TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation’s Registration Office is closing its in-person assistance as of Monday, August 9, through the month of August and will reopen on September 1.
Staff will continue to work on pending applications during this time.
Closure of the in-person services during this window is due to rising COVID-19 cases. The temporary suspension of in-person services will also allow staff time to sanitize and address the backlog of citizen applications.
A secure vault will be placed in the lobby of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex for those who wish to drop off citizenship applications. Citizens may mail in applications via postal service or the secure drop off; however, all in-person citizenship applications and photo ID cards will remain suspended until September 1, 2021.
Registration employees will continue working diligently on all pending applications and submissions by individuals seeking citizenship or updates to existing citizen records.
“We are now processing applications for citizens who applied in June or after, and once those are processed over the coming weeks, we believe we will be well over 400,000 Cherokee Nation citizens,” said Registrar Frankie Hargis. “We want citizens to know that we are working every day to process all of the pending applications as soon as possible. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while we get the backlog brought to current, and our temporary location thoroughly cleaned.”
To meet the higher demand in citizenship applications, Registration has added twelve additional staff to the existing 45 employees. Additionally, the staff has expanded work shifts to 7:00 p.m. during the weekdays and Saturdays.
The tribe’s current enrollment is more than 396,000 citizens.