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49th annual Cherokee National Holiday promises something for everyone

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. ? More than 70,000 people are expected to attend this year's Cherokee National Holiday over the Labor Day weekend. 'Celebrating the Seven Clans' marks the anniversary of the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839.

With more than 30 events planned, those attending the holiday should be able to find something they enjoy, from strolling the grounds of the Cherokee Heritage Center where hundreds of vendors await with everything from paintings to homemade wooden spoons to a hog fry and a traditional stomp dance.

A parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in downtown Tahlequah, followed by a State of the Nation address by Principal Chief Chad Smith on the steps of the Cherokee Nation Courthouse.

There will be special receptions for original enrollees and veterans. Several events are planned for those with adventurous spirits. A traditional cornstalk shoot, fishing, golf and softball tournaments as well as the Cherokee Holiday 8-kilometer run will be held.

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Those wanting more information or the full holiday schedule can visit the Cherokee Nation Web site at