Cherokee Nation’s commitment to education is unequivocal. In the past eight years, every eligible student who applied for a scholarship was awarded one. And since 2002, Cherokee Nation’s investment in public schools from the sale of car tags exceeded $50 million. More Cherokees are going to college than ever before and we believe that every Cherokee citizen should have the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential. We understand the importance of providing secure and safe learning environments for our kids which is why we will work with Congress to address the backlog that exists nationally at the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education for school replacement and maintenance funding. We will continue to meet our obligations to ensure that our students, who are our next generation of leaders, are successful from K-12th grade. We will also work to ensure that our citizens are well-trained and ready for careers ranging from technical skills to aerospace engineering.