,000,000



                     20,000,000




                                      1997     1998     1999     2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005      2006     2007




    We	know	that	the	Jobs	Growth	Act	works,	because	the		                        decade	later,	Cherokee	Nation	Enterprises	is	making	more	
    results	show	it.		In	1999,	casino	profits	were	less	than	$5	                 than	20	times	what	it	did	before.		This	growth	not	only	makes	
    million	per	year.		Cherokee	Nation	leadership	decided	to																     millions	of	additional	dollars	available	for	services	to	the	
    plant	the	seed	corn	and	invest	in	the	future.		Instead	of	                   Cherokee	people,	but	it	also	allows	for	the	further	expansions	
    spending	all	the	money	that	was	coming	in	seven	or	eight	                    that	are	underway	for	Cherokee	Casinos	at	Catoosa	and	West	
    years	ago,	the	Cherokee	Nation	decided	to	expand	its	                        Siloam	Springs	that	will	increase	profits	even	further.		
    businesses,	creating	more	profits	and	more	jobs.	Less	than	a	

    Greg Collins, a Cherokee citizen, is a table games dealer at Cherokee Casino Roland.Through reinvestment of gaming dollars, CNE now generates more
    than $400 million annually in revenue and employs more than 3,200 people, the majority of whom are Cherokee.




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Planting the seed corn into expanding casinos
creates jobs for generations to come.
Because	the	Cherokee	Nation	has	decided	to	create	jobs	for	                  in	2007	and	will	create	1,000	more	in	the	next	year	with	
its	citizens	and	grow	its	businesses	through	reinvestment,	CNE	              expansion	projects	in	Catoosa	and	West	Siloam	Springs.		By	
and	Cherokee	Casinos	have	shown	an	incredible	increase	in	                   planting	the	seed	corn	into	new	and	expanding	businesses,		
jobs	for	Cherokees	in	their	home	communities	-	more	than	                    the	Cherokee	Nation	is	creating	jobs	in	Cherokee	
2,100	in	the	past	four	years.		CNE	created	nearly	400	jobs	                  communities	and	helping	keep	its	culture	strong.

                                                           CNE’s	Growing	Workforce

                                                                                                              180
                                                                                                     2800

                                                                                           1982

                                                                                  160
                                                                        1028
                                             424 511 69
                                    86
                                   1992 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007

Rachel White, Cherokee citizen, loves her job at Cherokee Casino Resort, Catoosa. She worked at the resort’s gift shop for many years and now manages
the retail tobacco store. CNE is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma, employing more than 3,200 people in 2007 with good, stable jobs
with benefits.




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                                Employing Cherokees

     “You come in and do the same work every day, but
      it’s different every day. It’s been fun, challenging
      and exciting to work here.”
                                                              – Tamera Eagle, Cherokee citizen, revenue audit manager, Cherokee Casino Sallisaw


     From	the	ground	up,	that’s	just	about	how	long	Tamera	Eagle	      assistant	gaming	manager,	staying	in	that	position	for	six	years.		
     has	worked	for	CNE,	or	as	it	was	called	back	then,	Cherokee	      But	after	having	a	baby,	I	wanted	to	work	days,	so	I	got	a	
     Nation	Outpost.	Her	badge	number:	2,	out	of	more	than	            position	in	accounting.	And	now,	I’ve	been	in	this	department	
     15,000	issued	to	date.	Tamera	Eagle	has	worked	for	CNE	for	       for	more	than	ten	years.”
     17	years	and	is	Cherokee	Casinos’	longest-term	employee.
                                                                       What	has	kept	Tamera	at	Cherokee	Casinos	for	so	long?	
     	Tamera	currently	works	as	revenue	audit	manager	for	             First	and	foremost,	the	pay	and	benefits.	Secondly,	Tamera	
     Cherokee	Casino	Sallisaw,	overseeing	the	accounting	for	both	     enjoys	being	able	to	work	in	her	hometown	of	Sallisaw.		“The	
     Sallisaw	and	Roland	casinos.	And	with	the	recent	growth	          benefits	here	are	outstanding,”	says	Tamera.	“Coming	from	
     of	Cherokee	Casinos,	she	has	been	involved	with	the	start-        such	a	small	town,	you’re	not	going	to	find	a	job	in	this	area	
     up	operations	of	many	other	locations	as	well.	This	growth,	      that	offers	what	CNE	offers,	maybe	not	even	in	Fort	Smith.	
     coupled	with	CNE’s	Cherokee	preference	hiring	policy,	            Having	the	benefits	has	made	my	life	great,	and	my	family	has	
     means	Cherokees	can	have	a	long-term	career	with	plenty	          seen	that	too.	My	kids	want	to	work	here,	and	my	sister	and	
     of	opportunities	for	promotion,	just	like	Tamera.	“I	initially	   mother	both	have	gotten	jobs	here	because	of	how	well	the	
     started	as	a	pull-tab	supervisor	at	the	Roland	Bingo	Outpost,”	   company	has	treated	me.”
     says	Tamera.	“Then	I	quickly	moved	to	assistant	manager,	then	



                             reinvesting	in	jobs




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“Education is its own reward. When you are in
 class and learning, you feel good about yourself.
 Fortunately, for us it’s free.”
             – Roger Barr, Cherokee citizen, e-games performance manager, Cherokee Casino Tahlequah and Cherokee Casino Ft. Gibson



