Cherokee Nation calendar of events for August

July 26, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – Cherokee Nation hosts several events in August, including the Cherokee Ambassador Leadership competitions and 66th Annual Cherokee National Holiday events. See all Cherokee Nation calendar items below.

Aug. 3

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts “The Saltworks of Sequoyah” exhibit at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum, located at 470288 Highway 101 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The exhibit highlights the saltworks operation that Sequoyah ran on Lee's Creek and how he ended up running his own salt operation due to the high demand. The exhibit runs through Jan. 21, 2019. For more information, call 877- 779-6977.

Aug. 4

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – The Cherokee Heritage Center offers free admission to citizens of any of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes plus one guest as part of Cherokee Saturday. The center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts a finger-weaving class at the chapel, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. The cost is $40 per person, and all tools and supplies are provided. Lunch is not provided, and children ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

11 a.m. to noon – The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts a one-hour genealogy class at the center, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill. The class is $10 per adult and $5 per student in grades K-12. Advanced registration is required. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation presents the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, which is held at the New Life Worship Center, located at 16818 US-62 in Tahlequah. For more information, call Kristen Thomas at 918-453-5254.

Aug. 6

First day of class for freshmen students attending Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah. Students 10-12 grades start the school year on Aug. 7. For more information, call 918-453-5400.

Aug. 10

6 to 8 p.m. – The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts an opening reception and awards ceremony for the 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale at the center in Tahlequah. The ceremony is open to the public and offers the first opportunity to meet featured artists and shop the art sale. For more information, call 918-456-6007.

Aug. 11

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach hosts “Who’s Your Crew and What Do You Do” as part of their Saturday Seminar series at the Tsa La Gi Community Room, located at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. This full day of training will focus on nonprofit and community organizations. There is no cost to attend, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, call Bradley Wagnon at 918-718-5522.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the 13th Annual Traditional Native Games at the No We Ta Community Center, located across the road from the Cooweescoowee Health Center in Nowata. The public is invited to watch or compete in traditional games, including cornstalk shoots, horseshoes and more. The top three qualifiers will be invited to compete in the Cherokee National Holiday Traditional Games Championship competition in Tahlequah on Aug 25. To pre-register to play in traditional games, call Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427.

1 to 8 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the Cherokee National Holiday Art Show and Sale at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center, located at 100 N. Water St. For more information, call 918-453-5000.

Aug. 11- Sept. 22

The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts the 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at the center, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill. This exclusive show features an extensive art exhibition and sale of contemporary and traditional Cherokee art. For more information, call 888-999-6007.

Aug. 13

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Tribal Council meeting at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. For the agenda, visit http://legislative.cherokee.org.

Aug. 14

First day of class for Cherokee Immersion School students in Tahlequah. For more information, please call 918-207-7597.

Aug. 16

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma Blood Institute host a blood drive in the Tsa La Gi Community Room at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000, ext. 5841.

Aug. 18

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation presents the Jr. Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, which is held at the Tahlequah Municipal Armory Building, located at 100 N. Water Ave. A reception for the former Jr. Miss Cherokees will be held prior to the event, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Reba Bruner at 918-453-5397.

Aug. 24

5 p.m. – Entry forms for the 66th Cherokee National Holiday parade must be submitted. Forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submitted in person at the Career Services office inside the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

Aug. 24-26

Cherokee Nation hosts the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday co-ed softball tournament, men’s fast-pitch softball tournament and women’s fast-pitch softball tournament at the Cherokee Nation Softball Fields, located on Cherokee street in Park Hill. Entry fee is $150 for co-ed tournament, $175 for men’s fast-pitch and $125 for women’s fast-pitch. Start times for each game will depend on the drawing of team brackets. For more information, call Crystal Bogle at 918-316-1940.

Aug. 25

10 a.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the 66th Cherokee National Holiday stickball tournament at Sequoyah High School’s football field in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000 ext. 5776.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the final championship for the 13th Annual Traditional Native Games at One Fire Field, located west of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. The blowgun competition will begin at 12:30 p.m., the chunkey competition will begin at 5:30 p.m., and all other games will begin at 9 a.m. To pre-register to play in traditional games, call Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427.

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation presents the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, which will be held at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, located at 718 Pendleton St. in Tahlequah. A reception for the former Miss Cherokees will be held prior to the competition at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Lisa Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991.

Aug. 30

9 a.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday Golf Tournament 2 person scramble for ages 50 and over, located at Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-456-5100.

Aug. 31

9 a.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday Golf Tournament 2 person scramble for all ages, located at Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-456-5100.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday Quilt Show at the old Sequoyah High School gym in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Gift Shop hosts the Holiday Art Show in conjunction with the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday, located in the lobby next to the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah. For more information, call 877-779-6977.

5 p.m. – The Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center hosts the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday three-on-three basketball competition at the center, located at 1501 Graham Ave. in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5496.

5:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday stickball social game at the Male Seminary Recreation Center, located at 1501 Graham Ave. in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5496.

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts a gospel singing in conjunction with the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday at New Life Worship Center, located at 16818 US-62 in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000.

Aug. 31- Sept.2

Cherokee Nation celebrates the 66th Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah. The celebration includes the powwow Friday and Saturday nights, the parade and State of the Nation address by Principal Chief Bill John Baker on Saturday morning, and a fireworks show on Sunday night. For more information or a Cherokee National Holiday schedule, visit www.cherokee.org and click the Cherokee National Holiday link.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation offers free museum admission to the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum and John Ross Museum in conjunction with the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday. For more information, call 877-779-6977.

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