Cherokee Nation’s hosts tribe’s holiday kickoff

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee National Holiday celebrates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution on September 6, 1839 when they rebuilt the Nation after being forced to leave Georgia on the Trail of Tears.

Some of the early events include the Cherokee National Holiday Art Show. It’s an inter-tribal art contest that includes entries from the youth.

The most popular events today were the Elder’s Fun, where seniors gathered to play Bingo and enjoy lunch and the Veteran’s Lunch at Sequoia High School. Deputy Chief Bryan Warner gave remarks and thanked the veterans for their service.

The main events begin at 4:00 p.m. with arts, crafts, entertainment, the Fun Zone for kids and the Inter-Tribal Powwow and the Softball Slow Pitch Tournament.

It’s the 70th annual Cherokee National Holiday but the first time they have held it in two years because of the pandemic.