Annual report shows steady growth despite recession

BY CHRISTINA GOOD VOICE
Special Correspondent
09/16/2011 07:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The 22-page report includes a 2011 budget analysis in the form of ‘Where the Money Comes From’ and ‘Where the Money Goes’ pie charts, and a page of ‘Performance Measures.’ COURTESY IMAGE
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The 22-page report includes a 2011 budget analysis in the form of ‘Where the Money Comes From’ and ‘Where the Money Goes’ pie charts, and a page of ‘Performance Measures.’ COURTESY IMAGE
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation brought in more than $420 million in fiscal year 2010 and had more than $404 million in expenses, according to the 2011 Report to the Cherokee People.

The 22-page report includes a 2011 budget analysis in the form of ‘Where the Money Comes From’ and ‘Where the Money Goes’ pie charts, and a page of ‘Performance Measures’ with six line graphs that break down jobs growth, health care funding, health centers, water and sanitation funding, education funding and total scholarships awarded.

The revenues for the year included: Operating Grants/Contributions: $289,034; Charges for Services and Miscellaneous: $69,065; Dividends from Component Units: $26,429; Grants and contributions not restricted to specific programs $11,143; Unrestricted investment earnings: $2,056; and Capital grants/contributions $989.

The 2010 budget expenses were: Health Services: $206,013; Community Services: $75,600; Education Services $54,085; Human Services: $37,932; Tribal government: $29,841; and Interest on long-term debt $1,309.

The Performance Measures in the report included figures for job growth at the tribe in the past year, and figures show that the Nation’s total employment is 8,304. In 2005, the total number of employees was 5,037.

Personnel growth figures include CN businesses and government services.

“The tribe applies a Cherokee hiring preference, meaning more Cherokees can have good jobs close to their home communities and families,” according to the report.

More than $223.1 million was spent in Health Care Funding and several health care construction projects expanded the CN health system. The expansions include additions to W.W. Hastings Hospital and the Amo Salina Health Center. A new 91,000-square-foot health center is also being constructed in Vinita, according to the report.

More CN citizens are visiting the CN’s nine health centers and one hospital more frequently, according to the report. Patient visits from 2005-2008 averaged more than 315,000, spiked to 634,282 in 2009 and then climbed to 742,709 in 2010. In 2005, the centers averaged nearly 300,000 visits, but in 2010 that number more than doubled to 742,709 visits.

The tribe spent more than $5.5 million in 2010 for water and sanitation. New waterline projects were implemented in several communities, including 24 miles of a planned 66-mile project in Delaware County. Funding for water and sanitation in 2005 was $2.3 million, increased to $2.6 in 2006 and 2007, but dropped to $1.4 million in 2008.

Education Funding in 2011 reached an all-time high at $54.5 million, which has steadily increased from the $37.4 million that was funded in 2006.

The CN increases funding for education services each year, which include scholarships and other support for students. New initiatives in 2010-2011 include opening a college resource center and adding a fifth grade class to the Cherokee Nation Immersion program, according to the report.

The total number of scholarships awarded in 2010 was 4,961, according to the report.

christina-goodvoice@cherokee.org • 918-207-3825

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