Cherokee Nation Businesses continues to grow, diversify and drive the economy of northeast Oklahoma. Reaching new heights in profitability within our business endeavors means our tribal government can do more and provide more for Cherokee people.
We continue to generate record revenue, and that benefits our tribal citizens. Cherokee Nation Entertainment, CNB’s entertainment and hospitality business, includes our casinos and hotel properties. In 2017, it generated more than $665 million in revenue. We opened a new casino in Grove and will soon have a new casino and convention center in Tahlequah.
Our employees are an integral part of our success, and our loyal guests appreciate our commitment to excellence. The standard is second to none, as our corporate values of service and responsibility mean we are committed to reinvesting in Cherokee families to build stronger communities.
Success means we fund critical services that Cherokee Nation citizens — including our youngest, our neediest and our elders — need and deserve. One way we are improving access to quality health care is with our new state-of-the-art medical center on the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital campus. The effort is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve health care for generations of Cherokees.
We invest daily in education, all the way from early childhood to higher education and career tech training. Now, more Cherokees than ever control their own destiny. We’ve built safe, affordable homes for hundreds of Cherokee families, and a home is the foundation of a successful family.
A strong Cherokee Nation is a strong Oklahoma. We have set a new standard of success within our businesses and in our ability to make positive impacts in northeast Oklahoma. The investments we make today ensure our tribe’s strength for years to come.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker