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The CHEROKEE NATION ( Cherokee
Cherokee
: ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, Tsalagihi Ayeli), also known as the CHEROKEE NATION OF OKLAHOMA, is the largest of three Cherokee
Cherokee
federally recognized tribes in the United States
United States
. It was established in the 20th century and includes people descended from members of the Old Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation who relocated from the Southeast due to increasing pressure to Indian Territory
Indian Territory
and Cherokee who were forced to relocate on the Trail of Tears . The tribe also includes descendants of Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen and Natchez Nation . Over 299,862 people are enrolled in the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, with 189,228 living within the state of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
. According to Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) head Larry EchoHawk
Larry EchoHawk
, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation is not the historical Cherokee
Cherokee
tribe but instead a "successor in interest."

Headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation has a tribal jurisdictional area spanning 14 counties in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma. These are Adair , Cherokee
Cherokee
, Craig , Delaware
Delaware
, Mayes , McIntosh , Muskogee , Nowata , Ottawa , Rogers , Sequoyah , Tulsa , Wagoner , and Washington counties.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early modern * 1.2 Constitutional crisis * 1.3 Freedmen controversy

* 2 Environment

* 3 Demographics

* 3.1 Population * 3.2 Language * 3.3 Family structure

* 4 Government

* 5 Inter-tribal relations

* 5.1 Inter-tribal membership * 5.2 Tribal heritage groups

* 6 Economy

* 7 Culture

* 7.1 Art * 7.2 Media

* 8 Health * 9 Notable people * 10 See also * 11 References * 12 External links

HISTORY

EARLY MODERN

During 1898–1906, beginning with the Curtis Act of 1898 , the US federal government all but dissolved the former Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation's governmental and civic institutions, to make way for the incorporation of Indian Territory
Indian Territory
into the new state of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
. From 1906 to 1938, the structure and function of the tribal government was not clearly defined. After the dissolution of the tribal government of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation in the 1900s and the death of William Charles Rogers in 1917, the Federal government began to appoint chiefs to the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation in 1919. The service time for each appointed chief was so brief that it became known as "Chief for a Day." Six men fell under this category, the first being A. B. Cunningham who served from November 8 to November 25. The short service times were often just long enough to have one sign a treaty, usually to cede more land.

In the 1930s, the Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
administration worked to improve conditions by supporting the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which encouraged tribes to reconstitute their governments and write constitutions. On August 8, 1938, the tribe convened a general convention in Fairfield, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
to elect a Chief. They choose J. B. Milam as principal chief. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt confirmed the election in 1941. W. W. Keeler was appointed chief in 1949. After the U.S. government under President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
had adopted a self-determination policy, the nation was able to rebuild its government. The people elected W. W. Keeler as chief. Keeler, who was also the president of Phillips Petroleum , was succeeded by Ross Swimmer . In 1975 the tribe drafted a constitution, under the name Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation of Oklahoma, which was ratified on June 26, 1976. The tribe has also conducted litigation using this name. In 1985 Wilma Mankiller was elected as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation was seriously destabilized in May 1997 in what was variously described as either a nationalist "uprising" or an "anti-constitutional coup" instigated by Joe Byrd , the Principal Chief. Elected in 1995, Byrd became locked in a battle of strength with the judicial branch of the Cherokee
Cherokee
tribe. The crisis came to a head on March 22, 1997, when Byrd said in a press conference that he would decide which orders of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation’s Supreme Court were lawful and which were not.

A simmering crisis continued over Byrd's creation of a private, armed paramilitary force. On June 20, 1997 his private militia illegally seized custody of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Courthouse from its legal caretakers and occupants, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Marshals, the Judicial Appeals Tribunal and its court clerks. They ousted the lawful occupants at gunpoint. Immediately the court demanded that the courthouse be returned to the judicial branch of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, but these requests were ignored by Byrd. The Federal authorities of the United States
United States
initially refused to intervene because of potential breach of tribal sovereignty. The State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
recognized that Byrd's activities were breaches in state law. By August, it sent in state troopers and specialist anti-terrorist teams. Byrd was required to attend a meeting in Washington, DC with the Bureau of Indian Affairs , at which he was compelled to reopen the courts. He served the remainder of his elected term. In 1999 Byrd lost the election for Principal Chief to Chad Smith but was elected to the Tribal Council in 2013.