Education	and	experience	is	what	Roger	Barr	calls	“the	total	        of	the	upward	mobility	it	provides,”	Roger	says.	“But	there	is	
package.”	Sometimes	missing	out	on	one	or	the	other	will	put	        going	to	come	a	time	when	you	need	the	credentials	to	make	
you	out	of	line	for	a	promotion.	“You	can	be	the	best	manager	       it	to	the	next	level.”	
in	the	world,	but	a	requisite	is	a	requisite,”	explains	Roger,	a	
lifetime	resident	of	Cherokee	County.                                CNE’s	tuition	reimbursement	program	and	other	educational	
                                                                     opportunities	allow	CNE	employees	to	attend	education	
Because	of	CNE’s	education	reimbursement	program,	Roger	             courses	to	increase	their	job	opportunities.	
is	now	just	months	away	from	completing	his	bachelor’s	
degree	in	criminal	justice	at	Northeastern	State	University.	        Roger	strongly	believes	that	furthering	a	person’s	education	
Already	a	graduate	from	Tulsa	Community	College’s	                   creates	better	job	opportunities	for	the	individual,	but	it	
hospitality	gaming	operations	program,	also	provided	by	CNE,	        also	strengthens	communities	and	the	Cherokee	Nation.	
Roger	says	he	believes	his	educational	experience	has	helped	        “Education	is	paramount	for	Cherokee	citizens,”	says	Roger.		
him	climb	the	job	ladder	at	CNE.                                     It	is	part	of	achieving	self-sufficiency	as	a	Cherokee	people.

Roger	is	currently	the	e-games	performance	manager	for	              “For	the	future,	I	see	people	getting	degrees	and	becoming	
Cherokee	Casinos	Tahlequah	and	Ft.	Gibson	properties.	This	          upwardly	mobile.	Then	if	CNE	wants	to	embark	on	other	
means	he	oversees	all	of	the	operations,	analysis	and	employees	     ventures,	we	have	people	in	place	who	have	the	capacity	to	go	
of	the	casinos’	electronic	games.	“I	think	you	always	have	to	       forward	and	help	maximize	other	business	ventures	to	make	
push	education.	This	company	is	a	great	place	to	work	because	       the	Cherokee	Nation	more	sufficient,”	Roger	says.




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                                     Employing Cherokees

     CNE creates jobs by devoting 70 percent of its profits,
     or $77.9 million in 2007, to doing just that.

     Cherokee	Casino	Resort	tops	the	list	with	a	reinvestment	                   first-class,	full-service	travel	center	in	2007.	The	center	created	
     of	$1.1	million	in	the	property	to	complete	the	multi-level	               15	new	jobs	for	Cherokee	citizens.
     parking	garage	and	begin	expansion	of	the	casino	and	hotel.		
     Expanding	the	resort	creates	more	than	500	new	jobs	for	                    CNE	also	reinvested	another	$4.	million	in	acquiring	land	
     Cherokee	citizens.	The	resort	will	include	a	new	19-story	                  for	future	use	and	completing	remodel	projects	at	Cherokee	
     hotel,	expanded	gaming	space,	additional	convention	and	                    Casino	Tahlequah,	Cherokee	Casino	Roland	and	Cherokee	
     banquet	space,	a	2,000-seat	arena,	and	more	restaurants	and	                Casino	Will	Rogers	Downs.	These	properties	together	employ	
     nightclubs,	including	a	Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.               more	than	650.

     Cherokee	Casino	West	Siloam	Springs	is	also	undergoing		                    The	remaining	$4.8	million	of	Jobs	Growth	Act	dollars	
     an	expansion	to	create	more	than	500	new	jobs.	CNE	                         is	dedicated	to	completing	the	expansions	at	West	Siloam	
     reinvested	$10.7	million	in	2007	in	this	property.		Total	                  Springs	and	Catoosa,	due	to	be	completed	in	2008	and	2009,	
     construction	costs	are	estimated	at	$108	million	for	the		                  respectively,	and	future	expansion	to	create	even	more	jobs	for	
     new	12,000-square-foot	casino	and	8-story	hotel	complex.                   Cherokee	citizens.

     The	Cherokee	Travel	Plaza,	Roland,	opened	for	business	in	
     May	2007.	CNE	spent	$6	million	on	finishing	touches	to	this	



     The first steel beam is set on November 1, 2007, for the massive expansion of Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs.The expansion creates approximately
     500 new jobs, more than doubling its current employee count of 450.




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“I’ve found opportunities here and I enjoy my
 work: the challenges, interaction with guests and
 meeting new people. It’s just different every day
 here at the casino.”
                                   – Robert H. Teehee, Cherokee citizen, customer service administrator, Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs


 Two	and	a	half	years	ago,	Cherokee	citizen	Robert	Teehee	            believe	in	hard	work,	and	I	knew	that	I	could	reach	my	goal	if	
 hired	on	with	Cherokee	Casino	West	Siloam	Springs	on	the	            I	worked	hard	and	proved	I	was	capable,”	says	Robert.	“I	took	
 pull	count	team,	which	entails	repetitively	emptying	electronic	     every	training	course	possible	to	learn	all	that	I	could	and	
 games,	counting	money	and	completing	highly	detailed	forms.	         show	that	I	wanted	to	learn.”
 Two	promotions	later,	as	a	customer	service	administrator,	
 Robert	now	works	with	guests,	troubleshoots	machines	and	     Robert’s	work	ethic	is	a	role	model	for	other	employees.	He	
 manages	the	casino	floor	when	the	shift	or	general	managers	  has	never	missed	a	day	of	work	or	has	even	been	late,	and	
 are	unavailable.                                              with	the	current	casino	and	hotel	expansion	happening	at	
                                                               West	Siloam	Springs,	he	looks	forward	to	even	more	doors	
 Knowing	that	hard	work	and	great	opportunities	frequently	    of	opportunity	opening.	“The	expansion	will	offer	a	lot	
 come	together	at	Cherokee	Casinos,	Robert	took	charge	of	     of	opportunity	to	move	up,	and	not	just	for	me,	but	other	
 his	career	with	CNE	early	on.	Robert	hired	on	at	his	initial	 employees	here	as	well,”	says	Robert.	“I	can	help	them	move	
 position	knowing	he	would	have	to	work	his	way	up	to	get	to	 up,	and	I	will	continue	to	work	towards	a	goal	–	a	new	goal	I	
 where	he	wanted	to	be.	He	quickly	absorbed	his	surroundings	 can	set	with	the	new	expansion.”
 and	discovered	what	he	wanted	to	do	–	manage	the	casino.	“I	


          believing	in	hard	work




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     “This job was a blessing, and I’m honored to be
      working here and for this company.”
                                                               – Patricia Harrison, Choctaw citizen, manager, Cherokee Travel Plaza, Roland



