June 18, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – Leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are gathering in Tahlequah this week for the 2018 Tri-Council meeting.
“Tri-Council is always a powerful and moving event for the Cherokee people,” Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said. “To unite as one people – Cherokee people – and make our voice heard and exercise our sovereignty in 2018 is a testament to the perseverance and actions of our ancestors.”
The three tribes kicked off the three-day gathering Monday with social and cultural activities. As part of the meeting, the tribes will attend a dinner reception Tuesday at the Cherokee Heritage Center for the new Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club exhibit. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
To conclude, the tribes will participate in a general meeting Wednesday at the new Cherokee National Peace Pavilion, located at 177 S. Water Avenue in Tahlequah. The chiefs will deliver speeches on each tribe’s current status, and the legislative bodies will vote on resolutions vital to protecting Cherokee culture, identity and sovereignty.
“Each and every year, the Tri-Council meeting never fails to leave me inspired and optimistic,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “To watch leaders from the three Cherokee tribes gather and work together on mutually beneficial solutions on issues facing our tribes is truly inspiring and offers assurance that the best days for our tribes are still ahead of us.”
The Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians have a collective citizenship of more than 390,000. The three tribes are the only federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the United States.