The Cherokee Nation is a sovereign tribal government. Upon settling in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) after the Indian Removal Act, the Cherokee people established a new government in what is now the city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. A constitution was adopted on September 6, 1839, 68 years prior to Oklahoma’s statehood.

Today, the Cherokee Nation is the largest tribe in the United States with more than 450,000 tribal citizens worldwide. More than 141,000 Cherokee Nation citizens reside within the tribe’s reservation boundaries in northeastern Oklahoma. Services provided include health and human services, education, employment, housing, economic and infrastructure development, environmental protection and more. With approximately 11,000 employees, Cherokee Nation and its subsidiaries are one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe had a more than $2.16 billion economic impact on the Oklahoma economy in fiscal year 2018.


The Cherokee Nation is committed to protecting our inherent sovereignty, preserving and promoting Cherokee culture, language and values, and improving the quality of life for the next seven generations of Cherokee Nation citizens.

What's Happening

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Warrior Housing Addition

Cherokee families moved into the ᏓᎿᏫ ᏗᏟᎯ ᏚᎾᏓᏁᎸᎢ (dahnawi ditlihi dunadanelvi), or Warrior Addition recently. During the move-in celebration, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner announced plans for a comprehensive housing study that will examine housing needs for Cherokee families across the Cherokee Nation Reservation, including where shortfalls may exist in rental and homeownership opportunities.

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Wilma P. Mankiller Park

Cherokee Nation recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $10 million, nearly 15-acre park in Tahlequah named in honor of the late Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller. The Wilma P. Mankiller Cherokee Capitol Park is being constructed on property that was acquired by the tribe after a proposal by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner to create the park – an idea first recommended by Cherokee Nation First Daughter Jasmine Hoskin, who felt the land could be turned into a family-friendly space.

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Remember the Removal Bike Ride

Ten Cherokee Nation bicyclists who were part of the 2024 Remember the Removal Bike Ride finished their 950-mile journey recently with a homecoming ceremony in the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. During the trek, the cyclists retraced the northern route of the Trail of Tears in honor of their ancestors who were forcibly removed from their homelands in the southeast United States 185 years ago. 

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Cherokee Nation Holiday Returns

Cherokee Nation will celebrate its 72nd annual Cherokee National Holiday over Labor Day weekend, including an inter-tribal powwow, parade, and other longtime cultural favorites. The theme, “Weaving Our Future," and art are meant to illustrate the traditional story of the water spider, one of the smallest creatures that, according to Cherokees, demonstrated no matter how small, every one of the tribe’s more than 460,000 citizens can make great and significant contributions to the fabric of Cherokee culture.

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USNS Cherokee Nation Christened

The Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Navy recently christened the USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7), the Navy’s newest towing and rescue ship named in honor of all Cherokee citizens who served in the Navy and Marine Corps. The USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7) will play a critical role in the country’s national defense strategy, providing a wide range of missions including open ocean towing, deep dive, humanitarian assistance and wide area search and surveillance.