A new constitution was drafted in 1999 that included mechanisms for voters to remove officials from offices, changed the structure of the tribal council, and removed the need to ask the Bureau of Indian Affairs' permission to amend the constitution. The tribe and Bureau of Indian Affairs negotiated changes to the new constitution and it was ratified in 2003. Confusion resulted when the US Secretary of the Interior would not approve it. To overcome the impasse, the Cherokee Nation voted by referendum to amend its 1975/1976 Constitution "to remove Presidential approval authority," allowing the tribe to independently ratify and amend its own constitution. As of August 9, 2007, the BIA gave the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation consent to amend its Constitution without approval from the Department of the Interior. Certain non- Cherokee
Cherokee
groups contest the viability of this constitution.

FREEDMEN CONTROVERSY

Main article: Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen Controversy

The Cherokee
Cherokee
freedmen , descendants of African American
African American
slaves owned by citizens of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation during the Antebellum Period , were first guaranteed Cherokee
Cherokee
citizenship under a treaty with the United States in 1866. This was in the wake of the American Civil War
American Civil War
, when the US emancipated slaves and passed US constitutional amendments granting freedmen citizenship in the United States. In reaching peace with the Cherokee, who had sided with the Confederates, the US government required that they end slavery and grant full citizenship to freedmen living within their nation. Those who left could become United States
United States
citizens. In a recognition of Cherokee
Cherokee
sovereignty, in 1988 the federal court in the Freedmen case of Nero v. Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation held that the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation could legally determine its own citizenship requirements, even if that meant excluding descendants of freedmen who had formerly been considered citizens.

On March 7, 2006, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Judicial Appeal Tribunal ruled that the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen were eligible for Cherokee
Cherokee
citizenship. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedman had historically been recorded as "citizens" of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation since 1866, and their ancestors were recorded on the Dawes Commission Land Rolls (although generally in the category of Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen, even if they qualified as " Cherokee
Cherokee
by blood", as many did.) The ruling "did not limit membership to people possessing Cherokee
Cherokee
blood," as some freedmen and their descendants had never intermarried with Cherokee. This ruling was consistent with the 1975 Constitution of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, in its acceptance of the Cherokee Freedmen on the basis of historical citizenship, rather than documented blood relation. The Constitution had always restricted elected governmental positions to persons of Cherokee
Cherokee
blood.

On May 15, 2007, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Tribal Courts reinstated the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen as citizens while appeals were pending in the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Courts and Federal Court. On May 22, 2007, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation received notice from the United States
United States
Bureau of Indian Affairs that the BIA and Federal Government had denied the amendment to the 1975 Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Constitution because it required BIA approval, which had not been obtained. The BIA also noted that the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation had excluded the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen from voting on the amendment. On this issue, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Supreme Court ruled that the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation could take away the approval authority which it had previously granted the federal government. Pending the resolution of litigation, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedman had all rights as full Cherokee Nation citizens, including voting rights and access to tribal services. In early 2011, the tribal district court ruled that the special election in 2007 on the constitutional amendment was unconstitutional, as it excluded Freedmen from voting. The Nation appealed. On August 22, 2011, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Supreme Court upheld the results of the 2007 special election. Chuck Trimble, a former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians , characterized the decision as the " Cherokee
Cherokee
Dred Scott
Dred Scott
Decision", for depriving a group of citizenship.

At the same time, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Supreme Court ordered a special run-off election to be held September 24, 2011 to settle the office of Principal Chief. Earlier voting in this year's election had been so close that the incumbent Chad Smith and challenger Bill John Baker , longtime Cherokee
Cherokee
National Council member, had each twice been declared the winner. On September 11, the Nation sent letters to Freedmen, notifying them of their loss of citizenship and voting rights. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Housing and Urban Development
froze $33 million in funds to the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation while studying the case, pursuant to a stipulation in the 2008 Congressional renewal of Self-Determination Act. On September 13, the Department of the Interior strongly urged the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation to restore voting rights and benefits to descendants of Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen, including the right to vote in the special election for principal chief, at the risk of violating its constitution and the US Constitution. On September 14, the Cherokee
Cherokee
AG recommended reinstatement of the Freedmen, pending a hearing for oral arguments. On September 20, Judge Henry Kennedy of the US District Court announced the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, Freedmen plaintiffs and US government had come to an agreement in a preliminary hearing to allow the Freedmen to vote, with voting to continue through October 5 if necessary. Two associated cases on the Freedmen issues are in the District Court.