     Patricia	Harrison	is	a	Muldrow	native	and	grandmother	               convenience	stores.	Working	for	the	Cherokee	Travel	Plaza	has	
     to	three	Cherokee	grandchildren,	all	under	the	age	of	five.	         given	Patricia	greater	responsibility,	bigger	challenges	and	an	
     Because	of	the	opening	of	the	Cherokee	Travel	Plaza	in	              exciting	future.	In	her	first	week,	she	saw	the	unique	working	
     Roland	in	May	2007,	Patricia	was	able	to	acquire	a	job	              atmosphere	that	CNE	provides.	“When	first	on	board,	I	was	
     with	CNE	and	work	only	seven	miles	from	her	home.	“It’s	             scared.	Most	places	are	not	that	helpful,”	says	Patricia.	“My	first	
     important	for	me	to	work	close	to	home,	so	if	a	problem	             week	here,	everyone	was	willing	to	help.	I	went	to	Catoosa	for	
     arises,	I’m	not	very	far	from	the	store	or	home,”	says	Patricia.     training	and	everyone,	I	mean	everyone,	was	friendly,	and	that	
                                                                          was	really	encouraging.”
     By	reinvesting	in	new	businesses,	such	as	the	Cherokee	
     Travel	Plaza,	CNE	creates	jobs	for	local	residents	and	Native	       One	thing	Patricia	greatly	appreciates	from	working	with	
     Americans	so	that	they	can	work	in	their	own	communities.			         CNE	is	the	benefits.	“Where	I	worked	before,	they	offered	
                                                                          insurance,	but	you’d	spend	most	of	your	paycheck	on	
     Patricia	was	hired	two	years	ago	to	manage	the	travel	plaza,	        premiums,”	says	Patricia.	“The	benefits	that	CNE	provides	
     which	includes	a	full-service	gas	and	diesel	fuel	operation,	        were	a	major	reason	I	came	to	work	here.	The	401(k)	is	great	
     driver’s	lounge,	retail	sales,	restaurant,	convenience	store,	       and	the	pay	is	great.”		
     gift	shop	and	cultural	theater.	She	previously	had	14	years	
     of	managerial	experience	with	other	truck	stops	and	


 reinvesting	in	new	businesses




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“Now, there are endless opportunities because of all
 the doors CNE has opened.”
                                   – Lonnie White, Cherokee citizen, lead player’s club representative, Cherokee Casino Ft. Gibson



If	you	time	it	right,	you	can	find	new	CNE	employee	Lonnie	 player’s	club	representative	oversees	guest	service	and	casino	
White	at	Cherokee	Casino	Ft.	Gibson	humming	a	tune	or	         promotions.	“After	that,	I	knew	it	was	the	place	for	me.”
singing	out	loud.	And	if	she	stops,	her	regular	casino	guests	
will	let	her	know	about	it.	                                   Lonnie	is	one	of	the	many	Cherokee	citizens	who	
                                                               have	benefited	from	the	recent	expansion	of	Cherokee	
“I	have	some	of	my	regular	guests	who	come	in	and	ask	me,	 Casinos.	Expansion	means	the	creation	of	new	jobs	within	
‘Why	are	you	not	singing	yet	today?’	I	tell	them	I	haven’t	    communities,	something	she	believes	is	a	big	win	for	
heard	a	song	I	liked	yet,”	explains	Lonnie,	smiling.           Cherokee	citizens.

	Apparently,	fun	is	addictive	at	Cherokee	Casino	in	Ft.	            	“This	is	such	a	great	thing,”	Lonnie	explains.	“There	are	so	
Gibson.	Due	to	the	expansion	of	the	casino,	which	doubled	          many	people	who	are	qualified,	but	no	one	is	hiring	inside	
its	size	and	created	a	Cherokee	Rewards	Player’s	Club,	this	        our	communities.	Jobs	like	mine	here	at	Cherokee	Casino	
7-year-old	single	mother	of	three	was	able	to	accept	her	          keep	us	here.	That’s	important.”
new	job	in	July	2007.	

“Before	they	hired	me	they	told	me,	‘We	want	you	to	have	fun	
at	work.’	I	believed	them,	too,”	says	Lonnie,	who	as	the	lead	



                                  creating	jobs




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                                     Improving Lives

     Thirty percent of gaming profits go to those who
     need it most through vital services and programs.

     The	money	that	is	not	reinvested	for	job	creation	is	paid	                   These	gaming	dollars	contribute	directly	to	essential	
     directly	back	to	the	Cherokee	Nation’s	general	fund.	Although	               government	programs,	like	health,	housing,	education	and	
     the	Cherokee	Nation’s	general	fund	includes	other	sources	                   human	services	for	Cherokee	citizens.
     of	funding,	gaming	dollars	accounted	for	56	percent	of	the	
     Cherokee	Nation’s	$56.7	million	general	fund	in	2007.                        By	creating	jobs	for	Cherokee	citizens	and	contributing	to	
                                                                                  Cherokee	Nation	social	services,	100	percent	of	gaming	
                                                                                  profits	benefit	Cherokee	citizens.	




               helping	citizens	in	need
     This England Hollow, Adair County, home is possible for one Cherokee family through Cherokee Nation’s general fund dollars that purchased the heavy
     equipment necessary to build the home’s foundation.The home is one of more than a dozen self-help home building projects across the Cherokee Nation’s
     14 counties made possible by general and federal fund dollars. In 2007, Cherokee Nation spent $100.8 million on housing and community services.




