Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Recognized by Junior Achievement of Oklahoma as Honorary Tycoon

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker recognized as a 2017 Tulsa Tycoon by Junior Achievement of Oklahoma.

Published May 8, 2017

TULSA — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker was recognized for his efforts supporting Junior Achievement of Oklahoma at the 2017 Tulsa Tycoons: A Night of Monopoly Tuesday evening at Cox Business Center.

The annual event serves as Junior Achievement of Oklahoma’s largest fundraiser, supporting programs to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. The evening featured a group monopoly game, a mobile auction, a live auction, networking and stories highlighting JA’s impact.

Chief Baker was recognized as an Honorary Tycoon, along with Sheri Miksa, president/CEO of Mazzio’s, and Darton Zink, president/CEO of Zeeco.

“I’m grateful for Junior Achievement and honored to be recognized as a Tulsa Tycoon,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Together, we are reaching underserved schools in rural northeast Oklahoma and making financial education a priority. Our successful partnership has allowed us to reach more than 11,000 students to better educate them on the importance of personal finance and the modern marketplace.”

Cherokee Nation has a longstanding partnership with Junior Achievement of Oklahoma and was the first tribe to set up a commercial space in JA BizTown, a kid-sized city teaching financial literacy and life lessons through hands-on application. In addition, the tribe works closely with Cherokee Nation Foundation and Cherokee Nation Businesses to sponsor school trips to the Tulsa facility and bring JA programming into classrooms throughout northeast Oklahoma.

“We have built a strong relationship with Cherokee Nation under the leadership of Chief Bill John Baker and together have impacted thousands of students in northeast Oklahoma,” said Shannan Beeler, president of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. “Through this partnership we are empowering the future workforce, inspiring young entrepreneurs and ensuring their financial future, as well as the future viability of our state.”

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to preparing students for workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programming. To learn more about how you can support Junior Achievement Oklahoma or to sign up your classroom, visit

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