Cherokee Nation celebrates opening of Cherokee National Peace Pavilion

June 13, 2018

Pavilion pays tribute to the 1843 intertribal peace gathering

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WHAT:
Grand opening of the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 20
12:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Cherokee National Peace Pavilion
177 S. Water Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464

WHO:
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Cherokee Nation Tribal Council
Cherokee Tri-Council
Cherokee National Youth Choir

TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – Cherokee Nation is commemorating the 175th anniversary of the 1843 intertribal peace gathering with the opening of a new pavilion, located just east of the Cherokee National Capitol.

The pavilion’s design pays tribute to the gathering by interpreting the look of the large log structure that hosted what Cherokee Nation Principal Chief William P. Ross called “the most important Indian council ever held on the American continent.”

“Chief John Ross saw the need for tribal governments to come together and stand united on issues that would ensure the survival of Native people,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We hope this pavilion will serve as a reminder of that sacred event and of the power we yield when we unify our Native voice in an effort to preserve, promote and protect our cultural identities.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 20, at 12:30 with special guests from the annual Cherokee Tri-Council meeting. The celebration will include performances by the Cherokee National Youth Choir and a hog fry lunch that is open to the public.

In addition to opening the pavilion, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is also hosting an exhibit about the historical event at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum through November 2019. The exhibit provides a deeper look at the momentous gathering, including who attended and what was discussed. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. in Tahlequah.