16
In 2007, Cherokee Casinos generated nearly $33.7
million for Cherokee citizens in need.


                                 Gaming Money for Services
                                      $33.7 Million
                                       *Dollar amounts are approximate



                                                      3% 3%
                                             3%
                                    3%
                            4%
                                                                             26%
                       5%

                     5%

                          5%
                                                                                      15%
                                  5%
                                              7%                       9%
                                                             7%




                   .
 n		Health	Services	.................................... $8,954,071	                      .
                                                                        n		Chief ’s	Office	........................... $1,645,61
 n		Education	Services	............................... $5,016,12	                        .
                                                                        n		Human	Resources	.................... $1,584,00
 n		Housing	and	Community	Services	....... $2,866,165	                  n		Other	 ........................................ $1,41,49
                                                                            (Career Services, Commerce, Financial Resources & Government Resources)
 n		Supreme	Court	&	Legal	Resources	...... $2,4,824                                         .
                                                                        n		Commissions,	Boards	................ $1,101,426
 n		Natural	Resources	................................ $2,268,505		     n		Tribal	Council	........................... $1,09,162
                     .
 n		Gaming	Commission	........................... $1,71,29	                                      .
                                                                        n		Communication	&	Strategy	...... $1,042,479
 n		Human	Services	................................... $1,649,821	      n		Management	Resources	............ $1,040,107	

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                                     Improving Lives

     Because of gaming dollars, Cherokee citizens received
     nearly $9 million of additional life-sustaining health
     services in 2007.

     This	money	accounted	for	more	than	half	of	the	Cherokee	                     pediatrics,	physical	rehabilitation	and	other	essential	services.	
     Nation’s	total	health	services	general	fund	of	$15.9	million	                These	services	reach	Cherokee	citizens	who	need	it	the	most,	
     in	2007.	These	dollars	are	put	to	work	every	day,	saving	and	                including	specialized	outreach	programs	at	schools,	back-to-
     improving	the	lives	of	Cherokee	citizens	through	health	                     work	programs	for	the	injured,	and	the	elderly.
     clinics,	diabetes	and	cancer	screenings,	dental	services,	




            providing	health	services
     Nurse Karlene Brown, LPN, treats cancer patient Connie Smith at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell.The Cherokee Nation spent
     $154.9 million in combined general and federal funds on health care in 2007, including new high-tech clinics in Nowata and Muskogee and major
     upgrades to the Redbird Smith clinic in Sallisaw.




18
“It’s difficult to put into words. Really, I just thank
 God that the Cherokee Nation has been there to
 assist us during the greatest needs of my life.”
                                                                               – Tod McBrien, Cherokee citizen, cancer survivor


In	July	1998,	Tod	McBrien	was	a	typical	2-year-old,	married	      After	aggressive	treatment	using	a	high-tech	procedure	called	
and	hoping	to	start	a	family	soon.	In	August	that	same	year,	      gamma	knife	radiation,	specialists	were	finally	able	to	remove	
Tod	received	some	terrifying	news.	He	was	diagnosed	with	          Tod’s	tumor.	They	were	not	able	to	save	Tod’s	eye,	but	he	says	
cancer	of	the	tear	duct	in	his	eye.                                that	is	a	relatively	small	price	to	pay	to	be	cancer	free.

	“The	doctors	said	if	they	did	the	surgery	with	the	technology	    “We	completely	got	the	cancer	the	second	time.	The	cancer	is	
that	was	available	here	in	Oklahoma,	I	would	be	disfigured	        gone,	completely	gone,”	Tod	explains.	“My	medical	needs	are	
for	the	rest	of	my	life.	That	was	really	tough	to	hear,”	Tod	      not	typical,	and	still,	the	help	I’ve	received	from	the	Cherokee	
says.	“But	there	was	no	other	way	if	I	was	going	to	stay	in	       Nation	has	been	remarkable.	They’ve	helped	me	go	halfway	
Oklahoma	for	treatment.”	                                          across	the	country	just	to	get	the	treatments	I’ve	needed.”

To	hear	this	once	is	grim;	to	hear	it	twice	is	devastating.	Tod	   Through	profits	generated	by	Cherokee	Casinos,	unique	
faced	two	bouts	of	life-threatening	cancer	in	six	years,	first	    programs	like	the	one	Tod	used	are	possible.	These	types	of	
traveling	to	Detroit	for	treatment,	then	later	more	than	1,00	    programs	have	given	Tod’s	family	and	countless	other	families	
miles	away	to	Columbia	University	in	New	York	City.                a	priceless	gift—a	second	chance	at	life.	



                                                                   improving	lives
“Everyone	admitted	they	didn’t	know	a	whole	lot	about	it,”	
Tod	says.	“The	American	Cancer	Society	said	they’d	only	
known	of	two	or	three	people	who’d	ever	had	this	cancer.”




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                                     Improving Lives

     CNE and its growing gaming dollars are providing
     a better future for Cherokee citizens by investing in
     education services today.
     In	fact,	of	the	$8.9	million	of	the	Cherokee	Nation’s	2007	                   scholarships,	the	Head	Start	program,	the	Cherokee	Language	
     general	fund	that	was	spent	on	education,	$5	million	was	a	                   Immersion	School	and	the	Johnson	O’Malley	program.	These	
     result	of	casino	money.	That’s	making	a	real	difference	for	                  programs	allow	Cherokee	families	and	youth	to	access	the	best	
     the	future	of	Cherokee	youth.	The	Cherokee	Nation	funds	                      education	possible	right	in	their	own	communities.
     a	variety	of	education	programs	including	higher	education	




                    investing	in	education

     Cherokee students study at Sequoyah Schools,Tahlequah, a nationally acclaimed boarding school partially funded by the Cherokee Nation’s general fund.The
     Cherokee Nation spent $46.2 million, including general and federal funds, on education in 2007.




