Cherokee Nation

Oklahoma News
7:03 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Cherokee Nation Brings Cultural Art To Health Centers

Cherokee Nation officials are using cultural art to create a sense of comfort for health care patients and their families by adding prayer feather sculptures to the landscape at two of its health facilities.

Cherokee artists Bill Glass and Demos Glass placed the first of the culturally significant sculptures at the A-Mo Health Center in Salina. Recently, a second sculpture was installed at the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw.

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4:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Cherokee Nation To Expand Tahlequah Hospital In Joint Venture

The Seal of the Cherokee Nation
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The Cherokee Nation has been awarded an Indian Health Service Joint Venture Construction Program project that will add a new facility to the tribe's W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

The agreement calls for the tribe to build the 250,000-square-foot facility and the IHS to provide up to $30 million a year for 20 years for staffing and operations.

The Cherokees were among the top three tribes selected from a pool of 37 applicants.

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Oklahoma News
6:48 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Tribes Holding Inter-Tribal Meeting In Tulsa

Gallery of the Five Civilized Tribes. The portraits were drawn or painted between 1775 and 1850.
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The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations.

Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.

The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.


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Business and Economy
7:28 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

$900 Million Collected From Tribal Gaming Compact Over Ten Years Is Above Estimate

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The Cherokee Nation is marking 10 years since Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed the state to negiated with Oklahoma tribes to operate Las Vegas-style gaming.

The Tahlequah-based tribe is preparing to mark the passage of State Question 712 at a ceremony Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Oklahoma News
6:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cherokees Open Substance Abuse Treatment Center

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The Cherokee Nation has opened a new $5 million substance abuse treatment center for youths in Tahlequah. 

The grand opening of the new Jack Brown Center was held Monday. The facility will help tribal youth ages 13-18 who have drug and alcohol addiction and is one of only 10 centers of its kind in the country.

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Oklahoma News
4:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

After 40 Years, Bison Back In Cherokee Nation

American Bison near Pawhuska
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A herd of bison is on Cherokee Nation soil for the first time in 40 years.

A total of 38 female bison were unloaded from a trailer Thursday and onto 66 acres of tribal land in Delaware County following a 900-mile journey from the Badlands of South Dakota. A herd of 10 bulls will arrive next week, and up to 1,000 more acres of tribal land can be opened as the bison herd grows.

The Oklahoma-based tribe has spent nearly two years working with the InterTribal Buffalo Council to acquire bison.

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1:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cherokee Nation Receives Gift Of Bison From InterTribal Buffalo Council

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The Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah has been gifted a herd of bison and will tend to the animals for the first time since the 1970s.

The tribe announced the award from the InterTribal Buffalo Council on Monday. The 40 animals are excess bison from North Dakota and the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. They will arrive by mid-October.

Those sites combine for about 800 head of surplus bison each year.

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Two New Retail Centers
6:17 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Cherokee Nation's Business Thriving

Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Catoosa
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With an $80 million deal inked for a planned retail center in the Tulsa area, plans for another one worth more than double that in Tahlequah and a new $10 million casino going up near the Kansas border, the Cherokee Nation's business arm is thriving.

And Oklahoma's largest American Indian tribe shows no sign of slowing the pace down as the economy slowly bounces back from recession.

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Cherokee Nation Veterans Center
3:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Cherokee Nation Honors Its Veterans With New Display

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The Cherokee Nation is honoring its veterans with new displays at the tribe's veterans center.

Newly installed displays at the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation Veterans Center feature tributes to Lt. Jack C. Montgomery and Adm. Joseph J. Clark. They are two of the most highly decorated Cherokee citizens to have ever served in the U.S. military.

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Native American
12:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Cherokee Nation Reveals New $170 Million Development

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Officials from the Cherokee Nation plan to unveil plans on Tuesday for a new $170 million retail and hospitality development in Tahlequah.

The project will feature dining, entertainment and retail developments. It will be located near the Cherokee Springs Golf Course.

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