TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Nearly 1,800 Cherokee Nation employees will get a pay raise this year.
Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced the raises Wednesday during a town hall meeting with over 100 employees at a health clinic in Tahlequah.
The tribe’s minimum hourly wage will increase from $9.50 to $11 when Hoskin signs the executive order in October. He takes office Aug. 14.
There are 415 government employees whose hourly wage is less than $11. The pay raise applies to 1,382 government employees earning between $11 and less than $15 hourly.
Tulsa World reports Hoskin called the increase “fiscally responsible” to sustain the Cherokee people.
Pay increases apply only to full-time Cherokee Nation government, clinic and hospital employees. It won’t affect the tribe’s business entities.
Cherokee Nation employs about 3,850 people in total.