20
“I believe my daughter and all of the children in the
 Cherokee Language Immersion School will be leaders
 in our community. The ingredients of the school will
 prepare our children to be stronger and wiser.”
                     – Jessica Harkreader, Cherokee citizen, mother of Alayna (Que-bi) Harkreader, 2nd grader at Cherokee Immersion School


Jessica	Harkreader	says	she	believes	strongly	in	the	Cherokee	         grandmother,	both	fluent	speakers	of	the	language.	“Recently,	
Language	Immersion	School	and	her	decision	to	enroll	her	              it	brought	tears	to	my	granny’s	eyes	when	Alayna	read	the	
daughter	in	the	program.	“I	put	her	in	the	school	to	save	the	         Cherokee	Bible	to	her,”	says	Jessica.
language,	bottom	line,”	says	Jessica.	“Whether	we	like	it	or	not,	
our	language	is	fading.	Immersion	is	essential	for	our	children,	      Jessica	says	the	school	has	helped	Alayna	in	many	ways.	“It	
and	I	believe	it	is	the	only	way	to	save	our	language.	As	a	           gives	her	more	confidence	speaking	her	native	tongue,”	says	
parent,	I	wanted	to	take	the	necessary	steps	to	reinstitute	our	       Jessica.	“She	is	proud	of	her	culture.	She	respects	her	elders	
language	for	generations	to	come.”                                     and	knows	the	value	of	family	and	our	community.”	Not	only	
                                                                       is	the	school	helping	the	children,	but	the	parents	are	learning	
Alayna	is	part	of	the	leading	class	at	the	school.	With	each	          as	well,	including	Jessica.	Parents	have	the	option	to	take	part	
new	school	year,	a	new	grade	is	created	to	house	the	now	              in	a	parent’s	language	class	at	the	school.
seven-	and	eight-year-old	students	who	began	the	immersion	
program	at	three	and	four	years	old.	Jessica	says	she	believes	        For	Jessica	and	Alayna,	the	school	has	been	a	blessing.	Jessica	
Alayna	is	close	to	speaking	the	Cherokee	language	fluently.	           plans	to	continue	the	tradition	by	sending	Alayna’s	younger	
Alayna	is	able	to	converse	with	her	great-grandmother	and	             brother,	Gunner,	as	soon	as	he	turns	three	years	old.




                                                                        	
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                                     Improving Lives

     Cherokee Casinos are preserving and improving our
     Cherokee homeland for generations to come through
     gaming profits.

     The	Cherokee	Nation’s	natural	resources	efforts	include	                     $6.	million	of	Cherokee	Nation	general	fund	and	federal	
     environmental	and	conservation	programs,	land	purchases	and	                 money	was	dedicated	to	natural	resources.	Of	those	funds,	$4	
     management,	timber	leases,	fish	and	wildlife	management	and	                 million	was	from	the	Cherokee	Nation’s	general	fund,	of	which	
     upkeep	of	trust	land	and	tribally	owned	facilities.	In	2007,	                $2.	million	was	a	direct	result	of	CNE	and	Cherokee	Casinos.




           preserving	our	homeland

     Cherokee Nation Natural Resources Department’s Dahlonegah crew clears a half-mile access road blocked by broken limbs for a Cherokee family in Rocky
     Ford during an ice storm in January 2007.




22
“We had no place for the kids to run or people to walk.
 We would get out on the highway and mark spots, but
 we were literally dodging cars. It wasn’t safe.”
                                                                             – Terry Mayes, Superintendent, Rocky Mountain Schools

 For	some	communities,	having	a	safe	place	for	children	and	       machinery	crews	worked	to	clear	the	land,	allowing	local	
 families	to	walk	is	not	a	second	thought.	For	the	community	      residents	to	log	the	area	and	take	home	much-needed	timber	
 of	Rocky	Mountain,	located	just	southwest	of	Stilwell,	it	was	    for	heating	their	homes.	The	heavy	equipment,	purchased	by	
 a	process	that	took	two	years	and	the	aid	of	the	Cherokee	        the	Cherokee	Nation	with	gaming	funds,	also	completed	the	
 Nation’s	general	fund,	boosted	by	gaming	dollars.                 earthwork	needed	to	prepare	the	area	for	asphalt.

 Rocky	Mountain	Schools,	a	school	of	nearly	200	children	          “So	many	people	came	together	to	do	this	project.	Those	guys	
 ages	pre-Kindergarten	through	8th	grade	and	90	percent	           with	the	equipment	worked	so	hard.	We	didn’t	have	any	other	
 Native	American,	contacted	the	Cherokee	Nation	about	             options.	We	didn’t	have	space	for	a	walking	trail.	All	we	had	
 building	a	simple	walking	trail.	But,	after	the	school	was	       was	the	highway	and	it	wasn’t	safe,”	says	Terry.		“The	whole	
 able	to	purchase	some	land	just	right	across	the	street,	the	     community	uses	the	track.	We	don’t	have	a	lot	of	facilities	
 Cherokee	Nation’s	natural	resources	department	jump-started	      here.	So,	the	track	is	open	to	the	whole	community.”
 what	became	an	8-lane	regulation	size	track	and	football	field.
                                                                   The	school	has	also	partnered	with	the	Cherokee	Nation	in	
 “We	want	the	kids	to	be	healthy,”	says	Terry	Mayes,	              a	number	of	ways	to	make	the	most	of	their	new	track	and	
 superintendent	of	Rocky	Mountain	Schools.	“Some	of	these	         field.	Working	with	the	Cherokee	Nation	Learn	and	Serve	
 kids	don’t	get	much,	if	any,	physical	activity	after	school	      program,	they	have	implemented	a	walking	curriculum.	
 hours,	so	school	is	the	only	place.”                              It	includes	learning	activities	along	with	walking,	such	as	
                                                                   walking	enough	miles	to	represent	the	Trail	of	Tears.
 The	Cherokee	Nation’s	Natural	Resources	Department	crew	
 started	with	an	environmental	study	of	the	land	to	ensure	the	    “We	have	a	good	thing	with	the	Cherokee	Nation,”	sums	up	
 land	was	safe	and	that	the	makeover	would	not	endanger	any	       Terry.	“It	benefits	the	whole	community.”
 of	the	natural	wildlife	or	ecosystem.	Once	complete,	heavy	




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                                      Improving Lives

     Raising a roof, while raising the standard of living
     for Cherokee communities: Cherokee Nation’s
     housing and community services programs were
     bolstered by $2.9 million of gaming money in 2007.

