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Cherokee County
County Seat - Tahlequah
Capital of the Cherokee Nation
 

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Welcome to Cherokee County. My name is Terrill White, the new County Coordinator for Cherokee County.
I am a Cherokee County native but do not currently live in Cherokee County.  I am able, however, to do LIMITED local research. Check with the
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"The Cherokee Seal was adopted in 1871 by Act of the Cherokee National Council. The seven pointed star in the center symbolizes the seven Cherokee clans and the sacred number seven. Oak leaves around the star symbolize the sacred, eternal fire made from oak.   The authority of the seal is written in English and Cherokee. The syllabary words are Tsa-la-gi-yi A-ye-hli, 'The Cherokee Nation.' The date, September 6, 1839 is the date of the adoption of the constitution of the Cherokee Nation West" [i.e. after the Trail of Tears]. 

 

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Will Rogers said:
"I am a Cherokee and it's the
proudest little possession I ever
hope to have".

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Cherokee County District Court
213 W. Delaware
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Telephone: (918) 456-0691

Cherokee National Capitol built in 1867
Located in the Center of Tahlequah

Cherokee County was created from the Tahlequah District in the Cherokee Nation when Indian and Oklahoma Territories were joined to form the State of Oklahoma in 1907. It is located in northeastern Oklahoma in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, near the Illinois River and Lake Tenkiller. The Cherokee Nation occupied these lands as early as the 1830s. In 1838, the Cherokee were forcibly removed from their tribal lands in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama to Indian Territory (Now Oklahoma).  This tragic event is commonly known as "The Trail of Tears".

The county capital of Tahlequah boasts to several historical sites. It is the home of Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Arts and Crafts Center.

Cherokee government buildings still standing are the Capitol (1867-70), the National Prison (1874), and the Supreme Court (1844); and the Murrell Home (1844) in Park Hill is a fine example of an antebellum mansion.

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SELECTED CHEROKEE COUNTY REFERENCE MATERIALS

(Please Note That Not All Materials Are Still In Print)

 

Around Tahlequah Council Fires

By T.L. Ballenger

Available for viewing at

Tahlequah, Eufaula and Muskogee Public Libraries

 

Tahlequah and the Cherokee Nation

By C.W. “Dub” West

Available for viewing at

Tahlequah and Muskogee Public Libraries

(also often seen for sale on eBay)

 

Tahlequah, NSU, and The Cherokees

By Obie Faulk & Billy M. Jones

Available for loan throughout the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System

 

The Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah

By Deborah Duvall

Available for loan from the Muskogee Public Library

Available for viewing at the Tahlequah Public Library

(also often seen for sale on eBay and Amazon.com)

 

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Photos
Pioneer Papers 
Pioneer Paper Interviews
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Tahlequah
The Chronicles of Oklahoma 
Newly added items in 2006
Newly added in 2008 (Houston's of Tahlequah)

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Family publications, history publications, journals and letters, military, tombstone transcriptions and photo collections.

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This page was last updated on July 3, 2015

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