TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and other tribal leaders will visit Orlando, Florida, for a community gathering of enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens on Saturday, Feb. 1.
There are now over 2,500 registered Cherokee Nation citizens living in Florida, and over the last decade the Cherokee Nation has expanded its programs and services available for these at-large tribal citizens.
“It is important for the tribe to engage with Cherokee citizens living outside of our 14-county jurisdiction in Oklahoma, providing some of the same benefits enrolled tribal citizens have in Oklahoma such as cultural enrichment activities and photo ID citizenship cards,” Chief Hoskin said. “By organizing at-large community events like this, we are ensuring we do our part in keeping strong connections with our Cherokee at-large brothers and sisters.”
The community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Englewood Neighborhood Center, 6123 La Costa Dr., Orlando, and will include a potluck luncheon, informational booths on Cherokee Nation programs and services, cultural presentations and demonstrations, as well as remarks from Chief Hoskin and at-large Tribal Councilors Mary Baker Shaw and Julia Coates.
The Cherokee Nation Registration department will also be on hand to issue photo ID citizenship cards for tribal citizens who have already enrolled. A replacement card can be printed for a $5 fee.
Among the 380,000 enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens, more than 63 percent live outside the tribal boundaries. As part of the tribe’s effort to connect Cherokee at-large citizens with tribal programs and information, the Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach department coordinates at-large community events throughout the year with the 26 official Cherokee Nation satellite community organizations across the United States.