The Cherokee Nation Film Office has announced Echota Killsnight as its first television apprentice. In fulfilling the new position, Killsnight learned firsthand from award-winning director John Hillcoat while working on the set of the biopic television series "George and Tammy.”
The Durbin Feeling Language Center will house all of Cherokee Nation’s growing language programs under one roof, including the Tahlequah Cherokee Immersion Charter School, the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program for adult learners, the tribe’s team of translators, and more.
Cherokee speakers from across the United States gathered with Cherokee Nation leaders Tuesday for a day-long celebration and grand opening of the tribe’s new, historic $20 million Durbin Feeling Language Center in the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. More than 2,000 attended the grand-opening ceremonies.
Jennifer Loren, Emmy-award winning filmmaker and director of the Cherokee Nation Film and Original Content, recently presented as an industry leader at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto.
The Cherokee Nation is now accepting enrollment applications for its early childhood program at the tribe’s second Cherokee language immersion school location in Greasy. Classes are expected to begin in the coming weeks.
The 17th annual Cherokee Art Market kicked off Friday evening with an awards reception recognizing Cherokee Nation citizen Troy Jackson with the Best of Show Award for “Ancestral Duplication: Battle for our Language.”
Cherokee Nation has announced Tava Maloy Sofsky as the tribe’s new film commissioner. In the new position, Sofsky will serve dual roles as both film commissioner for the Cherokee Nation and as the tribe’s film office director.
Tourism is important for Cherokee Nation and all of northeast Oklahoma. Our tribe’s numerous museums and cultural sites simultaneously showcase and preserve our rich heritage while creating jobs and economic opportunities for many citizens. The latest addition to Cherokee Nation’s cultural tourism footprint is the Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural and Welcome Center, which we recently dedicated in Vinita.
Although she still considers herself a student, Thelma Forrest has spent more than four decades making Cherokee traditional baskets. A new exhibit at the Saline Courthouse Museum is sharing her journey from first beginnings to National Treasure.
Cherokee Nation is hosting a grand opening celebration for its newest tourism destination, the Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center, located in Vinita just off iconic Route 66. The facility represents an investment of $5 million into the Vinita community.
One of the largest Native American art shows in the state is returning to Hard Rock Tulsa Oct 8-9, featuring more than 150 elite Native American artists from across the country. More than 40 tribes will be represented at the 17th annual Cherokee Art Market, with artwork ranging from beadwork, pottery, paintings, basketry, sculptures, textiles and more.
Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more during the fifth annual Cherokee Day at Eastern Trails Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1. The family-friendly event begins at 10 a.m. with opening remarks by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Speaker of the Council Victoria Vazquez.
Cherokee Nation announced today its Tahlequah gift shop is temporarily closing as work begins to relocate operations to a new home in Cherokee Springs Plaza, adjacent to the Cherokee National Research Center. The new location provides additional storefront and warehouse space to accommodate the business’ continued growth.
On the 70th annual Cherokee National Holiday, Cherokee Nation stood firm in its commitment to reconciliation for Cherokee Freedmen and their descendants. A special reception was held immediately following the tribe’s State of the Nation address to commemorate the new exhibit at the Cherokee National History Museum.
Cherokee Nation announced three tribal citizens are receiving the distinction of being named Cherokee National Treasures for their work in preserving and promoting Cherokee art and culture. They were honored Thursday evening as part of the annual Cherokee National Holiday Awards Banquet.
Cherokee history is full of rich moments and great triumphs. Throughout history, the Cherokee people have acted collectively to overcome tragedy, work through trauma, and build a great nation. Telling that story is important. But a great nation is strong enough to tell the whole story, including those times when we inflicted trauma on others.
Cherokee Nation officials gathered today to celebrate the Cherokee Cultural Pathway in downtown Tahlequah. The first featured artist installation is Cherokee National Treasure Traci Rabbit. Her ‘Resilience: Standing in Our Power’ series features 15 large-scale pieces throughout the pathway.
The Cherokee Nation Film Office is seeking tribal elders and fluent Cherokee language speakers to help share and preserve their stories. CNFO is also inviting citizens of any federally recognized tribe to join its all-inclusive Native talent and crew directories, while “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” introduces OsiyoTV Spotlights.