     This	is	because	the	Cherokee	Nation	knows	adequate	and	                       housing	and	community	services	in	2007.	These	programs	
     safe	housing	is	fundamental	to	the	success	of	any	Cherokee	                   allow	Cherokee	families	to	live	safe	and	healthy	right	in	their	
     family.	So,	along	with	community	infrastructure	projects	                     own	communities,	building	strong	and	thriving	Cherokee	
     like	community	water	line	programs,	the	Cherokee	Nation	                      communities	for	generations	to	come.
     spent	$5.1	million,	or	4.8	percent,	of	its	general	funds	on	




                             improving	housing
     Cherokee citizens from Dry Creek in Sequoyah County install a waterline to provide clean, safe water for their families and the entire community.The
     project is made possible by the Cherokee Nation’s self-help waterline program in which the Cherokee Nation provides materials at no cost and citizens
     provide the labor.




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“I’ve helped build houses in Jay, Kenwood, Chelsea,
 around here in Stilwell. I’ve driven two hours before
 to help people with their homes. And I know they’ll
 help me.”
                                                      – Mike Poor, Cherokee citizen, Cherokee Nation self-help housing program participant


 For	Mike	Poor	and	his	wife,		Viola,	of	rural	Stilwell,	a	new	      Luckily,	Mike	and	Viola	won’t	have	that	problem	for	much	
 home	is	a	dream	they’ve	always	hoped	to	make	a	reality	            longer.	The	Cherokee	Nation’s	self-help	housing	program	allows	
 someday.	Now	that	day	has	come	because	of	the	Cherokee	            families	to	build	homes	using	materials	supplied	by	Cherokee	
 Nation’s	self-help	housing	program.	For	the	Poors,	the	dream	      Nation.	The	program	calls	for	members	of	the	community	to	
 was	simple:	a	safe	place	to	raise	their	7-year-old	son,	Koye,	     come	together	and	help	each	other	build	homes.
 who	suffers	from	Down	syndrome.
                                                                    After	pitching	in	on	other	homes	for	the	last	two	years,	help	
 “Right	now,	we	live	between	a	wooded	area	and	a	busy	road.	        has	started	coming	their	way.	The	site	and	foundation	was	just	
 We	don’t	have	a	fence,	and	Koye	has	gotten	away	from	the	          completed	for	their	new	home,	built	by	heavy	equipment	
 house	before,”		Viola	says.                                        available	because	of	Cherokee	Casino	gaming	dollars.

 During	one	of	those	episodes,	as	Mike	rushed	after	Koye	to	        The	home	will	also	feature	a	chain	link	fence	to	help	keep	
 keep	him	out	of	traffic,	he	suffered	a	heart	attack.	“My	worst	    Koye	safe.	“That’s	been	our	main	concern	for	so	long,”	
 nightmare	is	letting	him	get	away,”	says	Mike.	“He	was	heading	    explains	Viola.		“We’re	real	anxious	to	get	started	on	it.	I	never	
 into	the	road	and	I	took	off	after	him.	That’s	when	I	had	one	     thought	this	would	have	been	possible	a	few	years	ago.	It’s	a	
 of	my	heart	attacks.	If	we	lived	farther	off	the	road	and	had	a	   dream	come	true.”	
 chain	link	fence,	we	wouldn’t	have	that	problem.”




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                                    Improving Lives

     Cherokee Nation housing and community services
     doesn’t just build houses, it builds families.
     Although	safe,	clean	and	affordable	housing	is	the	foundation	            and	community	services	programs.	The	programs	included	
     for	any	Cherokee	family,	it	takes	more	than	bricks	and	mortar	            new	and	innovative	ways	to	keep	Cherokee	families	and	
     to	keep	families	and	communities	thriving	for	generations	                communities	connecting,	like	the	preschool	Play	and	Learn,	
     to	come.	That’s	why	in	2007	the	Cherokee	Nation	spent	                    home	relative	provider	and	language	incentive	programs.
     $100.8	million	of	general	and	federal	funds	on	housing	




                        teaching	our	culture
     Cherokee citizen Jovan McCully, with his aunt, Cindy McCully, attends one of the Play and Learn groups across the Cherokee Nation’s 14 counties.
     The preschool groups teach academic and social skills needed for school in addition to teaching the Cherokee language.




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“I can just tell it’s dying out, which is why I’m trying
 to teach my kids and grandkids and their kids.”
                                              - Ella Mae Daugherty, Cherokee citizen, Cherokee language incentive program participant

