CN photo IDs coming to Florida


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is headed to Central Florida on Saturday, June 1 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 16,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and seven other states, as well as Washington D.C.

With 1,793 Cherokee Nation citizens living in Florida, 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 Central Florida. For more information, contact Daniel Morris at 727-348-6468 or, or the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or

The group will meet at the following time and location:

Saturday, June 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in Clearwater, Fla.
Moccasin Lake Nature Park Environmental & Energy Education Center
2750 Park Trail Lane

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

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