ENVIRONMENT

Today the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation is one of America's leading proponents for ecological protection. Since 1992, the Nation has served as the lead for the Inter-Tribal Environmental Council . The mission of ITEC is to protect the health of American Indians, their natural resources and their environment as it relates to air, land and water. To accomplish this mission, ITEC provides technical support, training and environmental services in a variety of environmental disciplines. Currently, there are more than 40 participating tribes in ITEC from Oklahoma, New Mexico
New Mexico
, and Texas
Texas
. As of 2014 , the Cherokee
Cherokee
Seed Project of the Natural Resources Department offers "two breeds of corn, two kinds of beans (including Trail of Tears beans), two gourds and medicinal tobacco" to Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation members.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Example of a Cherokee
Cherokee
census card for Fairland, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
from the first few years of the 20th century.

POPULATION

Race and blood quantum are not factors in Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation tribal citizenship eligibility. To be considered a citizen in the Cherokee Nation, an individual needs a direct Indian ancestor listed on the Dawes Rolls . The tribe currently has members who also have African, Latino, Asian, white and other ancestry. Members of the Natchez Nation joined the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, as did other southeastern tribes in the 18th century.

LANGUAGE

Second Cherokee
Cherokee
Female Seminary in Tahlequah (present-day Seminary Hall of Northeastern State University )

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation instigated a 10-year language preservation plan that involved growing new fluent speakers of the Cherokee
Cherokee
language from childhood on up through school immersion programs as well as a collaborative community effort to continue to use the language at home. This plan was part of an ambitious goal that in 50 years, 80% or more of the Cherokee
Cherokee
people will be fluent in the language. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Preservation Foundation has invested $3 million into opening schools, training teachers, and developing curricula for language education, as well as initiating community gatherings where the language can be actively used. Formed in 2006, the Kituwah Preservation "> Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Historic Courthouse in Tahlequah, built in 1849, is the oldest public building standing in the state of Oklahoma.

Two tribal council members represent the at-large citizenry – those who live outside the tribe's 14-county jurisdictional area in northeastern Oklahoma. Eleven satellite communities have been organized by the tribe in areas of high Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation populations. These communities are composed of a majority of enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens. These communities are a way for enrolled Cherokee citizens to connect with Cherokee
Cherokee
heritage and culture, and to be more politically engaged. These communities are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, and central Oklahoma. Bill John Baker , the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation since November 6, 2011

The executive branch is also composed of five independent agencies which exercise power autonomously from the control of the Principal Chief:

* Tax Commission * Election Commission * Environmental Protection Commission * Gaming Commission * The Cherokee
Cherokee
Phoenix

Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Marshal Service Patch

The principal chief is the head of the executive branch of the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Government, responsible for overseeing an annual budget of over $600 million and more than 3,000 full-time employees. The deputy chief acts as the chief in his or her absence. The chief is assisted in managing the executive branch by the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Marshal, the Treasurer, and several group leaders. The government's functions are divided into several Groups, each headed by a Group Leader. These groups are further divided into several Service Areas which provide governmental services to the Cherokee
Cherokee
people. As of July 2011, there are fifteen groups:

