Indian Child Welfare - Homes for Cherokee Kids


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- 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.

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Phone: 918-458-6900
E-mail: Homes4Kids@cherokee.org 
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Upcoming Events for October, 2017

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.

Oct. 1

Tahlequah. For more information, contact Crystal Thomas at 918-453-5627, Rachelle Singleterry at 918-453-5694 or Juanita Bark at 918-253-4219.

Oct. 5-6

Tahlequah hosts Ancient Cherokee Days. The two-day event includes hands-on activities, games and demonstrations for school-aged children that feature Cherokee lifestyle in the early 1700s. For more information, contact Tonia Weavel at tonia-weavel@cherokee.org.

Oct. 7

Tahlequah launches the Cherokee Warrior Exhibit. Visitors can travel throughout the evolution of the Cherokee warrior from pre-contact to modern military. The exhibit runs through March 31, 2018. For more information, contact Callie Chunestudy at 918-456-6007.

Tahlequah provides free admission to citizens of any of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes plus one guest as part of Cherokee Saturday.

Tahlequah hosts a one-hour genealogy class. The class is $10 per adult and $5 per student in grades K-12. Advanced registration is required. To register, contact Gene Norris or Ashley Vann at 918-456-6007.

Oct. 8

Gore United Methodist Church. For more information, call 918-453-5000, ext. 4172.

Oct. 9

The Cherokee Nation celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day to honor the tribal people and tribal governments of Oklahoma.

Oct. 9-11

Tahlequah. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 11-13

Catoosa. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 12

Westville Public Library. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Sallisaw at Carl Albert State College. The class is open to all Cherokee Nation employees and is $90. Class will be every Thursday night starting Oct. 12. To sign up, please visit http://www.fpu.com/1037489

Oct. 13

Vinita. Proceeds benefit the Burl Moore Scholarship, Vinita girls athletics and Vinita High School Student Council/Service Learning Projects. For more information, contact Amy DeVore at 918-915-0464.

Tulsa. For more information, call 918-453-5000, ext. 4172.

Oct. 14

Tahlequah hosts a tear dress making class. The class is $65 per person and advance registration is recommended. Youth ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Tonia Weavel at tonia-weavel@cherokee.org.

Oct. 14-15

th Annual Cherokee Art Market begins at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The world-class event is one of the largest Native American art markets in the country and features 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 different tribes throughout North America. For more information, call 918-384-6990 or visit www.cherokeeartmarket.com.

Oct. 16

Bartlesville. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 16-17

Stilwell. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 17

Collinsville. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Sallisaw. To RSVP, contact Brian Wagnon at brian-wagnon@cherokee.org.

Oct. 18

Sallisaw. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Vinita Health Center. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 19

Ochelata. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 20

Tahlequah. During the event, kids can participate in making various cultural crafts at each museum. For more information, call 877-779-6977 or visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

Nowata. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 21

Nowata Hallowen BOO-YAH! 5K & Fun Run. Proceeds benefit Nowata C.A.N. For more information, contact Amy DeVore at 918-915-0464.

Tahlequah hosts a tear dress making class. The class is $65 per person and advanced registration is recommended. Youth ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Tonia Weavel at tonia-weavel@cherokee.org.

Oct. 23

Muskogee. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Pryor. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Tahlequah. For the agenda, visit http://legislative.cherokee.org.

Oct. 23-24

Catoosa. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 25-26

Jay. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 25-27

Tahlequah. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside with the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. Applications can also be submitted online at https://secure.cherokee.org/angeltree. For more information, call 918-458-6900.

Oct. 26

Claremore. To RSVP, contact Brian Wagnon at brian-wagnon@cherokee.org.

Vinita Health Center hosts a bingo night fundraiser for the local Chicks ‘n Chaps charity. The charity helps local women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer with financial and emotional needs. Flu shots will also be available starting at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Kyrstal Williams at 918-256-4858.

Oct. 27

Salina hosts its annual Fall Festival for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten students. Attendees are asked to RSVP so staff has a general head count for treats. To RSVP, call 918-434-8500.

Cherokee community language classes for fall 2017 also begin in October. See dates below for a class near you. For more information, call 918-453-5151.

  • Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa on Mondays and Thursdays – Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Jay Community Center on Mondays and Fridays – Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Lost City Community Center in Hulbert on Mondays – Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oak Grove Baptist Church in Porum on Mondays – Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Webbers Falls Museum on Mondays – Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Elm Tree Baptist Church in Tahlequah on Mondays and Tuesdays – Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • New Jordan Baptist Church in Salina on Mondays – Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Brushy Community Center in Sallisaw on Tuesdays and Thursdays – Oct. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Ballou Baptist Church in Locust Grove on Tuesdays – Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Salina Early Learning Academy on Tuesdays – Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Muldrow Cherokee Community Organization on Tuesdays – Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Kenwood Community Center on Tuesdays – Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Northeastern State University in Tahlequah on Thursdays – Oct. 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tom Buffington Heights in SouthCoffeyville on Tuesdays – Oct. 17 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • House of Praise Church in MarbleCity on Thursdays – Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.