Lauryn Fields, 20, of Sallisaw, was crowned Miss Cherokee 2022-2023 during the annual leadership competition held in Tahlequah Saturday. The tribe also crowned a new Junior Miss Cherokee and Little Cherokee Ambassadors, all of whom will serve in their roles for the next year.
Cherokee Nation is hosting a grand opening celebration for its newest tourism destination, the Cherokee Nation Anna Mitchell Cultural & Welcome Center, located in Vinita just off iconic Route 66. The facility represents an investment of $5 million into the Vinita community.
Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, which retraces the northern route of the Trail of Tears over a span of three weeks. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 9.
Examine the history of Black slavery in Cherokee Nation through a new exhibit “We Are Cherokee: Cherokee Freedmen and the Right to Citizenship.” The exhibit is presented as part of the Cherokee Freedmen Art and History Project initiative, established by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., which seeks materials and stories to broaden Cherokee Nation’s understanding of the Cherokee Freedmen experience.
Cherokee artists, collectors and community members gathered Friday evening at Cherokee Springs Plaza to preview the 27th annual Homecoming Art Show and Sale. The show is on display through Sept. 10 in a dedicated gallery located next to the Cherokee National Research Center.
Cherokee Nation officials and local community members gathered Friday to celebrate the historic Saline Courthouse and its evolution to becoming one of the tribe’s premier cultural destinations. The Saline Courthouse Museum opened to the public on Aug. 13, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a grand opening ceremony was postponed until now.
As Cherokees, we are in a race to save our language. Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I know that whatever we can do to save the Cherokee language will be our greatest legacy. Today only about 2,000 first-language speakers remain alive, and most of these men and women are over the age of 70. We must learn from their wisdom and knowledge for as long as we can, and they deserve to live in comfort and dignity while they teach us.
Cherokee Nation is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Saline Courthouse Museum’s grand opening. The special event will take place Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon and features a ribbon-cutting ceremony, artist demonstrations and more.
Cherokee Nation and its film office celebrated the opening of the Cherokee Film Studios, Owasso Campus, with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The tribe’s state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in Oklahoma and Indian Country.
The Cherokee Nation and its film office are celebrating the world premiere of “Land of Gold,” the 2021 winner of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, and the first production of its kind to be filmed at the tribe’s studios and state-of-the-art virtual soundstage located in Owasso.
deadCenter Film will present Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content, with the 2022 Oklahoma Film ICON Award during the state’s largest film festival later this month.
The five 2022 Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal Bike Ride participants left for Cherokee, North Carolina Wednesday morning following a send-off ceremony at the Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation Film Office recently partnered with Green Pastures Studio and SeriesFest to present the Season 8 Storytellers Initiative, specifically aimed at increasing Native representation within the television industry.
The 70th Annual Cherokee National Holiday will feature a return to in-person activities when the celebration is held over Labor Day weekend in September, including a new fishing tournament, cornhole competitions, the return of traditional games, an inter-tribal powwow, softball tournaments and other long-time favorites.
Cherokee Nation’s Anadisgoi Magazine and the tribe’s ongoing efforts to perpetuate the Cherokee language through traditional and emerging media both received the highest honors awarded as part of this year’s Hermes Creative Awards international competition.
On April 15, 1872, Cherokee Nation citizen Ezekiel Proctor was on trial in a Cherokee Nation court for the murder of Cherokee Nation citizen Mary “Polly” Hildebrand when a U.S. Marshal’s posse sent to arrest Proctor interrupted the trial.
The collaboration, which includes support from major industry allies and the Motion Picture Association, aims to expand diversity and inclusion throughout the entertainment industry, both in front and behind the cameras.
The longest-running Native American art show and competition in Oklahoma announced its top honors during a virtual reception on April 1, alongside winning work from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition.
During this milestone anniversary year, we are celebrating Sequoyah Schools’ many accomplishments for past and present generations of students. We are also looking ahead with an historic investment in the school.
For a few days this month, Cherokee Nation was the global center of the movement to save Indigenous languages. Language leaders from all over the world gathered in Tahlequah to kick off the United Nations’ International Decade of Indigenous Languages.
The newest season of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” debuts this month, showcasing the endangered language, rich traditions and compelling modern advancements of the Cherokee people told through a documentary lens.