* Education Services Group - oversees all early childhood development programs, cultural and historical preservation efforts, higher education scholarships, and operates several schools for Cherokee
Cherokee
students * Health Services Group - provides direct care and community health services, including the operation of eight regional health clincs and one central hospital facility * Financial Resources Group - central accounting, budgeting, and acquisition services for the entire Government * Community Services Group - provides public transit services, constructs road and sanitary sewer infrastructure projects, environmental health services, and self-help housing assistance * Management Resources Group - provides centralized support services to the entire government, including facilities management, risk management, natural resources preservation, and long range planning and development * Commerce Services Group - operates the Nation's Small Business Assistance Center which provides financial support to Cherokee-owned business, provides mortgage assistance to Cherokee
Cherokee
homebuyers, and promotes cultural tourism * Human Services Group - provides family assistance programs, child support services, child care centers, child welfare and protective services, and veterans affairs services * Government Resources Group - oversees funds received from the Federal Government, manages all Tribal property, and oversees Tribal registration * Housing Services Group - operates low-income and elderly rental property for citizens, provides rehabilitation to private homes, provides mortgage assistance to citizens, and provides subsidy for rental properties * Career Services Group - provides job training, job relocation assistance, vocational rehabilitation, and operates "Talking Leaves" Job Corps Facility * Leadership Services Group - operates the Cherokee
Cherokee
Ambassador program, manages the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Youth Choir , the Cherokee Youth Leadership Council, and various Summer Camps * Office of the Attorney General - provides legal advice and representation to the Tribe and prosecutes violators of Tribal law * Cherokee
Cherokee
Marshal Service - provides full service law enforcement services to the Nation * Human Resources Group - provides centralize personnel management for all employee recruitment and management affairs of the government * Information Systems Group - provides centralized information technology management for the government

The judicial branch of tribal government includes the District Court and Supreme Court, which is comparable to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court consists of five members who are appointed by the Principal Chief and confirmed by the council. It is the highest court of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation and oversees internal legal disputes and the District Court. The District Judge and an Associate District Judge preside over the tribe’s District Court and hear all cases brought before it under jurisdiction of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Judicial Code. Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation has two tribal courts, the District Court and the Supreme Court. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Marshal Service polices the tribe. A wide range of tribal businesses are operated by Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Entertainment (CNE) and Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Businesses (CNB), based in Catoosa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Industries (CNI), based in Stilwell, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
. The tribal newspaper is the Cherokee
Cherokee
Phoenix . The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation operates Sequoyah High School and W. W. Hastings Hospital, both based in Tahlequah. The Nation also operates a medical clinic, the Wilma P. Mankiller Clinic, and Marietta School in Stilwell.

The Congress of the United States
United States
, the federal courts, and state courts have repeatedly upheld the sovereignty of Native Tribes, defining their relationship in political rather than racial terms, and have stated it is a compelling interest of the United States. This principle of self-government and tribal sovereignty is controversial. According to the Boston College
Boston College
sociologist and Cherokee, Eva Marie Garroutte, up to 32 separate definitions of "Indian" are used in federal legislation, as of a 1978 congressional survey. The 1994 Federal Legislation AIRFA ( American Indian Religious Freedom Act ) defines an Indian as one who belongs to an Indian Tribe, which is a group that "is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States
United States
to Indians because of their status as Indians."

The Principal Chief, Deputy Chief, and Tribal Council are elected to four-year terms by the registered tribal voters over the age of 18. The council is the legislative branch of government and represents the five districts of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation in the 14 county tribal jurisdictional area, with each district having three councilors. Two council members represent the at-large community who live outside the 14-county area. In October 2011, Bill John Baker was elected Principal Chief for a four-year term.

INTER-TRIBAL RELATIONS

INTER-TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation participates in numerous joint programs with the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians, including cultural exchange programs and joint Tribal Council meetings involving councilors from both Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes that address issues affecting all Cherokee
Cherokee
people. The United Keetoowah Band tribal council unanimously passed a resolution to approach the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation for a joint council meeting between the two nations, as a means of "offering the olive branch," in the words of the UKB Council. While a date was set for the meeting between members of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation council and UKB representation, Chief Chad Smith vetoed the meeting.

The Delaware Tribe of Indians (Lenape) became part of the Cherokee Nation in 1867. On 28 July 2009 it achieved independent federal recognition as a tribe. Similarly, the Shawnee Tribe separated from the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation and achieved federal recognition in the 20th century. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation strongly opposes further federal or state recognition of other Cherokee
Cherokee
groups. This is despite some of these groups having signed treaties in the past. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation believes that this would jeopardize tribal sovereignty.

