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, 2015

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. — Leading up to the 63rd Cherokee National Holiday in September, a new Miss Cherokee and Junior Miss Cherokee, as well as new Little Cherokee Ambassadors, will be crowned in the month of August. See all Cherokee Nation calendar items below.

Aug. 1

8 a.m. — Cherokee Nation Wings Program will sponsor the Redbird Smith 5K in Sallisaw. Proceeds benefit Ki Bois Community Action. For more information, contact Lacey Wallace at 918-772-7236 or lacey-wallace@cherokee.org.

Aug. 3

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Tribal registration help with citizenship applications in Jay at the Sam Hider Health Center, 1015 Washbourne St. Call 918-253-4271.

Aug. 6

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Basic website construction seminar presented by Clarence Fisher at the Indian Capital Technology Center, 2403 N 41st St. E., Muskogee. For more information, contact Laura Doss at 918-453-5000, ext. 5994 or laura-doss@cherokee.org.

Aug. 8

4 p.m. – The Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition will be held at Sequoyah High School’s The Place Where They Play in Tahlequah, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. For more information, call Kristen Thomas at 918-525-2266.

Aug. 10

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. 11

10th Annual Cherokee National Holiday Art Show applications, including photos of artwork, must be submitted by 5 p.m. 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.

5 to 7 p.m. –Cherokee Nation Child Support Services hosts the Child Support Awareness Month Rally at the Tahlequah Community Building, 908 S. College Ave. For more information, contact Dillon Turman at 918-453-5444.

Aug. 12

First day of school for Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School students.

Aug. 14

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Tribal registration help with citizenship applications in Sallisaw sub-office, 110 N. Elm. Call 918-775-6226.

10:30 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker; Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden; and Tribal Councilors Rex Jordan, David Walkingstick, Bryan Warner, Shawn Crittenden, Dick Lay, Buel Anglen, Keith Austin and Wanda Hatfield will be sworn into office during the tribe’s inauguration ceremony in Tahlequah at Sequoyah High School’s The Place Where They Play, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave.

Aug. 21

Entry forms for the 63rd Cherokee National Holiday parade must be submitted by 5 p.m. Forms can be emailed to Christopher Thompson at christopher-thompson@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, contact Debra Lack or Christopher Thompson at 918-453-5555.

Aug. 22

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 8 p.m. – Six-week introduction class for individuals to learn Adobe Illustrator. Class will be taught by Mike Brown at Northeastern State University Seminary Hall, room 232, in Tahlequah. Space is limited. To register, contact Laura Doss at 918-453-5000, ext. 5994 or laura-doss@cherokee.org.

Aug. 26

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Tribal registration help with citizenship applications in Claremore at the Cherokee Nation Career Services Office, 23205 S. Hwy 66. Call 918-342-7450.

Aug. 29

8 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Wings Program will sponsor the “Fire Up the Lions!” 5K and Fun Run in Vinita. Proceeds benefit the Vinita Firefighter Local #2814 Scholarship Fund & Vinita Lions Club. For more information, contact Amy DeVore 918-915-0464 or amy-devore@cherokee.org.

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.

For a full list of upcoming 63rd Cherokee National Holiday events on Labor Day weekend, visit www.cherokee.org and click the Cherokee National Holiday quick link.