Cherokee Nation Businesses to announce wage hike

Some of the hourly workers for the Cherokee Nation’s business sector will be getting pay increases. The tribe made the announcement this week and plans to offer details in a Wednesday morning news conference

The news conference will be at 9:30 a.m. at the CNB Engineering and Manufacturing site in Stilwell.

Cherokee Nation Businesses “prides itself on being an employer of choice that offers attractive benefit packages and a plethora of career options, as well as competitive wages,” it said in a news release.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and CNB Chief Executive Officer Chuck Garrett will offer an explanation of which workers will get the wage increase.

Cherokee Nation Businesses has more than 7,560 workers in 47 states, 25 countries and two U.S. territories. Divisions include those in engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, casinos, hotels, golf courses and restaurants.

As the holding company for the tribe’s for-profit businesses, CNB pays a direct dividend of 37% of its profits to the tribe for housing, health care, education and social services.

The remaining 63% is reinvested into growing jobs, wages, business development and special projects, such as new health care facilities construction.

The company contributes significantly to Cherokee Nation’s $2.16 billion economic impact on northeast Oklahoma.