Cherokee Nation photo IDs return to Texas


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation travels to Fort Worth on Saturday with the tribe’s mobile registration ID unit to issue photo ID Cherokee citizenship cards to Cherokee citizens living in Texas.

Since October 2012, Cherokee Nation’s registration department has issued more than 34,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and 11 other states, as well as Washington D.C.

With 14,414 Cherokee Nation citizens living in Texas, it’s important to meet with and offer some of the same benefits as citizens in Oklahoma, Principal Chief Bill John Baker said.

“Producing a government-issued, photo ID helps to instill a greater sense of pride in our people, and we’re happy to bring this service to our Cherokees living outside of Oklahoma,” Chief Baker said. “I’ve presented my photo tribal citizenship card at several major airports, and even to the U.S. Secret Service, and experienced no problems whatsoever.”

The tribe’s upgraded photo ID citizenship cards are similar in appearance to a driver’s license. It features a citizen’s Cherokee Nation registration number, official registrar signature, the citizen’s photo and signature, Principal Chief’s signature and a distinctive Cherokee Nation hologram seal for validation. Citizens can opt for their official Bureau of Indian Affairs Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) on the back of the card.

The photo ID cards are being issued in conjunction with a community meeting of tribal citizens in the Fort Worth, Texas area. For more information, contact Tammy Keeter-Miller at 918-2074950 or the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or

The group will meet at the following time and location:

Fort Worth, Texas Sat., March 29 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Botanical Gardens 3220 Botanic Gardens Blvd.

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