of Oklahoma Big Lie
By: Chad Smith, We are the Cherokee Nation
This year's theme is "The Cherokee Nation Continues in Full Force and Effect," in commemoration of the Act of 1906. This act provided that the tribal constitutional governments of the Five Tribes should continue "in full force and effect," thus ensuring continuous tribal sovereignty.
"It's a great myth that the Five Tribes-and tribes in Oklahoma-went away when Oklahoma became a state," said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "Congress acknowledged the constitutional governments of the Five Tribes, the same governments that came across the Trail of Tears and created great civilizations in Indian Territory."
The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in tribute of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. It has grown into one of the largest events in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world.
The Holiday will get underway on
Friday, September 1, and will
offer a variety of activities that everyone in the whole family can
enjoy. This year's events include a parade, powwow, music, food,
cultural arts and crafts, native games, competitive athletic events,
and even a car and bike show. There is a little something for everyone
at the Cherokee National Holiday.
The Banners Do Not Lie The Cherokee Nation Is In Full Force And Effect And Continues on.
By: David Cornsilk
Nation was organized as a
terms of the 1839 Constitution by a delegation of the inherent
authority of the Cherokee people to govern themselves. That right has
reaffirmed time and again by the courts and Congress.