On a truly historic afternoon in early December, we hosted First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on the Cherokee Nation Reservation to review our unique language development programs.
Tribal officials celebrated the grand opening of the Cherokee National Research Center in Tahlequah, a temporary home to the Nation’s foremost collection of historic Cherokee-related documents and cultural artifacts from the 1700s through present day.
The Cherokee Nation is expanding the Konrad Holmes Memorial Trail that will stretch a mile and a half around the W. W. Keeler Tribal Complex to offer Cherokee citizens and public a place to walk, jog or run as part of the tribe’s recent public health and wellness initiatives.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Chief of the Shawnee Tribe Benjamin Barnes signed a Memorandum of Agreement Friday designating the cultural preserve near the town of White Oak in Craig County.
Cherokee Nation needs 10 certified teachers, including one who has a special education certification. Applicants are not currently required to speak Cherokee but will be trained as part of the program.
November is when the United States celebrates Native American Heritage Month. At Cherokee Nation, we will certainly spend this month celebrating our heritage and culture with the rest of the country. We are also putting our thoughts into historic action.
In honor of Sequoyah and this year’s bicentennial celebration of the Cherokee syllabary, Cherokee Nation has become the first Native American tribe to use motion and facial capture technology to help preserve and promote an indigenous language.
The Cherokee Nation celebrated tribal citizens and organizations for their statesmanship, patriotism, community leadership and devotion to the tribe during a virtual Cherokee National Holiday Awards Ceremony held Thursday, Sept. 2.
Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for the 2022 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, which retraces the northern route of the Trail of Tears over a span of three weeks. Applications will be accepted until August 18, 2021.
The historical Cherokee musical “Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward” is hosting a casting call to support the musical’s Oct. 29 and 30 productions at Hard Rock Live, located inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians joined as sister tribes at the historic Kituwah Mound near Cherokee, North Carolina, recently to sign an agreement to protect and preserve the Cherokee language, history and culture.
Cherokee Nation, one of the largest tribal nations in the United States, is breaking barriers and disproving stereotypes by changing how Native Americans are represented and redefining how their stories are told.
The cyclists began in New Echota, Georgia, on May 31 to begin the memorial ride and pedaled through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma before they were welcomed back at the Cherokee Nation Peace Pavilion in downtown Tahlequah on Friday.
The annual Tri-Council gathering of Cherokee leaders from the Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians is an opportunity to celebrate our shared values and culture, as well as our diverse histories.
Cherokee Nation Film Office and deadCenter Film, the state’s largest film festival, have partnered to recognize Indigenous filmmakers with the festival’s inaugural award for Best Indigenous Short Film.
The Cherokee Nation broke ground Wednesday at the site of the future Durbin Feeling Language Center, an historic project that will house all of the tribe’s language programs under one roof for the first time.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced today that the 69th Annual Cherokee National Holiday will be a hybrid celebration featuring both virtual and limited, smaller-scale in-person events.
Four cyclists and two mentor riders from the Cherokee Nation will participate in the 2021 Remember the Removal Bike Ride this June, retracing an estimated 950 miles along the northern route of the Trail of Tears by bicycle.
The Cherokee Nation Film Office has partnered with the Native American Media Alliance to launch the inaugural Native American Writers Seminar, an initiative that aims to help Native Americans break into the entertainment industry by providing support for new and developing writers.
A destination for locals and tourists alike, downtown Tahlequah is home to several Cherokee Nation cultural and historic sites near the iconic Capitol Square. This week, the tribe announced a new project that will connect those sites and nearby resources.
Cherokee Nation Businesses is beginning work on a temporary new home for the Nation’s foremost collection of historic Cherokee-related documents and cultural artifacts from the 1700s through present day.
deadCenter Film, the state’s largest film festival, announced today a partnership with the Cherokee Nation Film Office to recognize Indigenous filmmakers with the Festival’s inaugural award for Best Indigenous Short Film.
With everyone’s health and safety a priority due to the global pandemic, Sundance Film Festival is coming to YOU via Satellite Screens. Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an official Satellite Screen location for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, presented by Cherokee Nation Film Office.
Cherokee Nation citizen Clesta Martin Manley has explored many painting techniques, media and subjects throughout her career and has always found a way to connect her passion for art and her Cherokee heritage.
The 15th annual Cherokee Art Market begins today with the announcement of this year’s winners, including Best of Show, which was awarded to Northern Arapaho/Seneca artist Dallin Maybee for “Pestilence: Covid, Smallpox, Black Plague – A Floral Gas Mask.”
The Cherokee Nation recently unveiled renderings of the future Durbin Feeling Language Center and five new efficiency homes for Cherokee speakers that will be located next to the facility in Tahlequah.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed an executive order Nov. 18 establishing the Cherokee Nation Advisory Committee on History and Culture to help ensure Cherokee art, history, and culture are presented in an accurate and authentic way.
Cherokee Nation announced today plans to purchase the historic Will Rogers Birthplace Museum in Rogers County. A small signing ceremony was held at the museum on Nov. 4 to coincide with Will Rogers’ birthday and formalize the acquisition from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The Cherokee National History Museum is celebrating the life and photography of Cherokee Nation citizen Jennie Ross Cobb in a new exhibit opening Oct. 13. Cobb was the great-granddaughter of Principal Chief John Ross and took up photography while she was a student at the Cherokee National Female Seminary in Tahlequah.
The 15th annual Cherokee Art Market was originally slated to run Oct. 10-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Cherokee Nation announced today a new virtual platform for the 15th annual Cherokee Art Market. The virtual market will run Dec. 7 – 21 and will feature premier Native American art from various tribal nations.
Cherokee Heritage Center announced today the postponement of its planned reopening this week. Operations were temporarily suspended mid-March due to the COVID-19 health crisis and were slated to resume Sept. 18.
There’s magic happening in the virtual writing room! Seven talented Native writers are participating in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and have the chance to propel their careers by taking part in the highly selective Third Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab.
Cherokee Nation announced four Cherokee Nation citizens are receiving the distinction of Cherokee National Treasure for their work in preserving and promoting Cherokee art and culture during the virtual 68th annual Cherokee National Holiday events.
The recently announced animated Cherokee language series “Inage’i” (Ee-nah-geh-ee) will premiere its pilot episode at the inaugural Drive-in Movie Nights hosted during the 68th annual Cherokee National Holiday.
The Cherokee Nation is officially kicking off the 68th Cherokee National Holiday with the launch of a redesigned Cherokee National Holiday website where the public can register to watch Holiday events online and compete for prizes.
Production has finished on a new Cherokee language animated series pilot episode created through a partnership between the Cherokee Nation, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, and FireThief Productions, an independent film company responsible for the Emmy-winning “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” TV program.
Life has been turned upside down because of the coronavirus, to say the least, and the same rings true for film. For Native filmmakers, one new challenge during COVID-19 is producing and maintaining authenticity in storytelling.
Preserving the Cherokee language and growing the number of Cherokee speakers are critical to our tribe’s future. My administration and I view this as a top priority. Over the past year, we have enhanced our current language programs and expanded into new areas.
A virtual Sequoyah High School graduation ceremony is being held Friday after careful planning and consideration by Cherokee Nation Public Health, Cherokee Nation Administration and Education Services.
As the COVID-19 global health crisis continues, Cherokee Nation announced today it is postponing the 15th annual Cherokee Art Market until 2021. The market was originally slated to run Oct. 10-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The Cherokee Nation is establishing a new language department that will directly oversee the tribe’s Cherokee Immersion School, a team of translators and the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program.
The Cherokee Nation has installed 16 new bee pollinator homes in the tribe’s heirloom garden in Tahlequah as part of a new initiative by First Lady January Hoskin to boost the population of pollinators while improving the environment.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced today members of the At-Large Advisory Committee to guide his administration on ways to better connect with Cherokee citizens living outside the tribe’s 14-county reservation.
Two Confederate monuments were lifted by crane and removed from the Cherokee Nation Capitol Square in Tahlequah Saturday as directed by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., who observed from a few feet away.
We did a quick social-distance Q&A with Josh Mindemann, the first place winner in the shorts category. Learn about his inspiration for “Wiped Out“, a short satiric nature mockumentary on toilet paper. If you haven’t seen it yet, we highly recommend checking it out!
You’ve gotta see these! The video submissions are rolling in and we’re cracking up or finding ourselves close to tears. Give yourself a break and take some time to watch the short film submissions for the OklaHomies Short Film Contest.
