Arkansas Cherokee Nation is preparing to file for Federal recognition as an Indian tribe in the State of Arkansas through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. At a meeting Dec. 1 in Dardanelle, Ark., at the Council Oaks (which is the location the Cherokee have met at since the 1700s), the Arkansas Cherokee Nation Board of Elders elected and swore in the Governing Body.

The Governing Body then signed a letter of intent to petition the BIA. The Arkansas Cherokee Nation was greeted in Dardanelle by the mayor and historical society as well as several other public officials. 

Any organization interested in teaming up with the Arkansas Cherokee Nation to provide assistance to needy families and individuals is asked to contact arkansascherokee@conwaycorp.net.

For more information, log on to www.arkansascherokee.us.

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