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For hundreds of years, Cherokee people have created an enduring legacy shaped by the fortitude of their ancestors. Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians maintain a rich connection to indigenous history in North America and are the only federally recognized tribes of Cherokees in the United States.

  

TRADITION

Tradition

Oral tradition holds that Cherokee people once lived on an island that erupted in fire, and they fled to what is now North America.
SHARED LEGACY

Shared Legacy

Today, there are only three federally recognized branches of Cherokee people: Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Each tribe, while wholly unique, shares a past, language, culture and traditions.
RELIABLE

Unity

Over thousands of years, Cherokee people have existed as a distinct people, unified in their tribal family. Through times of peace and times of war, Cherokee people have held to their identity.
PRESERVING CULTURE

Preserving Culture

From the resurrection of the spoken language in schools to recreating ancient rituals to holding annual tri-council meetings, the only three federally recognized Cherokee tribes are committed to preserving and promoting their history and culture to ensure they survive for future generations.