Cherokee County


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Welcome to Cherokee County. My name is Jeff Smith , the County Coordinator and Archivist for Cherokee County.
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"The Cherokee Seal was adopted in 1871 by Act of the Cherokee National Council. The seven pointed star in the center symbolizes the seven Cherokee clans and the sacred number seven. Oak leaves around the star symbolize the sacred, eternal fire made from oak.   The authority of the seal is written in English and Cherokee. The syllabary words are Tsa-la-gi-yi A-ye-hli, 'The Cherokee Nation.' The date, September 6, 1839 is the date of the adoption of the constitution of the Cherokee Nation West" [i.e. after the Trail of Tears]. 


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proudest little possession I ever
hope to have".


Cherokee County District Court
213 W. Delaware
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Telephone: (918) 456-0691

Cherokee National Capitol built in 1867
Located in the Center of Tahlequah

Cherokee County was created from the Tahlequah District in the Cherokee Nation when Indian and Oklahoma Territories were joined to form the State of Oklahoma in 1907. It is located in northeastern Oklahoma in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, near the Illinois River and Lake Tenkiller. The Cherokee Nation occupied these lands as early as the 1830s. In 1838, the Cherokee were forcibly removed from their tribal lands in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama to Indian Territory (Now Oklahoma).
This tragic event is commonly known as "The Trail of Tears".

The county capital of Tahlequah boasts to several historical sites. It is the home of Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Arts and Crafts Center.
Cherokee government buildings still standing are the Capitol (1867-70),
the National Prison (1874), and the Supreme Court (1844); and
Murrell Home (1844) in Park Hill
is a fine example of an antebellum mansion.


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This page was last updated on 07/08/13

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