Cherokee Nation participating in Tulsa’s 2nd Annual Native American Day celebration

September 28, 2018

Special event hosted Oct. 8 at Guthrie Green

TULSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation is joining the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission and the city of Tulsa for their second annual Native American Day celebration.

The special event takes place on Monday, Oct. 8, at Guthrie Green, with the first official welcome and reading of the proclamation scheduled for 11 a.m.

A parade will follow at 11:30 a.m. and lead into the official program at 1 p.m., featuring the posting of colors, live music, a prayer and a welcome from tribal leaders.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to participate in this annual event, celebrating and honoring the amazing native cultures that are thriving throughout this community,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “By formalizing this recognition through today’s proclamation and observance, Tulsa furthers its steadfast commitment to diversity and continues to serve as an example for communities around the world.”

Throughout the day there will be a variety of cultural events, live music, dance performances, film screenings, food trucks, vendors and more. The events are open to the public and free to attend.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Cherokee Nation’s Emmy-winning show, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” at 5 p.m. with executive producer and host Jennifer Loren. Loren will share clips from the show’s new weekly format, featuring documentary-style profiles on the people, places, heritage, history and culture of the Cherokee people.

The Cherokee National Youth Choir will follow Loren’s presentation with a special performance beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tulsa’s Native American Day will conclude with a special screening of the award-winning short film “Nanyehi” at 7 p.m. The film shares the story of Nancy Ward, legendary Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, and her role in the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century. “Nanyehi” features a local cast from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being Cherokee Nation citizens. Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with producers and cast, including Becky Hobbs, Winnie Guess Perdue, Travis Fite and David Barnoski.

For more information about Tulsa’s Native American Day and a full list of the day’s events, please visit