Cherokee Nation

Ceremony on Tuesday
7:31 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Cherokees Reflect On Start Of Tribal Government

Cherokee Square & Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

Cherokee Nation officials are planning to mark an 1839 date that began the creation of what became the tribe's current form of government.

Tuesday's ceremony in Cherokee Nation Capitol Square will recognize the 175th anniversary of the 1839 Act of Union.

The act created a unified political body for Cherokees who relocated west years before the tribe's forced removal and those who settled in the area after the Trail of Tears.

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Trail of tears
4:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tennessee Acknowledges And Apologizes To Cherokees For Removal

Cherokee Nation Secretary Of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and Tribal Councilor Jack Baker
Credit Lawrence Boothby / Anadisgoi

Tennessee lawmakers have apologized to the Cherokee Nation for actions taken by President Andrew Jackson that forced up to 16,000 Cherokees off Tennessee lands 175 years ago.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 553 at an event Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the Trail of Tears.

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Native American
6:11 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Five-Year Grant Aimed At Improving Child Welfare In Cherokee Nation

Credit Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University has received a five-year grant of $735,000 aimed at improving child welfare services in the Cherokee Nation.

The university's Department of Social Work will partner with the tribe to enhance and support child welfare services. The funding is from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, which is a service of the U.S. Children's Bureau.

Northeastern State University is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive the funding.

The funding also pays for eight internships for undergraduate students who are studying social work.

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8 Clubs to share $200,000
4:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Cherokee Nation Significant Contributor To Boys And Girls Clubs

Credit Boys & Girls Clubs Of America

The Cherokee Nation is donating about $200,000 to be spread among eight Boys and Girls clubs in Oklahoma.

The tribe announced the donation Thursday. Different monetary awards were donated to the Boys and Girls club programs in Adair County, Bartlesville, Chelsea, Tahlequah, Delaware County, Green Country-Pryor, Nowata and Sequoyah County.

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Native American
12:39 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cherokee Chief: End Of Trail Of Tears Worthy Of Celebration

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation says the 175th anniversary of the end of the Trail of Tears is a cause for celebration.

Several thousand Cherokee Indians died as they were forced from their homelands in the southeast into Indian Territory, beginning in 1838.

Monday marks the anniversary of the arrival of the final group to present-day Oklahoma.

Chief Bill John Baker says tribal members feel a sense of pride from the Trail of Tears. He says that, despite the trials and tribulations, Cherokee ancestors survived and the tribe has thrived.

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Native American
11:38 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cherokee Nation Raising Minimum Wage

Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

The chief of one of the largest Native American tribes in the country has announced that the tribe is raising its minimum wage.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed an executive order last week raising the minimum wage for tribal employees to $9.50 over the next two years.

The tribe's current minimum wage is $9 per hour. Some workers will see the increase starting Oct. 1, while others will see a staggered increase over the fiscal year.

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Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokees
4:07 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cherokees Coming Together At The National Museum Of The American Indian

Credit National Museum Of The American Indian

Two bands of Cherokee Indians are coming together to tell their history at an educational program at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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Motion Filed Friday In Federal Court
6:23 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Interior Department Sides With Cherokee Freedmen

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior says certain descendants of black slaves once owned by some members of the Cherokee Nation should be afforded tribal citizenship rights.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell filed the motion Friday in federal court in the longstanding case between the descendants, known as freedmen, and the Cherokees.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony In Stilwell
5:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Cherokee Nation To Open New Child Care Center

Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is scheduled to cut the ribbon on a new $4.2 million child development center in Stilwell.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday for the 19,000-square-foot child care center. The center will quadruple the size of an old center that was built in 1969. The new center features eight classrooms, four playgrounds, a culturally inspired reading circle area and a bell tower atop the building.

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Native American
11:51 am
Wed November 20, 2013

VIDEO: Congress Honors Native American Code Talkers

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) speaking during a ceremony Wednesday honoring Native American Code Talkers.
Credit Speaker of the House John Boehner / YouTube

The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation were among more than 30 tribes who received a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers.

Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II.

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, one of only a few Native Americans in Congress, spoke during the ceremony.

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