TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation travels to Dallas this weekend, and then on to Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas, later this month, with the tribe’s mobile registration ID unit to issue at-large citizens new photo ID Cherokee citizenship cards.
Since October 2012, Cherokee Nation’s registration department has issued more than 22,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and 11 other states, as well as Washington, D.C.
With 14,000 Cherokee Nation citizens living in Texas, it’s important to meet with and offer some of the same benefits as citizens have 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 Dallas, Houston, Austin and the San Antonio area. For more information, contact Mary Dehaas at 972-221-2143 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Dallas meeting; Wade McAlister at 646-489-7715 or email@example.com for the Houston meeting; and Cassandra Kasbohm at 210-336-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Darlene Cinelli at 512-278-5564 or email@example.com for the Austin and San Antonio meeting. The Cherokee Nation registration department can also be reached at 918-458-6980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The groups will meet at the following times and locations:
Saturday, Sept. 14 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Photo IDs only)
Hilton Garden Inn – Dallas/Richardson
1001 W. President George Bush Turnpike, Richardson, Texas
Sunday, Sept. 15 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo IDs and Community Meeting)
Fairview Farms, The Corral Barn
3312 N. Central Expressway, Plano, Texas
Saturday, Sept. 21 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
9301 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands, Texas
Austin and San Antonio area
Sunday, Sept. 22 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Palmetto State Park, Group Pavilion 78
Park Rd. 11 S., Gonzales, Texas
(Park entry fee waived, ask for pass)
Cherokee Nation News Release
Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896
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