Reflections

Reflections

<em>Cherokee Immersion School.</em> Photograph courtesy of Cherokee Nation Communications
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ᏄᏍᏛ ᏫᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ

Reflections

ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎪᎢ ᎢᎦ

Cherokee Nation Today

Cherokee people have remained strong throughout time. They have suffered, but they have also persevered. Their identity as Cherokee has kept them strong and proud.

Cherokee Immersion School. Photograph courtesy of Cherokee Nation Communications

The Cherokee Nation is the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States, with more than 355,000 citizens.

The Cherokee Nation is the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States, with more than 355,000 citizens.

More than 100,000 of those citizens live in the nation’s 7,000-square-mile jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma. Through business development, the Cherokee Nation has created an economic impact of more than two billion dollars in the state of Oklahoma. By leveraging a strong workforce, an innovative spirit, and the fairness and respect that are fundamentally Cherokee, they have experienced tremendous growth and flourished as a people.

Image of Cherokee National Complex

<em>Cherokee National Complex.</em> Photograph courtesy of Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation and its people have worked to preserve their cultural traditions through an arts revival, language restoration, and preservation of historic assets.

Cherokee National Complex. Photograph courtesy of Cherokee Nation

Image of Cherokee Immersion School

<em>Cherokee Immersion School.</em> Photograph courtesy of Cherokee Nation Communications

Today, children can learn to speak the Cherokee language at the Cherokee Nation’s Immersion School, and citizens can learn traditional art forms from Cherokee National Treasures.

Cherokee Immersion School. Photograph courtesy of Cherokee Nation Communications

Description of Cherokee communities

Cherokee communities come together for fellowship and traditional meals of hog (pork) or fish. , which are sacred to southeastern tribes, are held at ceremonial grounds throughout Oklahoma. Stickball, the precursor to lacrosse; chunkey, a rolling disc and spear game; and marble tournaments are enjoyed during community gatherings. Stories are shared so that the history of the tribe survives.

Resiliency

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Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

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    What actions are Cherokee people taking today to keep their community and culture alive and strong?