TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation travels to Oklahoma City Saturday 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 19,500 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and nine other states, as well as Washington, D.C.
With 77,449 Cherokee Nation citizens living in the state of Oklahoma but outside the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, it’s important to meet with and offer some of the same benefits, 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 at-large Cherokees,” 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 Oklahoma City. For more information, contact Cherokee Nation Community Cultural Outreach at 918-453-5000, or the Cherokee Nation Registration Department at 918-458-6980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting will be at the following time and location:
Sat., Aug. 3 from 6- 8 p.m., with Photo IDs issued beginning at noon.
Oklahoma History Museum
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.
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Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896
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