When	68-year-old	Ella	Mae	Daugherty	was	a	very	young	                thriving.	One	of	those	programs,	Cherokee	Connections,	
girl	growing	up	in	the	Adair	County	community	of	Bell,	              is	funded	through	gaming	profits	derived	from	Cherokee	
she	began	learning	her	first	foreign	language	-	English.	            Casinos.	Ella	Mae	Daugherty	is	using	the	program	to	teach	
Daugherty’s	first	language	was	Cherokee,	the	language	passed	        her	great-granddaughter,	4-year-old	Jeri.	The	Cherokee	
down	from	her	ancestors.		“Oh,	everybody	spoke	it	back	              Nation	provides	a	small	stipend	each	month	as	well	as	CDs,	
then,”	Ella	Mae	says.	                                               cassettes,	books,	handouts,	stories	and	interactive	games	for	the	
                                                                     speakers	to	use	with	their	students.	
But	years	of	government	policy,	some	occurring	as	late		
as	the	1950s,	removed	Cherokee	children	from	native	                 “She	does	real	good,”	explains	Ella	Mae.	“I	get	her	every	day	
speaking	households	and	began	to	change	native	                      from	the	time	she	gets	out	of	preschool	until	her	mom	picks	
communities.	It	is	estimated	these	culturally	destructive	           her	up	after	work.	She’s	been	learning	real	quick,	a	couple	of	
policies	reduced	native	Cherokee	speakers	from	75	percent		          new	words	every	day.”	Ella	Mae	laughs	as	she	recalls	just	how	
of	the	population	to	just	5	percent.	                                well	Jeri	is	picking	up	the	language.	“The	other	day	I	taught	
                                                                     her	some	new	words	to	say	what	she	was	doing	and	had	her	
“It’s	just	dying	out,”	Ella	Mae	says.	“There’s	just	not	anybody	     repeat	them.	Later,	I	asked	her	in	Cherokee	what	she	was	
hardly	who	talks	Cherokee	anymore.”                                  doing	and	she	said,	‘I	already	told	you	what	I	was	doing!’”
Rather	than	sit	idly	by	and	watch	the	Cherokee	language	             Ella	Mae	hopes	that	her	efforts	leave	a	lasting	mark	on	her	
die	out,	the	Cherokee	Nation	has	implemented	language	               family	and	help	preserve	the	culture	for	all	Cherokees.
programs	to	help	keep	the	Cherokee	language	alive	and	




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                                     Supporting Communities

     Rest assured, where Cherokee Casinos reside, Cherokee
     Nation Enterprises is strengthening community safety
     by supporting local police and fire departments.
     In	addition	to	the	variety	of	community	support	that	the	                    located.	Therefore,	along	with	many	community	groups,	
     Cherokee	Nation	provides,	CNE	makes	it	a	priority	to	                        charitable	organizations	and	school	systems,	Cherokee	Nation	
     support	the	communities	in	which	Cherokee	Casinos	are	                       Enterprises	contributed	funds	to	these	municipalities	in	2007:


     Catoosa                                                                     Tulsa
                               .
     	 •	 City	of	Catoosa	...... $40,000                                         	 •	 Fire	......................... $7,000	annually
                .
     	 •	 Police	..................... $86,568	annually
     	 •	 Schools	................... $0,000	annually                           Sallisaw
                                                                                            .
                                                                                 	 •	 Police	..................... $6,000	annually
     Fort Gibson
                .
     	 •	 Police	..................... $0,000	annually                          West Siloam Springs
                                                                                            .
                                                                                 	 •	 Police	..................... $60,000	annually
     Roland
                  .
     	 •	 Police	..................... $48,000	annually
     	 •	 Fire	......................... $12,000	annually


     Captain Robert Rowley of the Delaware County Sheriff’s department displays one of the county’s patrol cars. CNE and the Cherokee Nation’s general fund
     regularly support the department through contributions of funds, vehicles, computers and training.




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Did you know that Cherokee Casinos also contribute
millions of dollars to the state’s public education
system each year?
As	gaming	expands	throughout	the	United	States,	many	tribes	                      Oklahoma.	This	compact	allows	Cherokee	Casinos	to	operate	
are	entering	into	agreements	with	local	state	governments	to	                     an	expanded	variety	of	electronic	gaming	machines	and	card	
offer	a	wider	variety	of	gaming	options.                                          games,	such	as	poker	and	blackjack,	in	exchange	for	a	portion	
                                                                                  of	gaming	revenues	paid	to	the	state	of	Oklahoma	for	public	
As	part	of	the	Cherokee	Nation	and	State	of	Oklahoma	                             education.	The	compact	also	calls	for	an	additional	portion	of	
Gaming	Compact	of	2004,	Cherokee	Nation	Enterprises	                              revenue	to	be	dedicated	to	Oklahoma’s	horse	racing	industry.
contributes	millions	of	dollars	each	year	to	public	education	in	
                                 CNE’s	contributions	to	public	education	and	horse	racing	industry
           $25,000,000



            20,000,000



            15,000,000



            10,000,000



             5,000,000




                                         2005                              2006                                       2007
Since 2004, Cherokee Casinos have contributed more than $38 million to the state of Oklahoma for public education and the horse industry as a result of
the gaming agreement. In 2007 alone, CNE paid the state $20.4 million. Photo courtesy of Tulsa Public Schools.




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                                 Supporting Communities

     Cherokee Nation Enterprises creates jobs for Cherokee
     citizens across northeastern Oklahoma.
     Cherokee Casino Resort	is	Oklahoma’s	premier	entertainment	and	gaming	destination.	Located	just	minutes	east	of	
     Tulsa,	this	facility	attracts	guests	from	across	the	country	to	enjoy	exciting	gaming,	live	entertainment	and	dancing,	delicious	
     dining	and	seemingly	endless	amenities.	
      •	 1,522	electronic	games	            •	 72	poker	and	table	games
      •	 Gift	shop	                         •	 Cherokee	Smoke	Shop
      •	 150-room	Cherokee	Casino	Resort	Hotel
      •	 7,500	square	feet	of	meeting	and	banquet	space
      •	 11-room	Cherokee	Casino	Inn
      •	 18-hole	Cherokee	Hills	Golf	Club	with	Champions	Grill	
      •	 Dining:	McGill’s,	Wild	Potato	Buffet,	Sidewalk	Cafe	and		
         Ante	Pasta	Italian	Express
      •	 Entertainment:		Twisters,	C:Note	Piano	Lounge,	Cabin	Creek		
         (all	three	including	live	music)	and	Margarita	Bay
      •	 Employs	more	than	1,700	people


     Cherokee Casino Roland	is	a	regional	hot	spot	conveniently	located	on	I-40,	just	west	of	Fort	Smith,	Ark.	This	facility	
     offers	the	best	games,	tasty	meals	and	a	comfortable	night’s	stay	at	Cherokee	Casino	Inn	located	next	door.	Step	into	our	theater	
     and	see	an	award-winning	film	on	the	early	lives	of	the	Cherokee’s	Seven	Clans.	Then	view	or	purchase	authentic	Native	
     American	art	in	the	gift	shop.

