Cherokee Nation hosting community meetings in New Mexico, Colorado

07/08/2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and tribal officials travel to the Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Denver areas this month to host community meetings and offer tribal citizenship photo IDs to Cherokee citizens living there.

The Cherokee Nation hosts a community meeting on Saturday in New Mexico. Tribal officials will host another community meeting with Cherokee citizens in the Denver area on Saturday, July 19.

With 1,825 Cherokee Nation citizens living in New Mexico and 3,470 living in Colorado, it’s important to meet with 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 42,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and 11 other states, as well as Washington, D.C.

The tribe’s upgraded photo ID citizenship cards are similar in appearance to a driver’s license. It features the citizen’s Cherokee Nation registration number, official registrar signature, 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 registration@cherokee.org.

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

Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico
Saturday, July 12 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sandia Lakes 100 Highway 313

Aurora, Colorado
Saturday, July 19 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Colorado – Denver
Nighthorse Campbell Native American Health Building
13001 E. 17th Place


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