Smoothie Activity

 March 5

Stop by the Vinita Boys & Girls Club at 3:15 p.m. for a smoothie activity hosted by Cherokee Nation Public Health. Kids will have the opportunity to make their own smoothies and learn more about the benefits of physical activity while pedaling on bikes. For more information, contact Cherokee Nation Public Health Educator Mandy Russell at 918-506-7274 or miranda-russell@cherokee.org.

Open Interview Events

 March 5

Cherokee Nation Human Resources is hosting open interview events every Tuesday during the month of March from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The events will take place in the main Human Resources building located at 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah. Human Resources staff will be on hand to review current openings and assist with online applications. There also will be opportunities for on-the-spot interviews with hiring managers for several of the open positions. Many of the positions are in high need and likely will be filled quickly with qualified applicants. The open positions will include jobs in the health field, business field, law enforcement and more. Applicants are encouraged to dress for success and bring their résumé. To see the latest career opportunities, visit cherokeenationjobs.org.

Community Walking Group

 March 6

Cherokee Nation Public Health Educator Steven Hatcher is launching a community walking group for Cherokee Nation citizens living in or near Sallisaw. The group will meet every Wednesday at noon at the Redbird Smith Health Center to walk around the clinic’s track and every Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Old Sallisaw High School, 220 W. Creek St. The group is free to join, open to everyone, and is designed for each person to go at their own pace. For more information, contact Hatcher at 918-316-6980 or steven-hatcher@cherokee.org.

Cherokee Nation Commerce Innovation Hub

 March 6

Stop by the Cherokee Nation Commerce Innovation Hub every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for free small business workshops. This will be a weekly discussion of all things small business and entrepreneurship, and will include guest speakers, business development and more. The Cherokee Nation Commerce Innovation Hub is located on the second floor of the Cort Mall, 215 S. Muskogee Ave., in downtown Tahlequah. These workshops are free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Lillian Thrasher at 918-772-4178 or lillian-thrasher@cherokee.org. Learn more at https://bit.ly/CherokeeHub.

At-Large Meeting

 March 16

Cherokee Nation is hosting an at-large meeting for Cherokee citizens living in or near the Kansas City metro. Be sure to join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 600 N 7th St Trfy, in Kansas City, Kansas, for this exciting meeting with cultural presentations and demonstrations. Visit with Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and at-large councilor Johnny Kidwell. Lunch will be provided. Tribal Registration will be on site for photo IDs and citizenship applications. Registration will stop accepting applications for photo IDs 30 minutes before the end of the event. Education Services and Cherokee Vote will also be in attendance to assist citizens. For questions regarding the event, call 918-207-4963.

At-Large Meeting

 March 17

Cherokee Nation is hosting an at-large meeting for Cherokee citizens living in or near Wichita, Kansas. Be sure to join us from noon to 4 p.m. at Mid-America All Indian Museum, 650 N. Seneca, in Wichita, Kansas, for this exciting meeting with cultural presentations and demonstrations. Visit with Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and at-large councilor Johnny Kidwell. Lunch will be provided. Tribal Registration will be on site for photo IDs and citizenship applications. Registration will stop accepting applications for photo IDs 30 minutes before the end of the event. Education Services and Cherokee Vote will also be in attendance to assist citizens. Additional parking will be at Exploration Place, and shuttle vans will be provided. For questions regarding the event, call 918-207-4963.

At-Large Meeting

 March 19

Take the ultimate spring break trip this year — a trip back in time. March 19 to March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., travel back in history and have a blast while participating in a Cherokee History Scavenger Hunt. Travel to significant historical locations across Cherokee Nation, each spot posing questions to scavengers and hiding clues critical to completing the challenge. The hunt will conclude at the Cherokee National History Museum in Tahlequah with the participants who successfully complete the activity receiving a special prize. Download the scavenger hunt sheet to get started at https://visitcherokeenation.com.

Cultivating Cherokee Traditions

 March 20

Cherokee Nation Career Services will be hosting a “Cultivating Cherokee Traditions” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mid-America Expo Center in Pryor. This event is open to Tribal TANF households and Native families, and is limited to the first 200 families. Learn how to bead, make cornhusk dolls, play Cherokee marbles, and enjoy traditional storytelling. Lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Denise Honowa or Jon Crittenden at 918-453-5555.

Voter Registration Drive

 March 21

Cherokee Vote will be holding a voter registration drive at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is open to the public, and you do not have to be Cherokee to participate. Stop by to get registered for Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma elections. For more information, contact Maggie Glory at 918-370-0248. Those who register to vote will receive a free Cherokee Vote T-shirt while supplies last.

Bingo Night

 March 21

Join the Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs of a veterans bingo night beginning at 5 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah. Dinner will be provided. For more information, contact 918-772-4166.

