The 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution: a Cornerstone for Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

By Candice Byrd
on November 22, 2017

1839. A year has passed since the forced removal of the A-ni-tsa-la-gi, or as the colonizers called them, the Cherokee people. A year since the long walk along “the trail where they cried,” where it is estimated 2,000 to 4,000 of our population perished in the harsh weather elements. Winter is gone and spring is reborn to take its place. A valley at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains where two rivers conjoin is chosen as the new capital of the ancient people and called Ta-li-quu, or “Two is Enough.” After much argument, discussion and negotiation, the ink dries on the 1839 Act of Union, binding together the governments of the newly arrived Eastern Cherokees and their kin, the Western Cherokees, also known as the “Old Settlers,” under the name of one body politic – Cherokee Nation.


Oddities of the Advocate

By Cady Shaw
on July 28, 2017

The Cherokee Advocate was the official newspaper of the Cherokee Nation from 1844 – 1906. The Advocate was used as an informational source for Cherokees spread across the jurisdiction, as well as for people outside who wanted to know about the happenings in the Cherokee Nation. In fact, in 1879 the Advocate printed a request asking its readers to share the newspaper with friends outside of the Cherokee Nation.


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.”