Cherokee Nation

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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In Tahlequah
6:29 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Cherokee National Holiday Celebration Expects Big Crowds

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More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the Cherokee National Holiday later this month when the tribe will mark the 175th anniversary of the signing of the tribe's constitution.

The holiday takes place Aug. 29-31 in Tahlequah.

Celebration events include a parade, a powwow and traditional games like stickball. Native American vendors will also be on hand.

This year's event will commemorate the signing of the tribe's constitution on Sept. 6, 1839. This created the tribe's existing government.


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

Cherokees Reflect On Start Of Tribal Government

Cherokee Square & Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex
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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
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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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