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 Ext. 7726
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 March, 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 45th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and sale and the opening of the tribe’s new $14 million health center in Jay are just a few of the events the Cherokee Nation is hosting in April. See all events below.

April 1

11 a.m. – Cherokee Nation opens the tribe’s new $14 million Sam Hider Health Center in Jay. The new facility at 859 E. Melton Dr. is 42,000 square feet. A ceremony for the grand opening will be followed by tours of the facility.

April 2

7 a.m. – Run across the Pensacola Dam Bridge in the Grand Dam Run at Langley. Proceeds benefit South Grand Lake Lions Club scholarships and veteran’s park. Race day registration will be held at the First Christian Church. For more information, contact Amy DeVore at 918-915-0464 or amy-devore@cherokee.org.

4 p.m. – Concert featuring the Cherokee National Youth Choir and the Tulsa Children’s Choir will be held at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Sierra at 918-453-5638.

April 4

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd and Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan and David Walkingstick will host a community meeting at the community building in Tahlequah. Representatives from several Cherokee Nation programs and services will be on site to assist with any questions.

April 5

1 to 3 p.m. – Community Cherokee language classes start at the Brushy Community Center near Sallisaw. Helena McCoy will teach the classes on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 2-4 p.m. through May 4. For more information, contact Edna Jones at 918-453-5151.

3 to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Youth Leadership Fair at the Vinita Health Center. Information on Summer Youth Employment Program, Youth Leadership Intern Program, College Resources, Johnson O’Malley, Cherokee Nation Foundation, Talking Leaves Job Corps and more will be provided. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

April 6

3 to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Youth Leadership Fair at the Sallisaw Career Services Office. Information on Summer Youth Employment Program, Youth Leadership Intern Program, College Resources, Johnson O’Malley, Cherokee Nation Foundation, Talking Leaves Job Corps and more will be provided. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

April 7-8

Cherokee Nation hosts the quarterly meeting of the Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. The five tribes meet four times a year to discuss and collaborate on issues facing Indian Country.

April 8

Students interested in applying for the 2016 Cherokee Promise Scholarship must submit the application on https://scholarship.cherokee.org/ by April 8. The Cherokee Promise Scholarship is available at Connors State College, Northeastern State University and Rogers State University. Applicants must reside within the Cherokee Nation and meet HUD income guidelines. For more information, contact Kristen Smith at 918-453-5465 or kristen-smith@cherokee.org.

6 p.m. – The award reception and preview for the 45th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and sale will be held at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah. Event is free to the public. For more information, contact Callie Chunestudy at callie-chunestudy@cherokee.org.

April 9

9 a.m. – Sequoyah High School hosts a fundraising event for Operation K9 on the school’s campus in Tahlequah. All proceeds from the 3 ½-mile walk/run goes to the nonprofit, which raises and trains service dogs for medically qualified United States military members. Event costs $20 and includes a T-shirt for those who register early. For more information, contact Becca Brant at rebecca-brant@cherokee.org or 918-453-5400, ext. 6129.

6:30 a.m. – Run in the Will Rogers Memorial 5K & Fun Run in Claremore. Proceeds benefit the Will Rogers Memorial. Race day registration will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial. For more information, contact Ronnie Neal at 918-407-3867 or ronnie-neal@cherokee.org.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts a safety fair at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah. Fun activities, food, information and giveaways will be included in the event as well as the opportunity to meet local fire fighters, law enforcement and other first responders. For more information, call 918-453-5000.

5 to 10 p.m. – The Native American Cancer Support Group hosts a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Tsa-La-Gi community ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees in Tahlequah. For $5, attendees will receive spaghetti, salad, toast, drink and dessert. Door prizes will also be given away. For more information, contact Margie Burkhart at 918-453-5440 or Ruth Hummingbird at 918-453-5759.

The 45th annual Trail of Tears Art Show and sale starts at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah and runs through May 7.  For more information, contact Tonia Weavel at 918-456-6007, ext. 6161.

April 11

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.

April 12

Noon to 3 p.m. – Oklahoma Blood Institute spring blood drive at the Will Rogers Health Center in Nowata. For more information, contact Jill Seale at 918-273-7549 or Greg Lawrence at 918-273-8011.

1 to 5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services hosts an enrollment fair for U.S. Veterans Affairs health benefits at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell. Veterans need to bring their DD 214 Form. Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will also be available to assist with claims filing and lost DD 214 filing. For more information, contact Rhonda Cochran at 918-772-4014.

3 to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Youth Leadership Fair at the Pryor Career Services Office. Information on Summer Youth Employment Program, Youth Leadership Intern Program, College Resources, Johnson O’Malley, Cherokee Nation Foundation, Talking Leaves Job Corps and more will be provided to attendees. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

6 to 8 p.m. – Community Cherokee language classes start at the Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs. George Stopp teaches the classes Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 12. For more information, contact Edna Jones at 918-453-5151.

