Cherokee Nation reservation can now be seen on Google Maps

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/23/2020 08:30 AM
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The Cherokee Nation’s reservation boundaries are now mapped on Google Maps. Those boundaries include 7,000 miles in northeastern Oklahoma. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s reservation boundaries are now mapped on Google Maps. Those boundaries include 7,000 miles in northeastern Oklahoma.

“Google Maps aims to provide the freshest, most accurate map possible. In response to July’s Supreme Court decision, we worked to evaluate authoritative data and then used this information to add labels and borders for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole reservations to Google Maps. These reservations are now viewable and searchable on Google Maps,” said Raleigh Seamster, program manager for Google Maps.

CN citizen Joseph Erb provided feedback about the reservation-mapping project.

“It is an exciting step forward to be included on the map,” Erb said. “This is a visual reminder that our nation is still here and a contemporary Indigenous nation of a continent.”

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said after the “monumental U.S. Supreme Court ruling” in McGirt v Oklahoma in July, the CN has received many questions about the CN’s reservation boundaries, which always existed on paper maps.

“Now that our reservation is labeled on Google Maps, it’s easy for people around the world to search and see our reservation boundaries,” Hoskin said.

The link to the CN reservation on Google Maps can be found at:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cherokee+Nation,+OK/@36.1287486,-95.7782702,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!1m2!2m1!1scherokee+nation!3m4!1s0x87b6181826174f2f:0x863b246cf8ea9d57!8m2!3d36.3361469!4d-94.8930359?hl=en.

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