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 August, 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.

 In the month of August, a new Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and several Little Cherokee Ambassadors will be crowned. See all Cherokee Nation calendar items below.

Aug. 2

Noon to 1 p.m. – Cultural Tourism hosts a brown bag lunch discussion at the John Ross Museum in Tahlequah about Chief John Ross and his legacy after his death 150 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1866. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

1 to 2 p.m. – Cherokee Nation WIC program celebrates World Breastfeeding Week at the Sam Hider Health Center in Jay. Event includes refreshments, playing games, a lesson on nutrition and more. For information, call 918-453-5591.

Aug. 3

9 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare is partnering with CarePortal and Oklahoma Department of Human Services to launch Cherokee County CarePortal network at the Cherokee Nation Courthouse in Tahlequah. The CarePortal network is aimed at better meeting the needs of children being placed into foster care. For more information, call John Rozell at 918-871-9395.

Aug. 6

5 p.m. – The Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition will be held at the Tahlequah Municipal Armory Building, 100 N. Water Ave. For more information, call Kristen Smith-Snell at 918-525-2266.

Aug. 8

First day of school for the 2016-17 academic year for Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School students.

Aug. 9

6 p.m. – As part of Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach’s Cultural Enrichment Series, Danny McCarter will discuss the art of making blow guns and darts as well as their traditional use in the Osiyo training room behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah. For more information, call Dawni Squirrel at 918-525-2041 or dawnena-squirrel@cherokee.org.

Aug. 11

5 p.m. –The deadline to submit applications for the 11th Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show, including photos of artwork. Applications can be emailed to Marie Smith at marie-smith@cherokee.org or submitted in person at the Spider Gallery, 215 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. For more information, call Smith at 918-453-5524.

Aug. 13

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Elder Care hosts the 2016 Turtle Round Up at the Cherokee Elder Care facility in Tahlequah. Event activities include a flea market, children activities, a live band and more. Advance tickets are $5 per person ages 5 and up. Tickets are $7 at the gate. For more information, visit http://turtleroundup2016.eventbrite.com.

7 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Wings Program will sponsor the “Fire Up the Lions!” 5K and Fun Run in Vinita. Proceeds benefit Vinita Firefighter Local #2841 Scholarship Fund and Vinita Lions Club. For more information, contact Amy DeVore at 918-915-0464 or amy-devore@cherokee.org.

Aug. 15

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.

Aug. 18

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts an Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drive in the Tsa-La-Gi community room behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000, ext. 5841.

Aug. 20

6:30 p.m. – The Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition will be held at the Tahlequah Municipal Armory Building, 100 N. Water Ave. For more information, call Reba Bruner at 918-453-5397.

Aug. 25

6 to 7:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services hosts its Native American Cancer Support Group at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, social workers and oncology specialists are all welcome. For more information, call Margie Burkhart 918-453-5440 or Ruth Hummingbird at 918-822-2543.

Aug. 26

5 p.m. – Entry forms for the 64th Cherokee National Holiday parade must be submitted. Forms can be emailed to Alicia Eubanks at alicia-eubanks@cherokee.org or submitted in person at the Career Services office inside the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

5 p.m. – Entries for the 64th Cherokee National Holiday Quilt Show must be submitted. Entry forms are available online at www.cherokee.org. Ribbons awarded for all categories, including best of show grand prize, chief’s choice and deputy chief’s choice. Applicants do not have to be Native American to enter. For more information, contact Cynthia Dotson at 918-453-5757 ext. 7639 or cynthia-dotson@cherokee.org.

Aug. 26-28

The 64th Cherokee National Holiday co-ed softball tournament, men’s fast-pitch softball tournament and women’s fast-pitch softball tournament will be held at the Cherokee Nation Softball Complex in Tahlequah near Sequoyah High School. Entry fee is $225 for co-ed tournament, $250 for men’s fast-pitch and $125 for women’s fast-pitch. Entries must be submitted by Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. For more information, call Crystal Bogle at 918-316-1940 or crystal-bogle@cherokee.org.

Aug. 27

6 p.m. – The Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition will be held at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Tahlequah, 718 Pendleton St. A reception for the former Miss Cherokees will be held prior to the competition at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Lisa Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991.

Aug. 30

10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – As part of Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach’s Leadership Series, Brad Wagnon will discuss how the things people do in their everyday lives transfer into the work they do in nonprofit jobs. The training will be held in the Osiyo training room behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah. This interactive training will show participants how people are leaders every day, even at home. For more information, contact Chris Welch at 918-207-4953 or chris-welch@cherokee.org.

2 to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Office of Child Support Services hosts an open house at its four locations in Tahlequah, Catoosa, Sallisaw and Jay in honor of Child Support Awareness Month. For more information, call 918-453-5444.

For a full list of upcoming 64th Cherokee National Holiday events on Labor Day weekend, visit www.cherokee.org and click the Cherokee National Holiday quick link. .