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
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.

For More Information About Foster Care or Adoption

FYI - News to Use

Upcoming Events for May, 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 2016 Volunteer Firefighters Ceremony, graduations for Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School, and a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating Memorial Day are events happening in May. See the Cherokee Nation’s full list of events for the month.

May 2

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- The wellness department at the Vinita Health Center will accept applications through May 31 for the 4th Annual Cherokee Nation Fit Kids Camp. Camp dates are June 6-10 and June 20-24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vinita Health Center. Participants must be eligible for IHS services. For more information, call 918-256-4802. 

May 3

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts its Cherokee Nation History & Humanities Course at Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee. The 21-hour course will be held Tuesday evenings through June 14 and will cover pre-European contact through modern history of the Cherokee people. To register, contact Catherine Foreman-Gray at 918-453-5289 or 

May 3

7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts its 2016 Volunteer Firefighters Ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Ceremony will include dinner, an awards presentation and the presentation of $3,500 checks to 130 volunteer fire departments from northeast Oklahoma.

May 4

1 p.m. – Cherokee Nation WIC program hosts a Mother’s Day event at the WIC program office in Tahlequah. Activities include games, stories, photos and snacks. For more information, call 918-453-5591. 

May 5-6

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cultural Tourism hosts a gravestone workshop at the Tahlequah Public Cemetery. Attendees should bring their lawn chair. Fee is $45 and lunch is provided. For more information, visit or call 877-779-6977. 

May 6

Cherokee women exhibit entitled “Cherokee Women Who Changed the World” will be on display at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah. The exhibit explores several Cherokee women who made a difference in the world and runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit or call 877-779-6977. 

May 6-7

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Mother’s Day free admission to all Cherokee Nation museums. For more information, visit or call 877-779-6977. 

May 6-8

The Sequoyah Alumni Association hosts “alumni weekend” for all Sequoyah Schools graduates. An Indian taco sale and auction starts at 5 p.m. Friday in the Tsa-La-Gi community room. On Saturday is an alumni golf tournament at Cherokee Trails Golf Course. At 5 p.m. is a banquet and dance for $10 in the new gym. On Sunday there is a breakfast in the Sequoyah Schools cafeteria for $3. For the full agenda, contact or call 918-718-5850 or 918-822-3276. 

May 9

6 to 7 p.m. – The administration of Sequoyah High School will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed 2016-17 Title VII budget and services provided at the Sequoyah High School library in Tahlequah. The purpose of the public meeting is to present the proposed budget and services to the public and receive comments. The proposed budget is to supplement the college and career readiness of the students at Sequoyah High School. 

May 9-13

Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital and Northeast Health Systems are co-hosting Hospital Week. Featured Hospital Week events include a health fair and 5K on May 12, a four-man scramble golf tournament benefitting Tahlequah Public Schools, and a week-long food drive. For more information, contact Ashlei Ashmore at 

May 10-14

Explore the beauty of sustainable Native American communities through the eyes of student photographers from Stilwell High School at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah. 

May 14

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Wagoner Family Fun Day at Maple Park in Wagoner. Cherokee Nation Regional Prevention Coordinators will have an Rx Take Back booth on site for those who safely want to dispose of prescriptions no longer in use. 

May 16

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

May 17

9 a.m. – In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services Week, Cherokee Nation EMS offers a free CPR training class at the Cherokee Nation EMS building in Tahlequah. For more information, contact Mark Bighorse at 918-453-5031 or at 

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School graduates its largest sixth-grade class in history, with 11 students, at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000 ext. 4900.

9 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School kindergarten graduation at the Sequoyah Schools gym in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5000 ext. 4900.

May 20

6:30 p.m. – Sequoyah High School Class of 2015 graduation ceremony at The Place Where They Play in Tahlequah. For more information, call Principal Jolyn Rose at 918-453-5400. 

May 27

TBA – The Cherokee Nation Veterans Center will observe Memorial Day with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cherokee Warrior Memorial in Tahlequah, on the east side of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. For more information, call 918-772-4166. 

May 30

Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, health centers and satellite offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. W.W. Hastings Hospital emergency services, Marshal Service and Cherokee Nation EMS will still be operational. 

May 31

9 a.m. – Send-off ceremony for the 2016 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, Tribal Council Chambers, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah.