Cherokee Nation seeking nominations for National Treasure distinction

Cherokee Nation Treasures, the late Lorene Drywater (traditional clothing), and Bill Glass Jr. (pottery) share a laugh at a book signing for a national treasures book in 2017. 

TAHLEQUAH – In preparation for the 70th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the Cherokee Nation is seeking nominations for its esteemed Cherokee National Treasure distinction. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, June 10. 

The honor of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon Cherokee Nation citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture and actively work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation. The award was established in 1988 by the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee National Historical Society.

Nominations are accepted in nearly 30 categories, ranging from traditional foods and bow making to beadwork, basketry and graphic arts. For questions or to schedule a drop-off, call 918-384-7730 or email

Selected honorees will be honored during the 70th Annual Cherokee National Holiday held during Labor Day weekend.