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 May, 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.

The Cherokee Nation hosts several events in May, including the annual Volunteer Firefighters Ceremony and the “Read All About It” exhibit at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. See all Cherokee Nation calendar items below.

May 4

10 a.m. – Cherokee Nation Talking Leaves Job Corps hosts facility tours every Thursday in Tahlequah. The public is welcome to tour the facility and learn about the program. For more information, contact johnna-lewis@cherokee.org

May 4–5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cherokee Nation hosts a gravestone workshop led by Jonathan Appell at Tahlequah City Cemetery. The registration fee is $45, lunch will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit www.visitcherokeenation.com.

May 5 

4 to 7 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health hosts “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” at Cherokee Courthouse Square in Tahlequah. The event will feature free food, live performances and door prizes. For more information, call 918-772-4004.

Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum will host the “Read All About It Exhibit” in Tahlequah. This exhibit will display clippings from the Cherokee Advocate. Many features and stories of oddities as they we told in the Cherokee Advocate will be on display during the exhibit, which ends Nov. 24. For more information about the museum or the exhibit, call 877-779-6977.

May 6

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cherokee Heritage Center hosts a Cherokee pottery class in Tahlequah. The class will teach the history and techniques of sculpting effigy pots. The registration fee is $40. For more information, call 918-456-6007.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health hosts Wagoner Family Fun Day at Maple Park in Wagoner. This event features food, games, prescription drug disposal and valuable information about local family resources. The Cherokee Nation Regional Prevention staff will be onsite to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and offer information about the national “Take as Prescribed” initiative. For more information, call 918-207-4977, ext. 7187.

May 8

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Sequoyah High School hosts a public meeting at Sequoyah High School Library in Tahlequah. The meeting will be held in open house format to discuss proposed 2017-2018 Title VI budget and services and receive public comments. For more information, call 918-453-5400.

7 p.m. – The Cherokee Nation hosts its annual Volunteer Firefighters Ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The tribe recognizes five individuals and two departments as the “Volunteer Firefighter of the Year” and “Volunteer Fire Department of the Year,” and also distributes checks to volunteer fire departments in the tribe’s jurisdiction. Last year, the Cherokee Nation gave $455,000 to 130 volunteer and rural fire departments.

May 9

Noon - 1 p.m. –  Cherokee Nation hosts the presentation “Cherokee Advocate Oddities” as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in Tahlequah. For more information, call 877-779-6977.

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach hosts “Turtle Shakers” led by Dorothy Ice, as part of the Cultural Enrichment Series at the Osiyo Training Room in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-4953.

May 10

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Hotel & Casino West Siloam Springs hosts a job fair. Available positions include beverage associate, culinary utility, security guard, EVS attendant, customer service attendant and more. For more information, call 918-453-5723.

1 to 3 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Health Services and Cherokee Nation WIC host “A Celebration for Mothers” at the Cherokee Nation Lactation Center, located at 1234 W 4th Street in Tahlequah. This event will feature games, food and gifts for breastfeeding and expectant mothers. For more information, call 918-453-5591.

May 11

9:30 a.m. – Cherokee Immersion Charter School hosts the 2017 kindergarten graduation ceremony at Sequoyah High School’s The Place Where They Play, located at 17091 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah.

6 p.m. – Cherokee Immersion Charter School hosts the 2017 sixth-grade graduation ceremony at Sequoyah High School’s The Place Where They Play, located at 17091 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah.

6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach hosts a Microsoft Publisher webinar led by Patti Mitchell as part of Technology Thursdays lecture series. The webinar can be viewed on the Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach YouTube channel. For more information, call 918-453-4953.

May 12

8 a.m. – Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE hosts the 5th Annual ONE FIRE Against Violence Benefit Golf Tournament at Cherokee Springs Golf Course in Tahlequah. The event will be a four person scramble with entry fees of $100 per person or $400 per team. All proceeds benefit victims of violence, sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. For more information, call 918-857-9333 or 918-453-718-5562.

1 p.m. – Sequoyah High School theater program hosts the “Sequoyah Drama Variety Show” at The Place Where They Play, located at 17091 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah. The spring show will feature Sequoyah’s most talented drama students in their renditions of everything from Stevie Wonder to Mumford and Sons. For more information, call 918-453-5156.

6 to 8 p.m. – The Cherokee Nation Heritage Center hosts the “Return from Exile” opening reception in Tahlequah. The reception will open the exhibit featuring artwork from an array of southeastern Native artists. For more information, call 918-456-6007.

May 13

The Cherokee Heritage Center hosts the “Return from Exile” Exhibit in Tahlequah. This traveling exhibition features contemporary Southeastern Indian art of more than thirty renowned Native American artists. The exhibit ends Aug. 11. For more information, visit www.cherokeeheritage.org

7 p.m. – Sequoyah High School theater program hosts the “Sequoyah Drama Variety Show” at The Place Where They Play, located at 17091 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah. The spring show will feature Sequoyah’s most talented drama students in their renditions of everything from Stevie Wonder to Mumford and Sons. For more information, call 918-453-5156.

May 15

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

Cherokee Nation Public Health hosts a co-ed kickball tournament at Cherokee Nation’s Male Seminary Recreation Center in Tahlequah. The tournament will be a double elimination bracket. Registration deadline for the tournament is May 11. For more information, call 918-718-4432.

May 16

3 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare will host “Carry on Walk for Foster Care Awareness” at One Fire Field, located west of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. This walk will honor children in foster care and foster care families. For more information, call 918-266-5626 Ext 7727.

6:30 p.m. – Sequoyah High School hosts the 2017 senior class graduation ceremony at The Place Where They Play, located at 17091 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah. For more information, call 918-453-5400.

May 20

1 to 6 p.m. – Cherokee Heritage Center hosts the 18th Annual Gospel Sing in Tahlequah. The event will feature gospel songs in both Cherokee and English, along with a traditional meal. For more information, visit www.cherokeeheritage.org.

May 22

Cherokee Nation will host the annual Summer Food Program at Sequoyah High School Cafeteria in Tahlequah. This program offers a free nutritious breakfast from 7 – 8 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. – noon, for children 18 years and under. Program runs through July 7. For more information, call 918-453-5191.

May 22–23

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center hosts “Putting Together a Winning Request for Proposal” workshop at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee. Workshop is free, but RSVP is required due to limited space. For more information or to RSVP, contact stephen-highers@cherokee.org

May 23

10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach hosts a workshop on managing stress and conflict at the Osiyo Training Room, located behind the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop in Tahlequah. Workshop will be led by Brad Wagnon as part of the Gadel’tiquai Leadership series. For more information, call 918-453-4953.

May 29

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