Culture-keepers in a digital age, OsiyoTV is recognized with two Emmy Awards

By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
on July 18, 2017


Not only is this how we say hello in Cherokee, it’s also how we’ve been saying hello to the world for the past two and a half years through our award-winning television and online program, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.” This past weekend, the show was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with two Heartland Emmys after being nominated for a whopping 10 awards overall. OsiyoTV, as we fondly refer to it, was recognized with its first Emmy last year after being nominated for five. The Heartland chapter of the Emmys recognizes outstanding television programming in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming, and heartfelt congratulations go out to the entire OsiyoTV team for their outstanding work and accomplishments.


Cabin in the Woods

By Krystan Moser
on June 30, 2017

One of the most notable figures in Cherokee history is Sequoyah, the creator of the Cherokee syllabary. Sequoyah, or George Guess, was born around 1770 in what is now the state of Tennessee. Sequoyah spent more than a decade studying the structure of the Cherokee language, and in 1821 he unveiled a written version of the language.


Cherokee Forty-Niners

By Gina Olaya
on May 5, 2017

Cherokee Nation’s official website,, translates the English word “gold” as, “adelvdalonige - ᎠᏕᎸᏓᎶᏂᎨ.”


History Without the Book

By Ricardo Marmolejo, CNMC Program Manager at Fort Bliss, TX
on April 7, 2017

Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting recently established a new technique for training environmental officers at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas. The new approach allows environmental officers to experience the day-to-day operations of each department managed by the Base Environmental Division.

The training sessions, which began last month, highlight Fort Bliss Main Post Historic District’s history through interactive, outdoor lessons.


Ancient mound-builder imagery in modern art

By Keli Gonzales
on March 7, 2017

Winged serpents, rattlesnakes, spiders and warriors are prominent in Cherokee iconography and often misinterpreted as Central American motifs. The history of these designs dates back to the mound-building societies of the Mississippian and protohistoric periods of North America. Many Cherokee artists (as well as other artists belonging to the tribes whose homelands were in the Southeast, such as the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole) use Mississippian Era designs in their work today. Various establishments throughout the Cherokee Nation display these types of images.