Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meet Native America: Cara Cowan Watts, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council

Meet Native American. The National Museum of the American Indian.

"In the interview series Meet Native America, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today." 
-Dennis Zotigh, NMAI 


Cara Cowan Watts (right) and Christy Kingfisher at the Cherokee National Holiday Powwow. Talequah, Oklahoma, 2012. Image Courtesy of Cara Cowan Watts and the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
Cara Cowan Watts (right) and Christy Kingfisher at the Cherokee National Holiday Powwow. Talequah, Oklahoma, 2012. Image Courtesy of Cara Cowan Watts and the National Museum of the American Indian's Blog.
"Where is your nation located? 

The Cherokee Nation is located in all or part of 14 counties in northeastern Oklahoma, and our tribal jurisdiction (which is not a reservation) is approximately 7,000 square miles. I live in Rogers County. The tribe’s capital is Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which is in Cherokee County and more than one hour from Rogers County. All of Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Nowata, Craig, and Mayes counties are within the Cherokee Nation, and a portion of Delaware, Rogers, Ottawa, McIntosh, Muskogee, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties are within the Cherokee Nation.

Where was your nation originally from?

Cherokee lands included parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Today, only three Cherokee governments remain: the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. "

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