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 February, 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.

Feb. 1

Cherokee Nation begins dispersing heirloom seeds to Cherokee Nation citizens from its seed bank inventory of heirloom corn, beans, squash, beads, and other traditional and cultural plants. To request seeds, email seedbank@cherokee.org.

The Cherokee Nation kicks off its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help eligible families fill out 2015 federal and state income taxes for free. The service, open to Native and non-Native families who earn less than $54,000 per year, can call 918-453-5536 to make an appointment.

Feb. 3

2-5 p.m. - The Cherokee Nation begins its free Cherokee history and humanities course for the public at the John F. Henderson Public Library, 116 North Williams St., in Westville. The course runs Wednesdays through March 6. To register, contact Roy Hamilton at 918-453-5210 or roy-hamilton@cherokee.org.

Feb. 8

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Career Services starts its free electrical assistant training course in Tahlequah for those who want to be industry certified. Classes run through April 1. Participants must have been laid off, a returning service member or a displaced homemaker. Space is limited. Call 918-453-5555.

Feb. 11 

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – The Sam Hider Health Center in Jay hosts an Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drive. The OBI blood mobile will be located in the health center’s front parking lot. For more information, contact Lynn Reynolds at 918-253-1704 orlynn-reynolds@cherokee.org.

Feb. 12

9 a.m. –Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. hand out candy, stuffed animals and hundreds of homemade valentines to veterans at the Claremore Veterans Center that were made by tribal citizens and school children as part of the tribe’s annual Valentines for Vets program, which generates 5,000 handmade Valentine cards each year thanking veterans who are in area hospitals and nursing homes for their military service.

11 a.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts its annual Public School Appreciation Day at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The Cherokee Nation annually gives school districts in northeast Oklahoma 38 percent of funding from motor vehicle tag sales. During the event, school superintendents from more than 100 school districts will be awarded checks totaling more than $4 million to use how they best see fit.

Feb. 15

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

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. –Cherokee Nation Career Services starts its free HVAC technician training course in Tahlequah for those who want to be industry certified. Classes run through April 8. Participants must have been laid off, a returning service member or a displaced homemaker. Space is limited. Call 918-453-5555.

Feb. 16

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.

Feb. 17

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Career Services hosts a job fair at the Cherokee Casino & Hotel in West Siloam Springs with more than 10 businesses on site. For more information, call 918-453-5555.

Feb. 18

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

Noon – Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach hosts a Lunch & Learn event at the Osiyo Training Room behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah. Cherokee Nation citizen and Oklahoma Historical Society Director David Fowler will speak on Cherokee women in the Civil War. The event is free, and attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. For more information, contact Catherine Foreman-Gray at catherine-gray@cherokee.org.

Feb. 20

10 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Marshal Service will dive into frigid water for the Tahlequah Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics of Oklahoma. The event will be hosted at Northeastern State University Beta Field with registration at the Jack Dobbins Field House. For more information, contact Bobbie Jones at 918-316-3668 or bobbie-jones@cherokee.org.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee National Prison Museum in Tahlequah hosts “Escape to the Prison.” Attendees will experience various activities and on-site interpreters in historical clothing sharing the Anniversary of Tom Ross escaping on the sheriff’s horse. For more information, visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com or call 877-779-6977.

Feb. 22 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. –Summer Youth Employment Program applications will be accepted through April 22. Cherokee Nation youth and others of federally recognized tribes ages 16-21 who live within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction can apply to work 40 hours per week June 13-July 22 to earn extra money and gain work experience. For questions, call Career Services in Tahlequah at 918-453-5555 or visit Cherokee.org and click on services, career and office locations to find the nearest career services office to fill out an application.

Feb. 23

The annual Cherokee Nation Day at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Tribal leaders and employees will be on site to promote the tribe’s culture, as well as showcase programs and services to lawmakers and visitors at the state Capitol building. Cherokee Nation leaders will be introduced on the senate and house floors.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Museums celebrate “Museum Advocacy Day” with free admission to all the tribe’s museums in Tahlequah. For more information, visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com or call 877-779-6977.

Feb. 29 

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Cherokee Nation Career Services starts its free plumber helper training in Tahlequah for those who want to get industry certified. Classes run through April 15. Participants must have been laid off, a returning service member or a displaced homemaker. Class size is limited. Call 918-453-5555.

 

CULTURAL CLASSES 

The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts a series of classes designed to promote traditional Cherokee art.  Classes are designed to pique the interest of the student as well as give historical and practical information about the art form.

2016 Cultural Classes.
Registration fee is $40 per class; classes are 4 hours in length, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; all classes are held on Saturdays.

CULTURAL CLASS SERIES

March 5 – Cherokee Pottery

April 9 – Round Reed Basketry

May 7 – Cherokee Pucker Toe Moccasins

June 4 – Southeastern Iconography

July 9 – Flat Reed Basketry

August 13 – 1700’s Cherokee Clothing

September 10 – Cherokee Beadwork

October 1 – Stickball Sticks

For more information or to RSVP contact Tonia Weavel at 918-456-6007 ext. 6161 or by email tonia-weavel@cherokee.org