CN photo IDs returning to California


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —The Cherokee Nation returns to California April 27-28 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 14,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and seven other states, as well as Washington D.C.

With 19,700 Cherokee Nation citizens living in California, it’s important to meet with and offer some of the same benefits as citizens 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 Bakersfield, Calif., and the Bay and Sacramento area. For more information contact Riley Rose at 661-859-4322 or Jacquie Archambeau at 925-408-3222, or the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or

The groups will meet at the following times and locations:

Bakersfield, Calif.
Saturday, April 27 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hart Park, Section 7 N.E. Corner
8222 Alfred Harrell Hwy.

Suisun City, Calif.
Sunday, April 28 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rush Ranch
3521 Grizzly Island Road

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

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