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Group forms for Cherokees in Kern County

RIDGECREST, Calif. – An organization has formed for Cherokee people living in Kern County.

The Cherokee Citizens Community meets regularly in Ridgecrest. It’s a new association for all registered, interested and self-declared Cherokee Indians living in the Indian Wells Valley and surrounding area of Kern County.

At a meeting March 18, participants began planning future events, including an annual picnic and a Cherokee language class. Participants included citizens of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In addition, Cherokees living in Kern County hosted a gathering April 24 at Hart Park in Bakersfield.

For more information about future Cherokee Citizens Community meetings and events, call Little Deer Durvin at (760) 446-3414.

Richard Walker is a correspondent with roots in the Kern River Valley. Contact him at