Cherokee Nation hosting community meeting in Washington, D.C.


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal leaders will host a luncheon and offer new tribal citizenship photo IDs to Cherokee citizens living in the Washington, D.C. area at an event on Saturday.

With 1,400 Cherokee Nation citizens living in the greater Washington, D.C., area, it’s important to meet with these at-large Cherokee citizens about tribal issues and programs, as well as offer some of the same benefits as tribal citizens have in Oklahoma, such as photo ID citizenship cards, Chief Baker said.

The photo ID cards will be issued during the community meeting and luncheon attended by Chief Baker.

“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.”

Since October 2012, Cherokee Nation’s registration department has issued more than 35,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and 11 other states.

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.

For more information, contact Tammy Keeter-Miller at 918-207-4950 or the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or

The community meeting, luncheon and photo ID event will be held at the following time and location:

Sat., April 5 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth St. and Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington D.C.

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