Indian Child Welfare - Homes for Cherokee Kids


Principal Chief's Message

Who are the children?

- Native American children in custody of a tribe or state.

- Native American children ages 0-17.

- Native American children in sibling groups.

- Native American children with special physical or emotional needs.

- Native American children mixed with another ethnicity.

Contact CN ICW

Phone: 918-458-6900
E-mail: Homes4Kids@cherokee.org 
Protecting our tribe's future, one child at a time.

Our Mission

Remembering our past, protecting the present and securing our future for generations to come by providing an array of protective, supportive, and child focused services to families needing assistance in maintaining a self sufficient and healthy environment.

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FYI - News to Use

Upcoming Events for September, 2016

Listed below are upcoming events and cultural training opportunities for Cherokee Nation Resource Families.  Please check with your certification worker to confirm the amount of credit you can receive for classes you attend.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —The Cherokee Nation hosts several events in November, including the Angel Project kickoff and the tribe’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. See all Cherokee Nation calendar items below.

Nov. 1

Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah showcases the “Cherokee Women Who Changed the World Exhibit.” This exhibit highlights the lives of Nancy Ward, Winnie Guess Perdue, Mary Golda Ross, Anna Mitchell and Wilma Mankiller. Exhibit runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

The Cherokee National Prison Museum in Tahlequah presents “Of the Earth,” an exhibit on the history of Cherokee agriculture. Exhibit takes an in-depth look at how Cherokees have been good stewards of the land since before removal to Indian Territory. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

Come experience the early life of one of Cherokee Nation’s most revered leaders in “John Ross – The Early Years” at the John Ross Museum in Tahlequah. The exhibit takes visitors back in time to Ross’ formative years, unearthing details about his Cherokee roots and his time growing up in the Cherokee Nation. Exhibit runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, buy one Cherokee Compass Museum Package at the regular price and get one free during the month of November. For only $15, the Cherokee Compass Museum Package includes access to the four Cherokee museums and a T-shirt. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

6 to 8 p.m. – The Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation hosts a community meeting at the Dahlonegah School cafeteria near Stilwell. The meeting gives the community a chance to review Dahlonegah West Road Project plans. Road plans will be available for viewing and the engineering firm Holloway, Updike & Bellen will be there to answer any questions and give an explanation of the project.

Nov. 2

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Entertainment hosts a series of job fairs at the Grove Community Center to help fill available positions at the new Cherokee Casino Grove. Attendees should bring their CDIB, tribal citizenship cards and an updated resume. Positions are available in gaming, operations, hospitality, security, maintenance and food and beverage.

Nov. 3

2 to 8 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Commerce hosts a Homebuyers Fair at the Tsa-La-Gi community room behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee in Tahlequah. The following professionals will be on hand to assist attendees: mortgage lenders, banks, insurance agents, realtors, home appraisers, Mortgage Assistance Program staff and a credit coach from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kim Houston at 918-453-5536 or kim-houston@cherokee.org.

Nov. 3-4

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah hosts Cherokee Heritage Days, an outdoor classroom event related to Cherokee culture for school-aged children.

Nov. 5

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Human Services staff hosts a Cherokee PARENTS research evaluation at the No-we-tah Community Building in Nowata. Participants will receive a $50 gift card and must reside in Nowata, Craig or Delaware counties, have children ages 1 to 2 1/2 and no open Indian Child Welfare cases. Tribal citizenship is not required. For more information, contact Teresa Tucker teresa-tucker@cherokee.org or 918-207-3934.

Nov. 10

9 a.m. – The Cherokee Nation hosts its annual Veterans Day event at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah. All veterans are welcome to attend. Event will include breakfast, program, statue unveiling and wreath laying ceremony at the Cherokee Warrior Memorial. For more information, call 918-772-4166.

Nov. 11

Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Keeler Complex, satellite offices and health centers will be closed for Veterans Day. Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital urgent care and emergency department as well as other Cherokee Nation emergency services will remain open.

Nov. 13-19

Celebrate “Rock Your Mocs Week” by posting a picture rocking your moccasins on the Visit Cherokee Nation Facebook page and you will be entered in a drawing to win an Osiyo T-shirt.

Nov. 14

9 a.m. – Cherokee Nation EMS is hosting a free New Parents Class at the Cherokee Nation EMS building in Tahlequah. This class will cover CPR for infant, child and adult, correct installation of a child safety seat and first aid topics and prevention suggestions and guidelines. For more information, contact Mark Bighorse at 918-453-5031 or mark-bighorse@cherokee.org.

3 to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Entertainment hosts a series of job fairs at the Grove Community Center to help fill available positions at the new Cherokee Casino Grove. Attendees should bring their CDIB, tribal citizenship cards and an updated resume. Positions are available in gaming, operations, hospitality, security, maintenance and food and beverage.

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Tribal Council meeting at the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. For the agenda, visit http://legislative.cherokee.org.

Nov. 17

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office hosts the ninth annual TERO Certified Indian-Owned Engage Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Event gives TERO companies an opportunity to showcase their businesses. For more information, call 918-453-5430.

Noon to 1 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach hosts a special Lunch & Learn presentation at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in honor of Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month. Cherokee Nation Language Program Manager Roy Boney and Helmerich Center for American Research Director Dr. Duane King will discuss Cherokees who used their native language to communicate and transmit military messages during World War I and World War II. Event is free and open to public. Registration is encouraged. To register, email Catherine Foreman-Gray at catherine-gray@cherokee.org.

6 to 7:30 p.m. – The Native American Cancer Support Group meets at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. All cancer survivors and their family and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Margie Burkhart at 918-453-5440 or Ruth Hummingbird at 918-453-5759.

Nov. 18

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Human Services staff hosts a Cherokee PARENTS research evaluation at the Delaware County Library in Jay. Participants will receive a $50 gift card and must reside in Nowata, Craig or Delaware counties, have children ages 1 to 2 ½ and no open Indian Child Welfare cases. Tribal citizenship is not required. For more information, contact Teresa Tucker teresa-tucker@cherokee.org or 918-207-3934.

6 p.m. – The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts the Anna Mitchell Legacy Exhibit opening reception at the museum in Tahlequah. Anna is credited for reviving traditional Southeastern and specifically Cherokee hand built pottery. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 12 through April 1. For more information, call 918-456-6007.

Nov. 22

4 p.m. – The Cherokee Nation hosts its annual Angel Project kickoff event at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah for the public to adopt “angels” this holiday. For more information, email angel-project@cherokee.org.

Nov. 23

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Sam Hider Health Center in Jay hosts a blood drive. For more information, call 918-253-1704.

Nov. 24-25

Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Keeler Complex, satellite offices and health centers will be closed for Thanksgiving Day. Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital urgent care and emergency department as well as other Cherokee Nation emergency services will remain open.

Cherokee Nation Diabetes Prevention Program will be hosting several Diabetes Prevention Walks throughout the month of November. See dates below for a walk near you.

• Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw, Nov. 3 at Noon

• Vinita Expo Building, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.

• Carson Park in Stilwell, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

• Kenwood School Track, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sam Hider Health Center in Jay, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Cherokee Warrior Memorial next to the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

• A-Mo Health Center in Salina, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Diabetes Prevention Program Office in Tahlequah, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.