Spring Break Make and Take Crafts

 March 21

Stop by any Cherokee Nation museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and learn various Cherokee cultural crafts to take home and enjoy. All ages are welcome. Each location will have a different craft. Cherokee National History Museum: round reed baskets; Cherokee National Prison Museum: coil pots; Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum: paper baskets; John Ross Museum: mini booger masks; Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum: paper weaving; Saline Courthouse Museum: corn husk flowers; Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center: clay medallions. Learn more at VisitCherokeeNation.com.

Run the Streets 5K and Fun Run

 March 23

Cherokee Nation Public Health will hold its first WINGS race of the year at Johnstone Park in Bartlesville. The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run will begin at 8:05 a.m. To learn more or to sign up, contact Julie Miller at julie-miller@cherokee.org. Visit cherokeepublichealth.org to find a full schedule of 2024 WINGS races.

Lunch & Learn

 March 26

The latest installment in a monthly series of Cherokee educational talks that are free and open to the public. This month’s topic on “Historical Role of Women in Cherokee Society” will be led by a panel featuring four Cherokee women. Hear from Dr. Candessa Tehee, District 2 Councilor for the Council of the Cherokee Nation; Elizabeth Toombs, tribal historic preservation officer for Cherokee Nation; Krystan Moser, senior manager of collections and exhibits for Visit Cherokee Nation; and Catherine Foreman Gray, cultural programs and event projects manager for Visit Cherokee Nation. This free event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center, 100 N. Water Ave. A light lunch will be provided, or you can bring your own sack lunch if preferred. Go to VisitCherokeeNation.com to learn more.

Parent Support Meeting

 March 26

The Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center in Tahlequah is holding a parent support meeting from 10 am. to noon. The group meets every last Tuesday of the month and aims to connect other parents and to learn about ways to support children with disabilities. This group is free and open to everyone. To learn more, call 918-647-1255.

March Social Group

 March 26

The Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center in Tahlequah is holding its March social group from 4 to 6 p.m. for young adults ages 14 and older who need help improving social, job and self-advocacy skills. This group is free and open to everyone. To learn more, call 918-647-1255.

Cultural Class

 March 28

Gather wild onions with Feather Smith, Cherokee Nation’s Ethnobiology Manager, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saline Courthouse Museum in Rose. Gathering wild onions is a local Cherokee tradition. From family gatherings to community dinners, wild onions continue to be a favorite and popular part of Cherokee meals in the spring. In this class, learn how to identify the plant, use sustainable gathering practices, and the uses of wild onions. This course is $25 per person. To register for this class, go to shop.visitcherokeenation.com.

Closed for Good Friday

 March 29

Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, health centers and satellite offices will be closed to observe Good Friday. Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital urgent care and emergency department and other emergency services will remain open.

Ongoing Events

Weynema Smith: To Live a Cherokee Life

 January 9–May 11, 2024

The “To Live a Cherokee Life” exhibit, which honors and explores the life of Cherokee National Treasure Weynema Smith, is on display at the Saline Courthouse Museum in Rose, Okla. Named a Cherokee National Treasure for Lifeways and Language Preservation in 2022, Weynema has spent a lifetime teaching the Cherokee language and sharing her profound knowledge of Cherokee culture. This new exhibit celebrates her life and mission through the lens of the Cherokee language. “Weynema Smith: To Live a Cherokee Life” includes stories, family photos and various traditional artisan works — including basketry, beadwork and a tear dress — to illustrate her story with special emphasis on the Cherokee language. See the exhibit on display now through May 11. Admission to the museum is free and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Saline Courthouse Museum is located at 55870 S. 490 Road in Rose. For more information, email info@visitcherokee.com, call 877-779-6977 or go to VisitCherokeeNation.com.

Bill Rabbit: Variations on a Rainbow

 November 17, 2023–May 12, 2024

Named a Cherokee National Treasure for Painting in 2011, the late Bill Rabbit was renowned for his works depicting Cherokee history and culture. This exhibit looks at such works while exploring art from throughout his career, including Southwest-inspired jewelry, pottery, sculpture, and stone carving. It also examines Rabbit’s experimentation with paint, technique, and color throughout his life. The exhibit includes some 40 works loaned by his daughter — artist and Cherokee National Treasure Traci Rabbit — from her personal collection.

Read more at Visit Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Delegate: An Unalterable Promise

 September 2, 2023–June 1, 2024

Know the history behind Cherokee Nation’s pivotal call to Congress to seat its Delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. The exhibit “Cherokee Delegate: An Unalterable Promise” looks at a story hundreds of years in the making. Visitors will learn about the treaties between the Cherokee Nation and the United States of America – including the 1835 Treaty of New Echota – at the foundation of this right. The exhibit also discusses how this role is unlike past Cherokee diplomatic representatives, and it looks at the appointment of Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress Kim Teehee.

Read more at Visit Cherokee Nation.