On April 9, 2008, the Councils of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians at the Joint Council Meeting held in Catoosa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
passed a resolution: "Opposing Fabricated Cherokee
Cherokee
'Tribes' and 'Indians'." It denounced further state or federal recognition of so-called Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes or bands. These tribes committed to exposing and assisting state and federal authorities in eradicating any group that attempts or claims to operate as a government of the Cherokee people. The resolution asked that no public funding from any federal or state government should be expended on behalf of non-federally recognized Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes or bands. The Nation stated it would call for a full accounting of all federal monies given to state recognized, unrecognized or 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that claimed any Cherokee
Cherokee
affiliation. It called for federal and state governments to stringently apply a federal definition of "Indian", to include citizens of federally recognized Indian tribes, to prevent non-Indians from selling membership in so-called Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes for the purpose of exploiting the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990
Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990
. In a controversial segment that could affect Cherokee
Cherokee
Baptist churches and charitable organizations, the resolution stated that no 501(c)(3) organization, state recognized, or unrecognized groups shall be acknowledged as Cherokee.

The resolution challenged celebrities who claim Cherokee
Cherokee
ancestry (Examples are in the "List of self-identified Cherokee".) "Any individual who is not a member of a federally recognized Cherokee tribe, in academia or otherwise, is hereby discouraged from claiming to speak as a Cherokee, or on behalf of Cherokee
Cherokee
citizens, or using claims of Cherokee
Cherokee
heritage to advance his or her career or credentials. – Joint Council of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians."

The United Keetoowah Band did not sign or approve the resolution. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation acknowledges the existence of people of Cherokee descent "...in states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas," who are Cherokee
Cherokee
by ancestry but who are not considered members of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation.

"There are more than 200 groups that we’ve been able to recognize that call themselves a Cherokee
Cherokee
nation, tribe, or band," said Mike Miller, spokesman for the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. "Only three are federally recognized, but the other groups run the gamut of intent. Some are basically heritage groups – people who have family with Cherokee heritage who are interested in the language and culture, and we certainly encourage that," said Miller. "But the problem is when you have groups that call themselves ‘nation,’ or ‘band,’ or ‘tribe,’ because that implies governance."

TRIBAL HERITAGE GROUPS

Main article: Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Groups

Many groups have sought recognition by the federal government as Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes, but today there are only three groups so recognized. Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation spokesman Mike Miller has said that some groups, which he calls Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Groups , are encouraged. Others have created controversy by their attempts to gain economically through their claims to be Cherokee. The three federally recognized groups say that only they have the legal right to present themselves as Cherokee Indian Tribes.

Prior to 1975, the Texas
Texas
Cherokees and Associate Bands (TCAB) were considered a part of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, as reflected in briefs filed before the Indian Claims Commission . While W.W. Keeler served as Chief of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, he also was Chairman of the TCAB Executive Committee. The TCAB was formed as a political organization in 1871 by William Penn Adair and Clement Neely Vann, for descendants of the Texas
Texas
Cherokee
Cherokee
and the Mount Tabor Community. They wanted to gain redress from treaty violations, stemming from the Treaty of Bowles Village of 1836.

Following the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation's adoption of a constitution in 1975, it excluded from tribal membership those TCAB descendants whose ancestors had remained a part of the physical Mount Tabor Community in Rusk County, Texas
Texas
. This was based on their ancestors not having been recorded on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes, as documented by the US government.

ECONOMY

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation controls Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Businesses , a holding company which owns companies in gaming , construction, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, technology, real estate, and healthcare industries. The Nation also operate its own housing authority and issues Tribal vehicle and boat tags. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation's estimated annual economic impact is $1.06 billion on the state’s economy, $401 million in salaries, and supports 13,527 Cherokee
Cherokee
and non-Cherokee jobs. In recent times, the modern Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation has experienced an almost unprecedented expansion in economic growth and prosperity for its citizens. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation has significant business, corporate, real estate, and agricultural interests, helping to produce revenue for economic development and welfare.

CULTURE

Basket weaving
Basket weaving
workshop sponsored by the tribe

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation council appropriates money for historic foundations concerned with the preservation of Cherokee
Cherokee
culture, including the Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Center . It operates living history exhibits including a reconstructed ancient Cherokee
Cherokee
village, Adams Rural Village (a turn-of-the-century village), Nofire Farms, and the Cherokee
Cherokee
Family Research Center for genealogy, which is open to the public. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation hosts the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Holiday on Labor Day
Labor Day
weekend each year, attracting 80,000 to 90,000 Cherokee
Cherokee
to Tahlequah for the festivities.

