Cherokee Nation officials to visit Florida this weekend

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/27/2020 11:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Feb. 1 will visit Orlando, Florida, along with other tribal leaders for a community gathering of enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and other tribal leaders on Feb. 1 will visit Orlando, Florida, for a community gathering of enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens.  

There are now over 2,500 registered CN citizens living in Florida, and over the past decade the CN has expanded its programs and services available for these at-large tribal citizens. 

“It is important for the tribe to engage with Cherokee citizens living outside of our 14-county jurisdiction in Oklahoma, providing some of the same benefits enrolled tribal citizens have in Oklahoma such as cultural enrichment activities and photo ID citizenship cards,” Hoskin said. “By organizing at-large community events like this, we are ensuring we do our part in keeping strong connections with our Cherokee at-large brothers and sisters.”   

The community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Englewood Neighborhood Center, 6123 La Costa Drive, and will include a potluck luncheon, informational booths on CN programs and services, cultural presentations and demonstrations, as well as remarks from Hoskin and At-Large Tribal Councilors Mary Baker Shaw and Julia Coates. 

The Registration department will also be on hand to issue photo ID citizenship cards for tribal citizens who have already enrolled. A replacement card can be printed for a $5 fee. 

Among the 380,000 enrolled CN citizens, more than 63 percent live outside the tribal boundaries. As part of the tribe’s effort to connect Cherokee at-large citizens with tribal programs and information, the CN Community & Cultural Outreach department coordinates at-large community events throughout the year with the 26 official CN satellite community organizations across the United States. 

To learn more about programs and services available to at-large citizens, visit http://cherokeesatlarge.org. For more information on the Orlanda-area event, follow CN Community & Cultural Outreach on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNCCO or call 918-207-4963. For information on the photo ID citizenship cards, call Registration at 918-458-6980 or email registration@cherokee.org

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