Cherokee Nation economic impact on Oklahoma: Nearly $2.2 billion Rhett Morgan, Tulsa World · November 21, 2019 at 6:04 am Cooperation among Oklahoma’s tribes and the state helped the Cherokee Nation realize a $2.169 billion economic impact in the state for fiscal year 2018. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Tuesday that maintaining the alliance is important. “I’ve seen what happens when the state and the tribes work together,” Hoskin said. “For the past 15 years, they have had a stable and positive partnership, most notably through the gaming compact that is fair to all and is a win-win for the state of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation. Why in the world would we ever want to wreck that historic partnership?” Hoskin’s remarks came as the tribe celebrated its most recent economic study during a luncheon at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.