Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Common Questions

Are Cherokee Nation vehicle tags legitimate?

Cherokee Nation began its motor vehicle tag program in 2001 and now tags all types of vehicles for its citizens living in Oklahoma. The tags are recognized by both state and federal agencies.

How many Cherokees are there now?

There are approximately 370,000 Cherokee Nation citizens. Combined with the citizenship numbers of the United Keetoowah Band and the Eastern Band, there are now more than 400,000 Cherokees.

Does Cherokee Nation have a minimum blood quantum?

Cherokee Nation’s citizenship laws are based on legal documentation demonstrating a direct tie to the tribe, with no blood quantum.

Are Cherokee Nation citizens U.S. citizens?

Yes. Cherokee Nation citizens hold dual citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and whatever their primary country of residence is. Most Cherokee Nation citizens live in the U.S. although we have citizens around the world.

Do Cherokee Nation citizens pay taxes?

Yes. Cherokee Nation citizens are responsible for paying all applicable individual state, local, federal and tribal taxes, including income tax, sales tax, and property taxes.

How are Cherokee Nation programs funded?

Cherokee Nation’s programs and services are funded through a number of revenue sources, including dividends from our businesses (including casinos), grants and taxes, such as our motor fuels and vehicle tag programs.

Does Cherokee Nation have casinos?

Yes. Cherokee Nation currently operates 10 casinos across northeast Oklahoma, including the popular Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.