Have you heard about the OklaHomies Short Film Contest? While you’re at home and practicing social distancing, you can make a movie from your smartphone, no camera gear or experience required and cash prizes could be yours.
The Cherokee Nation Film Office is currently accepting submissions for the OklaHomies Short Film Contest. It’s fun and easy, with no camera gear or experience required. Make a movie from your smartphone and you could win a $300 Visa gift card! The short films will be judged by professional producers and directors.
As we all work to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation Film Office, along with our sponsors Oklahoma Film and Music Office, and Tulsa Office of Film Music Arts & Culture would like to offer our fellow Oklahomans a break from all the stress, with a chance to make your own movie!
With the increasing spread of COVID-19, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. declared March 16 a state of emergency in the Cherokee Nation as the tribe works to keep employees, citizens and community members safe.
The Cherokee National Historical Society Board of Directors has selected Cherokee Nation citizen Paul Buckner as the new interim-executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center, effective immediately.
The Cherokee Nation Film Office invites you to “Coffee and Conversation,” your chance to grab a coffee and learn about current film bills and the state of Oklahoma’s budding film industry with special guests Oklahoma House Representative Jason Dunnington, author of House Bill 3921, and Bryan Warner, Deputy Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Thanks to a state rebate program, which was doubled by the state legislature last year, Oklahoma’s film industry has experienced tremendous growth and continues to be recognized as a burgeoning market for film and television production.
There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what our work means for the next seven generations. What we do today will not only affect my children and grandchildren, but it will also leave a lasting impact that will be felt for generations to come. That’s why empowering youth is a priority for my administration.
With an eye toward ensuring our people would still have access to these hardy, historic heirlooms, the Cherokee Nation took action by opening a tribal seed bank. Begun in 2006, the seed bank has steadily grown and widened its scope. In the decade since, our heirloom seed program has reinvigorated the traditional crops that came across the Trail of Tears with our ancestors to Indian Territory.
Now celebrating its first full year of successful operation, CNFO is blazing trails never before seen in Indian Country. The film industry in Oklahoma is poised for growth. We are centrally located. We have four seasons across six different eco-systems. All that and we remain an affordable place to shoot television and movie projects, with tax incentives to attract projects to our state.
Area students have the opportunity to spend an interactive day learning about the Cherokee arts, language and lifestyles of the 1890s at the Cherokee Heritage Center during Indian Territory Days on March 26-27.
The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a long-term seed storage facility housed deep inside a mountain on a remote island in Norway.
Cherokee Nation is expanding cultural and educational opportunities at its museum locations with the addition of several new interactive programs in the new year. New programming includes make-and-take activities, artist demonstrations, story time and more.
Two short documentaries from Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning series, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” have been named finalists in the Short Documentary category at the 13th annual LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBC UNIVERSAL.
The “Nanyehi” short film is being showcased at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum on Nov. 2. The screening is offered as part of the annual tribute to Will Rogers, hosted by the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club.
The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is now accepting applications. The two-year language program is centered on a group language immersion experience and only accepts a limited number of applications each year.
Cherokee Nation is working to help transform the way Native American history is presented in classrooms. The tribe is one of many contributing to the National Museum of the American Indian’s national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360 Degrees.
Three Cherokee Nation citizens will receive the distinction of Cherokee National Treasure for their work in preserving and promoting Cherokee art and culture during the 67th Annual Cherokee National Holiday Awards Banquet on Thursday.
Cherokee Nation citizen Vance McSpadden and tennis doubles partner Ron Cox helped Team USA capture the Gordon Trophy as part of the annual international seniors tennis competition between Canada and the United States.
Season five of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” debuts April 7, bringing even more documentary-style profiles on the people, places, heritage, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people.
The producers of Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning documentary series, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” have been selected to screen their short films at several major film festivals in 2019.
“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” is a new monthly, 30-minute news magazine-style program featuring the people, places, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” is hosted by Emmy-winning journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Jennifer Loren, a former longtime anchor at KOTV, News on 6.
Twenty-five years ago, Cherokee Nation officials regained ownership of the tribe’s original Capitol, Supreme Court and prison buildings after losing them in 1906 due to the Curtis Act of 1898, which abolished tribal governments.