TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is taking steps to keep its community safe. The Cherokee word for respect is ᎤᏬᎯᏳᎯ, and the Cherokee Nation is upholding these values in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. In this effort, many Cherokee Nation-related events have been postponed both locally and at-large.

The Cherokee Nation will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and update the public of postponed or canceled activities as needed on www.Anadisgoi.com and on the Cherokee Nation Facebook page.

At this time, the following events are being postponed throughout the month of April:

April 3-5 – Cherokee Days at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

April 4 - Pottery Class at Cherokee Heritage Center

April 4 – WINGS Race (Grand Dam 5k and 10k)

April 5 – Cherokee Nation at-large community meeting in Washington, D.C.

April 6 - Community Cherokee Language class at Stilwell Public Library (all classes are cancelled until further notice)

April 9 – Cherokee Speakers Bureau meeting

April 11 - Cherokee National History Museum Artist Showcase with Betty Frogg

April 11 – WINGS Race (Happy Hills 5k)

April 18 – Traditional Native Games at Westville City Park

April 18 - Cherokee National History Museum Cherokee Pottery Mini Art Market

April 18 – WINGS Race (Lake Vian Trail Run)

April 24 – Cherokee Nation Environmental Festival at Northeastern State University

April 24-26 - Cherokee Power Weekend at Cherokee Heritage Center

April 25 - Cherokee Facts & Snacks at Cherokee Heritage Center

April 25 – WINGS Race (CC Camp 5k and Fun Run)

April – Sequoyah High School athletics

April – Cherokee Nation Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services are postponed until further notice. The U.S. Government and the State of Oklahoma have announced the income tax filing deadline has moved to July 15, 2020. You no longer have to file for an extension by April 15. If you expect a tax refund you can still file your taxes any time before July 15. Families with income under $69,000 can file their own federal taxes online for free at http://apps.irs.gov/app/freefile/. This IRS site can be used to file both your federal and state returns. To file an Oklahoma tax return, visit https://oktap.tax.ok.gov/individuals/income_tax/e-file_options/free_file to determine if you qualify to file your Oklahoma taxes online for free. Cherokee Nation Commerce Services can assist you with questions regarding online free filing by phone at 918-453-5536

In addition, the following Cherokee Nation departments are temporarily closed until further notice:

- Male Seminary Recreation Center (Markoma Gym)

- Sequoyah High School, Cherokee Immersion Charter School and Cherokee Nation Head Start

- Cherokee Nation’s Kawi Café

- Cherokee Nation Registration department located at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. Application forms can be found at www.cherokee.org/all-services/tribal-registration and returned by mail.