Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Building is located on Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., and once housed the judicial branch of the Cherokee Nation and Indian Territory/Oklahoma’s first newspaper, The Cherokee Advocate.
The museum will formally operate as Cherokee Nation’s first wholly owned and operated museum to showcase artifacts in three aspects of Cherokee history including the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers and the Cherokee language. Artifacts ranging from photos, stories and objects to furniture, periodicals and memorabilia will visually communicate the ability of the Cherokee people to survive, adapt, prosper and excel.
The Cherokee National Supreme Court Building is Oklahoma’s oldest public building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
•Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
•David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment.
•Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of Oklahoma Historical Society.
•Ron Stahl, Co-host of Discover Oklahoma and Representative of Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum Dedication. The ceremony will recognize the historical significance of the Cherokee National Supreme Court Building as an icon of Indian Territory and Oklahoma today.
Also a proclamation presentation from the State of Oklahoma recognizing the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum as an “Outstanding Historical Tourism Site.”
122 E. Keetoowah St., Tahlequah, OK 74464.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 11 am to 12 pm.