TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
Cherokee Nation citizens living in the Houston area will be among the first to receive the tribe’s new photo ID citizenship cards Saturday. The mobile registration group has visited cities in California, Arizona and New Mexico since October. Next stops are Wichita and Kansas City.
“Producing a government-issued, photo ID helps to instill a greater sense of pride in our people, and we’re happy to bring this service to our Cherokees living outside of Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “I’ve presented my photo tribal citizenship card at several major airports, and even to the U.S. Secret Service, and experienced no problems whatsoever.”
The tribe began issuing the photo ID citizenship cards, similar in appearance to a driver’s license, on Oct. 1. So far, nearly 5,000 cards have been issued to citizens both in and outside of Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation is the largest tribe in the U.S. with more than 300,000 citizens, including 15,000 in Texas.
The new citizenship photo ID cards are being issued in conjunction with a meeting of Houston-area Cherokee citizens. The group will meet at the following time and location:
Saturday, Dec. 1
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. General Meeting
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cherokee Nation Photo IDs
More than a year of planning and design was required to transform the tribal citizenship cards, also known as “blue cards,” into photo IDs. The tribe consulted with members of the Five Civilized Tribes and gathered input from other tribes that had upgraded to photo ID cards. The upgraded citizenship cards feature a citizen’s Cherokee Nation registration number, official registrar signature, the citizen’s photo and signature, Principal Chief’s signature and a distinctive Cherokee Nation hologram seal for validation. Citizens may also opt for their official Bureau of Indian Affairs Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) on the back of the card.
Children 12 and younger can get a new photo ID but must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the card. Upgrading to a photo ID is free. At-large citizens should bring a valid ID and previously issued citizenship or CDIB card, if available.
For more information contact the Cherokee Nation registration department at 918-458-6980 or registration(at)cherokee(dot)org.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 300,000 citizens, more than 8,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeast Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.
To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.