                                                                   •		614	electronic	games	                •		20	poker	and	table	games
                                                                   •		44-room	Cherokee	Casino	Inn	         •		Cherokee	Smoke	Shop
                                                                   •		Buck’s	Grill	                        •		Cherokee	Travel	Plaza
                                                                   •		Employs	more	than	50	people




     Nestled	on	the	Oklahoma-Arkansas	border	at	Highway	412,	Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs	is	the	area’s	
     place	to	go	for	an	exciting	time.	Northwest	Arkansas	is	one	of	the	country’s	fastest	growing	areas,	and	this	gaming	facility	is	
     well	equipped	to	meet	every	guest’s	entertainment	needs.	To	keep	up	with	this	boom,	Cherokee	Casino	West	Siloam	Springs	is	
     undergoing	a	massive	expansion,	including	the	addition	of	an	8-story	hotel,	which	is	expected	to	be	completed	by	late	2008.

      •	 1,014	electronic	games
      •	 22	poker	and	table	games
      •	 Sidewalk	Cafe
      •	 Twisters,	including	live	entertainment
      •	 Cherokee	Smoke	Shop
      •	 Employs	more	than	450	people




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Conveniently	located	along	Highway	62	between	Tahlequah	and	
Muskogee,	Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson	offers	guests	
top-notch	games	in	a	cozy	setting.	Adjoining	the	casino	is	the	
Cherokee	Outpost	II,	a	fully	stocked	convenience	store	and	gas	
station	that	accommodates	a	traveler’s	every	need.

 •	 298	electronic	games	 •	 Convenience	store	
 •	 Gas	station	          •	 Cherokee	Smoke	Shop
 •	 Employs	more	than	80	people


                                                              Gorgeous	Cherokee Casino Tahlequah	is	located	just	south	
                                                              of	the	Cherokee	Nation	Tribal	Complex	on	Highway	62.	At	this	
                                                              popular	spot,	guests	can’t	get	enough	of	the	great	food,	outstanding	
                                                              service	and	best	live	gaming.	
                                                              •	 406	electronic	games	       •		9	poker	and	table	games
                                                              •	 River	City	Cafe	 	          •		Employs	more	than	270	people




Cherokee Casino Sallisaw	is	the	latest	addition	to	the	
Cherokee	Casino	family.	Opening	in	2006,	Cherokee	Casino	
Sallisaw	ushered	in	a	new	mix	of	gaming	excitement	and	tasty	
meals,	and	is,	without	a	doubt,	Sequoyah	County’s	best	spot	to	take	
in	live	entertainment.	
 •	 251	electronic	games	 	          •		6	poker	and	table	games
 •	 Back	40	Bar	and	Grill,	including	a	live	music	stage	and	dance	floor
 •	 Employs	more	than	150	people	



Situated	on	the	outskirts	of	Claremore,	Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs	is	a	Green	Country	hot	spot	for	
family	fun	with	live	racing	action	during	the	day	and	live	music,	gaming	and	billiards	by	night.	Cherokee	Casino	Will	Rogers	
Downs’	spring	race	meet	offers	live	racing	three	months	out	of	the	year	and	simulcast	racing	every	day	of	the	year.	Guests	also	
enjoy	three	options	for	great	food	and	even	an	extended	stay	at	the	state’s	largest	RV	park,	located	next	to	the	casino.
•		250	electronic	games	        •		Live	horse	racing	    •		Simulcast	viewing	 	           •		Pari-mutuel	wagering
                                                         •		Stall	rental	 	       •		Turf	Club
                                                         •		60,000	square	foot	covered/open-aired	grandstand	-	2,700	seats
                                                         •		Dog	Iron	Saloon,	which	features	a	bar	and	grill,	steakhouse,	stage	
                                                         			and	dance	floor
                                                         •		Cafe	Mercedes,	showcasing	a	full	breakfast	menu
                                                         •		RV	park	with	more	than	400	full	hook-up	sites
                                                         •		Employs	more	than	160	people



Cherokee Nation Enterprises	also	operates:
	     •	 Cherokee	Outpost	I	convenience	store	and	gas	station,	Tahlequah	          •	 Cherokee	Nation	Gift	Shop,	Tahlequah
	     •	 Cherokee	Heritage	Center	Gift	Shop,	Tahlequah	                            •	 Cherokee	Trails	Golf	Course,	Tahlequah
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     Where the Casino Money Goes


     Simply Put….

     	   	 $119.4 million	 –	 Payroll	to	employees,	most	of	whom	are	Cherokee
     	   + $167.2 million	 –	 Operating	expenses,	with	preference	for	spending	the
     	   	       	                                            	 money	with	businesses	owned	by	and	employing	Cherokees

     	   + $ 20.4 million	 –		Gaming	compact	fees	with	the	state,	with	the	money
     	   	       	                                            	 earmarked	for	public	education	and	jobs	in	the	horse	racing	industry

         + $ 77.9 million	 –		Creating	hundreds	of	new	jobs	for	Cherokees	in	local	communities
     	   + $ 33.7 million	 –		Services	for	Cherokee	elders,	youth	and	communities
     	   	 __________________________________________
           $418.6 million	 going	to	make	better	lives	for	Cherokee	citizens.

         n		Profit	 .................................. $111.6	million
                  .

         n		Payroll	................................. $119.4	million
                                                                                                            5%
         n		Operating	Expenses	............. $167.2	million

         n		Contributions	to	Education	
         					&	Horse	Racing	Industry	.... $20.4	million
                                                                                      39%                              27%


                                                                                                          29%


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