Cherokee Nation approves $2,000 payments to its citizens

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Nearly 400,000 Cherokee Nation citizens will receive $2,000 lump-sum payments as part of the Oklahoma-based tribe’s share of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed legislation Thursday authorizing the direct payments to each of the tribe’s 392,832 citizens. The tribe’s governing council voted 16-1 to authorize the payments. The direct payments represent more than 43% of the $1.8 billion provided to the Cherokee Nation through Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act.