Cherokee Heritage Center

The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Grand Opening a Smash

The Cherokee Heritage Center was privileged to attend the Grand Opening of the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa yesterday. This is simply a magnificent facility, and judging from the crowds of people packed into the place, it will be one of the biggest engines of economy and entertainment in this region. One guest, in praising the quality of the rooms, said that he preferred the Cherokee to Las Vegas.

We were treated to a wonderful lunch and dinner, and in between got to attend a seminar on Cherokee history, taught by Principal Chief Chad Smith. The seminar concluded with a powerful video that talked about the important things at stake as the Cherokee Nation plans for the near and long-term. A day when Cherokee people will broadcast their news and events in the native Cherokee tongue? Not a dream, according to Chief Smith, but a cultural, economic, and social imperative.

Click here for our first photo gallery. Other photos to be posted later.


Anonymous Trenna said...

Thank you for this great information on the Cherokee Heritage. I am doing a school project, and I am using a few of your pictures to reference the project on Cherokee Heritage.


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