Siyo and welcome to the official website of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

We invite you to take a look around and find out who we are and why we are known as the Traditional, Historic & Cultural Keetoowah Cherokees.


UKB Offers Monthly Classes on Keetoowah Traditions

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The John Hair Cultural Center & Museum will host a series of monthly spring and summer classes on Keetoowah Traditions. Classes will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UKB Wellness Center. Participants will learn about traditional arts, foods, games, history, and Keetoowah life ways through a series of hands-on workshops, lectures and demonstrations.  A fee of $20 per person and advance registration required. UKB members are free (must present UKB membership card).

  • April 24                     Wild Onion Cooking
  • May 22                     Double Wall Basket Weaving                 
  • June 26                   Marble Game (tentative)
  • July 24                     Introduction to Quilting
  • August 28                Pucker Toe Moccasin Making
  • September 24        Keetoowah History Presentation

The JHCCM opened in October 2011 with a mission to educate the public about the history, customs and traditions of the Keetoowah Cherokee people. 

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  For more information about the Keetoowah Cherokee culture or to register for a class, call 918-772-4389 or visit us at


Sequoyah Alumni Reunion May 2 and 3

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The Sequoyah Alumni Association Re-union is set for May 2 and 3, 2014.  All former students, staff and their families are invited to attend.

The Sequoyah Alumni Association will conduct a Scholarships Benefit, May 2, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Tsa La Gi Community Meeting room.  Fundraising activities include an Indian Taco sale, three auctions, and a cake walk.  All benefit proceeds provide scholarships to three Sequoyah High School graduating seniors each academic year.

A Benefit Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, May 3rd at Cherokee Trails Golf course.  The team format will be a four-man scramble.  At least one of the team members must be an alumnus.  The entry fee is $240 per team. 

First, second and third place prize money (based on the number of teams) will be awarded.  Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m.  The shotgun start is at 9 a.m.  

The annual meeting and picnic is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the recreation room at the Place Where They Play.  The annual banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday evening at the cafeteria. 

Inductees into the Sequoyah Alumni Hall of Fame will be announced during the banquet.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the golf tournament, contact Jefferson Adair at 918-458-0878 and for other information, contact Susan Adair at 918-456-8698.


UKB Participates in Cherokee Days in Washington, D.C.

By Marilyn Craig
Public Relations Coordinator

UKB Museum Director Ernestine Berry stands beside the History of the United Keetoowah Band Panel at the National Museum of the American Indian.

WASHINGTON, D.C. --United Keetoowah Band employees Ernestine Berry, Executive Director of the John Hair Museum and Cultural Center and Della Wolfe, Education department intake specialist and language instructor traveled to Washington, D.C. during the first week of April to participate in Cherokee Days at the National Museum of the American Indian, an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex.

The event featured all three Cherokee tribes – the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  It featured Cherokee language, art, culture, films and history.

Live performances included a traditional dance performance by the Eastern Band of Cherokees and a musical performance by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, as well as flute music, piano music and storytelling.

UKB Language instructor Della Wolfe gives mini-Cherokee lessons at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Educational sessions included Cherokee genealogy, language, and history.  Demonstrations included pottery making, basket weaving, carving and textiles. Those attending had the opportunity to ask questions of the demonstrators in order to gain a better understanding of the skill involved.  UKB Tradition Keeper Dorothy Ice was in attendance and demonstrated textile weaving.  Della Wolfe and Ernestine Berry provided history and language lessons, syllabary charts, language booklets, and John Hair Cultural Center & Museum information booklets.


“It was surprising. Everyone who came to our table was very interested in the language and the history. Most of the people there knew nothing about the United Keetoowah Band,” said Berry. “I was very gratified to share the history of the UKB with the visitors.”

"I want to thank the United Keetoowah Band for sending me as an ambassador to the "Cherokee Days" event at the National Museum of the American Indian.  I enjoyed giving information to the patrons about who the Keetoowah are and what we stand for.  While at the museum I gave mini Cherokee lessons.  It was a joy to hear all the Patrons attempt to say the Cherokee words.  I feel that our time at the museum was a success.  I cannot say enough of how proud I am to have been a part of that gathering of Cherokees with all three Cherokee tribes coming together to share our pride in our strong heritage.  I met so many wonderful people, said Wolfe.

UKB tribal elder and Tradition Keeper Dorothy Ice demonstrates textile weaving at the National Museum of the American Indian.There were several craft making hands on activities that attendees could participate in such as cornhusk dolls, clay medallion making, and mini-stickball sticks.

NMAI director Kevin Gover (Pawnee) said, “We are honored to host this historic joint endeavor of the Cherokee here at the museum.  Their contributions to the national story and history are legendary, but their legacy continues with events like this to teach others about their contemporary tribal successes and how they maintain their culture in the face of a changing cultural landscape.”




United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.