TAHLEQUAH – In preparation for the 69th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the tribe is seeking nominations for its esteemed Cherokee National Treasure distinction. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. CST on June 11.

The honor of Cherokee National Treasure is bestowed upon CN citizens who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. The award was established in 1988 by the CN and Cherokee National Historical Society.

The distinguished Cherokee National Treasures work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation. 

Nominations are accepted in nearly 30 categories, ranging from traditional foods and bow making to beadwork, basketry and graphic arts. A full list of categories and the nomination form can be found at www.Anadisgoi.com. For questions or to schedule a drop-off, call 918-384-7730 or email cherokeenationaltreasures@cn-bus.com.

Selected honorees will be recognized during the 69th annual Cherokee National Holiday during Labor Day weekend. The holiday commemorates the signing of the CN Constitution in 1839, which re-established the tribe’s government in Indian Territory after forced removal from the Cherokees’ original homelands in the Southeast.