TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation travels to Wichita and Kansas City, Kan., this weekend 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 17,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and eight other states, as well as Washington, D.C.
With 9,756 Cherokee Nation citizens living in Kansas, 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 Kansas. For more information, contact Warner White at 316-650-8643 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Wichita meeting and Christine Molle at 816-810-6626 or email@example.com for the Kansas City meeting, or the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The groups will meet at the following times and locations:
Wichita, Kan. Sat., June 29 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mid American Indian Center 650 N. Seneca
Kansas City, Kan. Sun., June 30 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pierson Park – Shelter #2 1800 S. 55th St.
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Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896
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