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Cherokee Holiday Event Honors Military Service

The Cherokee Nation will honor its American Indian veterans September 3 during the 59th Cherokee National Holiday.
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It’s often reported that American Indians have strongly represented tribal nations in the United States military. With the largest enlistments on a per capita basis, the warrior spirit is alive and well. A chunk of these soldiers have identified themselves as Cherokee—47,265 since the 1990 census.

And this holiday weekend the Cherokee Nation will be honoring its contingent of service men and women at the 59th Cherokee National Holiday on September 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sequoyah School’s Place Where They Play, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Rogan Noble, Cherokee Nation Veterans representative said he expects around 200 people to attend the family and cultural event. Veterans from all eras and military branches and state and federal dignitaries will be on hand for the fifth year event.

“Warriors have always been held in high regard,” Noble said. “If not for them, we would not have this great Nation. They have always defended and protected their families and their homeland even before they were citizens of the U.S.”

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This year 20 Eastern Band Cherokees from Cherokee, North Carolina will join acting Nation Principal Chief S Joe Crittenden in welcoming attendees. Families can enjoy musical selections from the Cherokee National Youth Choir and Christina Hanvey, meet 2011 Miss Cherokee and tribal council members.

According to tribal press release, representatives will be on hand for the event from the VA Regional Office in Muskogee, Jack C. Montgomery VA Hospital, and Fort Gibson National Cemetery to answer questions and offer veterans benefits assistance at the reception. Noble said that veterans usually want to know about any new or pending changes to the benefits packages.