New Cherokee Nation book to be discussed at Oct. 16 COCA meeting

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/10/2018 04:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Central Oklahoma Cherokee Alliance is hosting a meeting from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Oklahoma History Center at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in OKC.

There is no potluck for this meeting, so participants are being asked to brown bag their dinner. The Oklahoma History Center will provide tea and water.

The speaker for the meeting will be Dr. Bob Blackburn, a native Oklahoman who has served as executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of “The Chronicles of Oklahoma” and became deputy director for agency operations in 1990. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Oklahoma State University.

Blackburn will be discussing the book “Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination, and Identity,” which spans more than four centuries with an emphasis on the individual leadership, the struggle for internal unity and the fight against the forces that attempted to destroy the sovereignty of Cherokee Nation and its citizens.

“This is the first book of its kind to have the full support of the Cherokee Nation,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Our Cherokee values have enabled us to withstand every dark chapter and celebrate every positive milestone throughout time, and we are stronger today than ever before. That history is an important part of who we are as Cherokee people, and this book provides an unprecedented opportunity to share our story.”

The tribe published the book this summer. Dr. Blackburn, Dr. Neil Morton and the late Dr. Duane King coauthored the book. Morton is a longtime Adair county educator who has served in many roles, such as teacher, superintendent, university professor and more. King was an ambassador for Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum and most recently served as the executive director of its Helmrich Center of American Research.

Visit any Cherokee Nation Gift Shop or CherokeeGiftShop.com to purchase a copy of the book, which is $39.95. It also is available from Oklahoma History Center Museum Store, Amazon, from the Oklahoma Historical Society, Gilcrease Museum, Magic City Book Store in Oklahoma City and the Full Circle Bookstore in Tulsa.

During the Oct. 16 COCA meeting, Blackburn will also give everyone an update on the Will Rogers Memorial Museums in Claremore and Oologah, the Hunters Home (Murrell Home) in Park Hill, Cabin Creek Battlefield in Craig County, Honey Springs Battlefield in McIntosh County, Fort Gibson in Muskogee County and Fort Washita in Bryan County and Sequoyah’s Cabin in Sequoyah County.

The Oklahoma History Center at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive is across the street from the Governor’s Mansion, at the NE corner of NE 23rd and Lincoln Boulevard. Free parking is available on the east side of the center.

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