Study: Tribes have $10.8 billion impact on Okla.

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new report says that Oklahoma's 38 American Indian tribes have an annual economic impact of nearly $11 billion in the state.

The study from Oklahoma City University's Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute found that more than 70 percent of the $10.8 billion impact comes from the tribes' gambling operations.

The analysis found that tribal government and business operations directly employ more than 50,000 people and support more than 87,000 full-time jobs in Oklahoma.

Census data shows that Indians represent nearly 13 percent of Oklahoma's population.

The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/tzmACr) that the study was funded by The Cherokee Nation, The Chickasaw Nation, The Choctaw Nation and the Commerce Department.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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