ART

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Center is home to the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Museum, which has numerous exhibitions also open to the public. The CHC is the repository for the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation as its National Archives. The CHC operates under the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Historical Society, Inc., and is governed by a Board of Trustees with an executive committee. The nation also supports the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Film Festivals in Tahlequah and participates in the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah
.

MEDIA

It also publishes The Cherokee
Cherokee
Phoenix , a tribal newspaper. The newspaper has operated nearly continuously since 1828, publishing editions in both English and the Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabary (also known as the Sequoyah syllabary).

HEALTH

The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation has constructed health clinics throughout Oklahoma, contributed to community development programs, built roads and bridges, constructed learning facilities and universities for its citizens, instilled the practice of Gadugi and self-reliance, revitalized language immersion programs for its children and youth, and is a powerful and positive economic and political force in Eastern Oklahoma. In the early 21st century, the tribe assumed control of W. W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, previously operated by the US Indian Health Service .

NOTABLE PEOPLE

Little Miss Cherokee, 2007

* Bud Adams (1923–2013), businessman and owner of the Tennessee Titans and Houston Oilers * Tommy Allsup , swing/rockabilly musician * Bill John Baker , Principal Chief, businessman and longstanding tribal councilperson * Lena Blackbird , basket weaver * Martha Berry , bead artist, curator, and author * Roy Boney Jr. (b. 1978), artist, animator, comic book illustrator * Sam Bradford (b. 1987), quarterback, winner of the Heisman Trophy * Dylan Bundy Pitcher, Baltimore Orioles * Linda Burhansstipanov , MSPH, DrPH, public health educator and researcher focused on Native American cancer care and support * Joe Byrd , Principal Chief (1995–1999) * Brad Carson (b. 1967), Oklahoma
Oklahoma
congressman * Rear Admiral Joseph J. Clark
Joseph J. Clark
(1893–1971), United States
United States
Navy, highest-ranking Native American in the US military. * Mike Dart (b. 1977), basket weaver * Talmadge Davis (1962–2005), painter * Mavis Doering (1929–2007), basket weaver * Joseph L. Erb (b. 1974), artist, first 3-D animator in Cherokee language * Angel Goodrich (b. 1990), WNBA basketball player * John Tyler Hammons (b. 1988), mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma * Sharon Irla (b. 1957), painter * Daniel Heath Justice , author and professor * W. W. Keeler (1908–1987), Principal Chief * Adrienne Keene , author and professor, creator of Native Appropriations * Phil Konstantin (b. 1952), author, TV reporter, historian, website creator * Stacy Leeds , former justice on the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Supreme Court, judge for three tribal courts, law professor * Litefoot , rapper and actor * Wilma Mankiller
Wilma Mankiller
(1945–2010), Principal Chief and author * Barbara McAlister (b. 1941), mezzo-soprano opera singer * J. B. Milam (1884–1949), Principal Chief * America Meredith (1972), artist, curator, and lecturer * Lloyd Kiva New (1916–2002), fashion designer, co-founded of the Institute of American Indian Arts * Will Rogers Jr. (1911–1993), journalist, entertainer, and California
California
congressman * William Sanders (writer) (b. 1942), writer * Sonny Sixkiller (b. 1951), football player * Chad Smith , former Principal Chief and attorney * Hastings Shade , former Deputy Chief, traditionalist, language expert, artist, and National Treasure * Ross Swimmer , Principal Chief and Special
Special
Trustee for American Indians at the U.S. Department of the Interior * Wes Studi (b. 1947), actor, musician, Native American rights advocate * Kimberly Teehee (b. 1969/70), senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council * Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), painter and educator * Tommy Wildcat , flautist

SEE ALSO

* Indigenous peoples of North America portal * United States
United States
portal

* List of federally recognized tribes * List of Indian reservations in the United States
United States
* List of Native American tribes in Oklahoma
Oklahoma

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