Cherokee Nation revamps its website

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
08/07/2019 09:00 AM
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The Cherokee Nation updated its website on July 1 for the first time in more than eight years. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – On July 1, the Cherokee Nation launched a revamped website with updated content, departmental contacts and “cleaner navigation so that our tribal citizens can find the services they need more quickly,” according to the principal chief.

“A more sophisticated website has been our vision for some time now,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker stated in a release following the launch, “along with the goal of making it easier for visitors to find the information that is important to them.”

The site, cherokee.org, has a new look to accompany the content changes.

“Outdated information has been removed,” Baker said. “Program content has been reviewed, augmented and, in many cases, completely rewritten. With continued input from each department, the site’s new management system will give Cherokee Nation the ability to keep the site’s information fresh and relevant.”

At the top of the main page is a section called “Find Your Way” with links for language, citizenship, vehicle tags and health care. There are drop-down menus for tribal services, basics about the CN government, employment opportunities and links for visitors.

Toward the bottom of the page is a section called “What’s Happening” that will change regularly, according to the CN.

There are also now direct links to the CN’s television show, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People;” radio show, “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds;” and the Anadisgoi newsroom.

“The new cherokee.org has also been optimized for viewing across your mobile devices, since we know many of our citizens now use smart phones and tablets to access the web,” Baker stated. “By transitioning our website to a more responsive, mobile-friendly platform, we expect it to grow as an online community, as tribal citizens and others come to rely on it for receiving information.”

Department photos, additional historical and cultural information, a map of the CN juridiction and other key items will be added soon, Baker said.

“As always, there’s going to be room for improvement,” he noted. “We know that, and we appreciate all feedback from tribal citizens.”
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