6 to 8 p.m. - Community Cherokee language classes start at the House of Praise in Marble City. Phyllis Pettit teaches the classes Tuesdays through June 14. For more information, contact Edna Jones at 918-453-5151.

April 13

3 to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Youth Leadership Fair at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah. Information on Summer Youth Employment Program, Youth Leadership Intern Program, College Resources, Johnson O’Malley, Cherokee Nation Foundation, Talking Leaves Job Corps and more will be provided. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

April 13-14

The Five Tribes Intertribal Language Summit will be hosted at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Registration for the day portion of the summit is free. Evening banquet on April 13 is $16.95 and includes a BBQ buffet dinner, Cherokee National Youth Choir performance and Cherokee language debate. For more information, contact Edna Jones at 918-453-5151.

April 14

1 to 5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services hosts an enrollment fair for U.S. Veterans Affairs health benefits at the Sam Hider Health Center in Jay. Veterans need to bring their DD 214 Form. Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will also be available to assist with claims filing and lost DD 214 filing. For more information, contact Rhonda Cochran at 918-772-4014.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts A Picnic in the Park at Norris Park in Tahlequah. Community event is open to public and aimed to raise awareness for child abuse prevention. Dinner will be provided as well as activities for children, including bouncy houses, art, pinwheels and more. For more information, contact Amy Thilges at 918-453-5078.

April 15

9:30 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Marshal Service visits Sequoyah Elementary School in Tahlequah. During the visit, students will meet the marshals and explore some of the Marshal Service vehicles. For more information, call 918-453-5000.

April 16

6:30 a.m. – Run in the Bulldog Classic in Jay. Proceeds benefit the Jay High School Cheerleaders. Race day registration will be held at J.B. Earp Stadium. For more information, contact Cindy Tuder at 918-253-1368 or cindy-tuder@cherokee.org.

10 a.m. – Traditional Native Games hosted at Eucha Community Center near Jay. Adult and youth games include horseshoe competition, Cherokee marbles, blowgun competition and cornstalk shoot. Winners receive a T-shirt and invitation to compete in the 64th Cherokee National Holiday Championship Games on Sept. 4. For more information, contact Traditional Native Games Director Donna Tinnin at 918-822-2427 or donna-tinnin@cheorkee.org.

11 a.m. – The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs at Art Under the Oaks at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Sierra at 918-453-5638.

4 p.m. – The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs at the Intertribal Traditional Singing at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Sierra at 918-453-5638.

April 18

1 to 5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services hosts an enrollment fair for U.S. Veterans Affairs health benefits at the Amo Health Center in Salina. Veterans need to bring their DD 214 Form. Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will also be available to assist with claims filing and lost DD 214 filing. For more information, contact Rhonda Cochran at 918-772-4014.

April 19

Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Center in Tahlequah will extend service hours to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Leah Duncan at 918-207-3920.

April 20

1 to 5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services hosts an enrollment fair for U.S. Veterans Affairs health benefits at the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw. Veterans need to bring their DD 214 Form. Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will also be available to assist with claims filing and lost DD 214 filing. For more information, contact Rhonda Cochran at 918-772-4014.

April 21-23

7 p.m. – Sequoyah High School Theatre Department presents West Side Story. The spring musical will be performed at the Sequoyah High School gymnasium in Tahlequah. For more information, contact Amanda Ray at amanda-ray@cherokee.org.

April 22

1 to 5 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services hosts an enrollment fair for U.S. Veterans Affairs health benefits at the Vinita Health Center. Veterans need to bring their DD 214 Form. Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will also be available to assist with claims filing and lost DD 214 filing. For more information, contact Rhonda Cochran at 918-772-4014.

April 23

7 a.m. – Run in the “Run Jack Run” Hope for PAAS 5K in Vinita. Proceeds from the run benefit Home of Hope & Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter. Race day registration will be at Craig County Courthouse. For more information, contact Amy DeVore at 918-915-0464 or amy-devore@cherokee.org.

April 26

Noon to 1 p.m. - Brown Bag Series at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah features a discussion on how the passage of the Five Tribes Act of 1906 impacted tribes in Indian Territory. Must bring your own lunch and event is free to the public. For more information, call 877-779-6977 or visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

April 28

6 to 8 p.m. – The Native American Cancer Support Group hosts a meeting at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. Snacks, presentations, crafts and socializing are all a part of the monthly meeting. For more information, contact Margie Burkhart at 918-453-5440 or Ruth Hummingbird at 918-453-5759.

April 29

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Environmental Programs hosts the Cherokee Nation Environmental Festival at Talking Leaves Job Corps in Tahlequah. Cultural and educational activities, presentation, environmental information displays as well as tree giveaways and door prizes will be a part of the festival. For more information, contact Jason White at jason-white@cherokee.org or Karen Dye at karen-dye@cherokee.org.

April 30

5:45 a.m. – Run in the Red Fern Half-Marathon and 5K in Tahlequah. Race day registration will be held at Norris Park. For more information, contact Hillary Fry at 918-453-5000, ext. 7691 or hillary-fry@cherokee.org