Five Tribes Act – April 26, 1906
Section 28: That the tribal existence and present tribal governments of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole tribes or nations are hereby continued in full force and effect for all purposes authorized by law…
About The Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally-recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 300,000 citizens, over 8,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation’s economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.5 billion annually. We are one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma. We are the largest tribal nation in the United States.
The Cherokee Nation is the federally-recognized government of the Cherokee people and as such has sovereign status granted by treaty and law. Its capitol is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma the capital of the Cherokee Nation. The Constitution of the Cherokee Nation was approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs on September 5, 1975 and ratified by the Cherokee people on June 26, 1976. A Constitutional Committee convened in 1999 to create a new Constitution. In 2003 the Cherokee people voted overwhelmingly to accept it. The new Constitution was enacted in 2006 and calls for a tripartite government.
The Cherokee Nation offers many services to its citizens and to other Native Americans throughout its tribal jurisdiction. These services span several different categories, including: Housing, Community, Education, Health and Human Services, Commerce and Career Services. These services oftentimes help citizens to help themselves. The Cherokee Nation dedicates resources through federal funding and tribal revenue to provide these and other services to the citizens who need them most.
The Cherokee Nation has several affiliated organizations that provide services to Cherokee citizens and the public. There are also several community groups who have organized and and meet frequently. These are organizations are vital for the Cherokee Nation. Its businesses provide employment opportunities for Cherokee citizens and revenue to support tribal operations. Affiliated Cherokee Nation organizations provide opportunities for the public to learn more about the tribe or provide a vital service to Cherokee citizens. At-large community organizations are an important aspect of keeping Cherokee culture and a sense Cherokee community nationally.
The Cherokee Nation continually works to advance the rights of its citizens. Faced with government-to-government relationships and treaties dating back nearly two hundred years, the Cherokee Nation focuses much of its energy on working with the federal, state and local governments as well as other tribal governments. There have been many successes including the settlement of the Arkansas Riverbed case; Indian Child Welfare; growth of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and challenges to bills in Congress literally threatening to eradicate the Cherokee Nation.
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