Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cherokee Nation Celebrates Holiday

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cherokee Nation Celebrates Holiday

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TAHLEQUAH - More than 100,000 people are expected to travel to Tahlequah for the Cherokee Nation's annual cultural and arts festival on Labor Day weekend.

Activities Sept. 2-4 will include an intertribal powwow, parade, arts and crafts vendors, a 5K run and a children's fishing derby.

The celebration commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839, which re-established the Cherokee Nation government in Indian Territory after forced removal from the Cherokees' original homelands in the Southeast.

"This year's Cherokee National Holiday theme, Stewards of our Land, is a reminder that Cherokee people have, since time immemorial, protected our earth and safeguarded our precious natural resources," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. …

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