Cherokee Nation photo IDs coming to Denver


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is heading to Colorado July 20 with the tribe’s mobile registration ID unit to issue at-large citizens new photo ID Cherokee citizenship cards.

Since October, Cherokee Nation’s registration department has issued more than 18,400 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and eight other states, as well as Washington, D.C.

There are 3,545 Cherokee Nation citizens living in Colorado, and Principal Chief Bill John Baker said it’s important to meet with them and offer some of the same benefits as citizens have in Oklahoma.

“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 at the Denver Indian Center. For more information, contact John Gritts at 720-320-5642 or, Jay Grimm at 303-936-2688, or the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or

Cherokee Nation News Release
Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896 

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