Greater Tulsa Cherokees (GTC) is a new Cherokee Community for At-Large members of the Cherokee Tribe. All Cherokees who are registered members of the Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokees and the United Keetoowah Band are invited to be part of this new community as well as friends and relatives. The Greater Tulsa area includes but is not limited to Tulsa (citizens who live south of Admiral), Jenks, Broken Arrow, Glenpool and Bixby.
A historic Cherokee Celebration Day for the Greater Tulsa Cherokees was held on September 10, 2016, at the The University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, Schusterman Center. We had 400 plus who came and enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch, registered for their Fish and Wildlife free license, many registered to vote for the first time, there was information about job opportunities from the Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation Career Services.
Everyone enjoyed meeting our own Cherokee National Treasures, Lorene Drywater and Tommy Wildcat. Candice Byrd entertained our citizens with her beautiful Cherokee stories. Brian Jackson, the “I Believe Guy” inspired all to be believe that anything is possible. Don Stroud gave a very moving message to our Cherokee Veterans. Linda Leaf-Bolin, Candice Byrd, Kim Teehee and Mark Wilson gave our blessing for our meal in song by singing Amazing Grace in Cherokee. Chief Baker encouraged our Greater Tulsa Community by informing all of the great things that is going within the Nation. Thanks to Secretary Hoskin, our Tribal Councilors, Assistant Secretary of Native American Affairs, Brian Hendrix and all of our guests, volunteers and citizens for being with us on this historic day!
Special thanks to the CN Community and Cultural Department, Brad Wagnon, Chris Welch and Tammy Miller for coming and helping with the meal, giving our citizens great information and bringing door prizes. Thanks to CCO Director Rob Daughterty for his support in helping to bring this event to our Greater Tulsa Community. Sincere appreciation to Jack Baker and Wanda Hatfield, our At Large Tribal Councilors for their support and bringing us door prizes.
For more information on the Cherokee Nation At-Large Communities please clink on this link: CherokeesAtLarge.org