Cherokee veterans can register on Cherokee Warriors Database

BY STAFF REPORTS
12/09/2020 03:00 PM
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The Cherokee Warriors Database, a centralized portal to identify thousands of Cherokee veterans across the globe, is now live for tribal citizens who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces to register. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Warriors Database, a centralized portal to identify thousands of Cherokee veterans across the globe, is live for tribal citizens who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces to register.

“We know that Cherokees serve in the United States military at greater per-capita rates than other ethnicities, and have fought in every major conflict and war since this country was founded, and it’s been a challenge over the years to identify and serve each Cherokee veteran,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “What better way to serve and support our veterans than to do this from our centralized Cherokee Warriors Database, connecting all departments in the Cherokee Nation.” 

The database can be found at https://gadugiportal.cherokee.org/.

Veterans can register with branch of military, years of service and upload their military service documents (DD214s). The data is verified by the tribe’s Office of Veteran Affairs and citizens are identified across all departments, such as Veterans Center, registration and eventually tag offices, housing, health services and others. 

“We will be a stronger and more responsible government when we can identify every single Cherokee Nation veteran and keep those records current and updated in our database,” Veteran Affairs Secretary S. Joe Crittenden said. “The Cherokee Warriors Database will enable us to better connect veterans to the critical services they need and rightly deserve.” 

Crittenden said the tribe will be able to better inform veterans of events and services and increase financial opportunities, including federal funding to support veterans. 

The CN has also launched the Gadugi Portal to empower every tribal citizen. This centralized database allows citizens to register and connect directly to services with singular action, rather than multiple connections and applications. 

Once citizens register and update their addresses, for example, that data is shared in the registration citizenship database, and in coming months, with all other departments in the CN. Previously, a CN citizen completed a paper form or faxed in a request for a change of address, and had to provide similar updates to various departments. 

The CN partnered with Salesforce to launch the Gadugi Portal.

“The Cherokee Nation believes in ‘gadugi,’ working together to better our tribe,” Chief of Staff Todd Enlow said. “The portal signifies our Cherokee spirit and the dedication of every Cherokee Nation employee working together for the betterment of our citizens, beginning with our veterans.”

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