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 July, 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.

 The Cherokee Nation celebrates Charles L. Head Day in July. The tribe’s late secretary of state created the ONE FIRE against violence victim services office and task force to help victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and dating violence. For a full list of other Cherokee Nation events in July, see below.

July 1

The Summer Food Service Program at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah will operate through July 8. Breakfast is provided from 7 to 8 a.m. with lunch provided from 11 a.m. to noon, except on weekends, Memorial Day and Fourth of July. For more information, contact Deena Johnson at 918-453-5191.

July 4

Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Keeler Complex, satellite offices and health centers will be closed for Independence Day. Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital urgent care and emergency department as well as other Cherokee Nation emergency services will remain open.

July 6

10 a.m. – Cultural Tourism presents its Stories on the Square event series on the Capitol Square in the gazebo in Tahlequah. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com or call 877-779-6977.

July 8

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – “Know Your Sugar” tour to raise awareness against diabetes visits W.W. Hastings Hospital. Artists will unveil a Cherokee-inspired sculpture made from hundreds of sugar cubes on display in the pharmacy area.

5 p.m. – Deadline to apply for the 2016 Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition for Cherokee women ages 17-22. To download the application, visit www.cherokee.org and click on the Cherokee Ambassadors link in the education section of the services tab. For more information, call Lisa Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000 ext. 4991.

July 12

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.

July 15

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – “Of The Earth” exhibit at Cherokee National Prison Museum in Tahlequah will be on display through Nov. 30. The exhibit is on gardening through the years and its importance to the Cherokee people. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

July 14

1 to 2:30 p.m. – GrowthWheel workshop for entrepreneurs, hosted by Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center, will be held at Rogers State University in Bartlesville. Attendees will participate in a hands-on, action-oriented program designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages overcome their barriers to growth. For more information, contact Stephen Highers at 918-207-3955.

July 13

10 a.m. – Cultural Tourism presents its Stories on the Square event series on the Capitol Square in the gazebo in Tahlequah. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com or call 877-779-6977.

July 18

10 a.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts a ceremony at the Cherokee Nation Court Square in Tahlequah in recognition of Charles L. Head Day, the tribe’s late secretary of state. The event will feature a butterfly release to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and child abuse.

July 19

10 to 11:30 a.m. – Growth Wheel workshop for entrepreneurs, hosted by Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center, will be held at the Sallisaw Career Services office. Attendees will participate in a hands-on, action-oriented program designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages overcome their barriers to growth. For more information, contact Stephen Highers at 918-207-3955.

July 20

10 a.m. – Cultural Tourism presents its Stories on the Square event series on the Capitol Square in the gazebo in Tahlequah. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com or call 877-779-6977.

5 p.m. – Deadline to apply for the Jr. Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, girls ages 13-18, and Little Cherokee Ambassadors Competition, boys and girls ages 4-12. To download the application, visit www.cherokee.org and click on the Cherokee Ambassadors link in the education section of the services tab. For more information on the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, call Reba Bruner at 918-453-5397. For more information on the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, call Kristen Thomas at 918-525-2266.

July 21

Noon – Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach’s Lunch & Learn lecture series presents a presentation and book signing with Cherokee Nation citizen and author Dr. Julie Reed. Reed will be discussing her book “Serving the Nation: Cherokee Sovereignty and Social Welfare, 1800-1907.” The event will be located in the Osiyo Training Room behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah. For more information, contact Catherine Gray at catherine-gray@cherokee.org.

10 to11:30 a.m. – Growth Wheel workshop for entrepreneurs, hosted by Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center, will be held at the Tulsa Career Services in Tulsa. Attendees will participate in a hands-on, action-oriented program designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages overcome their barriers to growth. For more information, contact Stephen Highers at 918-207-3955.

July 26

6 to 8 p.m. –Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard hosts a community meeting at the Jay Community Center. Several Cherokee Nation departments and services will be on site to provide citizens with information on the tribe’s programs and services. Sandwiches and refreshments will be served, with door prizes also given away.

12:30 to 4 p.m. – Cooweescoowee Health Center hosts a blood drive in Ochelata that is open to the public. For more information, call 918-535-6042 or 918-535-6044.

July 27

10 a.m. – Cultural Tourism presents its Stories on the Square event series on the Capitol Square in the gazebo in Tahlequah. For more information, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com or call 877-779-6977.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Vinita Health Center hosts Sports Physical Day for the student-athletes in the area. For more information, call 918256-4822.

July 28

10 to 11:30 a.m. – Growth Wheel workshop for entrepreneurs, hosted by Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center, will be held at the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation office in Claremore. Attendees will participate in a hands-on, action-oriented program designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages overcome their barriers to growth. For more information, contact Stephen Highers at 918-207-3955.

6 to 7:30 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Cancer Survivor Group hosts the group’s monthly meeting at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.  Open to all cancer survivors, family members, and caretakers. For more info, call 918-453-5759.

July 29

7:05 p.m. – Come out to the ballpark and experience Cherokee Nation Night at ONEOK Field as the Tulsa Drillers take on the Arkansas Travelers. Several Cherokee Nation services and departments will be on site to provide fans with information on the tribe’s many programs and services. To purchase tickets, visit www.tulsadrillers.com.