San Diego Cherokee
Community Newsletter
Issue 1
July 2007
Cherokee National Holiday
The 55
Annual Cherokee National Holiday
is Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, in
Tahlequah, OK. This year’s theme is
“Common Values Common Ground” in
commemoration of Oklahoma History.
The Cherokee National Holiday has been
held since 1953 in tribute of the signing of
the 1839 Cherokee constitution. It has
grown into one of the largest event in
Oklahoma. It attracts over 100,000 visitors
from across the world.
The events include a parade, powwow,
music, food, cultural arts and crafts, native
games, competitive athletic events and even
a car and bike show. There should be
something for everyone no matter what the
2001 Parade - Photo by Phil Konstantin
Tahlequah is nestled in the Cookson Hills
between the Illinois River and Lake
Want Some Fun & Excitement
With Other Cherokees?
Virginia Hall is trying to get a group of
people together and attend the Cherokee
National Holiday this year. Reservations
need to be made very soon, because there
will be of lot of visitors in Tahlequah during
the Cherokee Holiday. Maybe rides, motel
rooms, etc. can be shared. If anyone is
interested, please call Virginia at 619-426-
8396 or email her at
Election Results
The June 23 election shows Principal Chief
Chad Smith has beaten challenger Stacy
Leeds with 59% of the vote. Deputy Chief
Joe Grayson Jr. defeated Raymond Vann
with 61% of the votes cast.
The At-Large District, seat 1, saw Julia
Coates defeat Taylor Keen with 74%. For
seat 2, Jack D. Baker retained his seat with
75% of the vote over Sean R. Nordwall.
The resolution affirming the 2003
Constitutional Amendment which removed
the federal approval requirement from the
Cherokee Nation’s Constitution passed with
67% of the vote.