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.


Attention – Notice Regarding Candidate Filing Deadline

The Gaduwa Cherokee News would like to inform UKB members that there was a misprint in the tribal newspaper concerning filing dates to run in the November 3, 2014 UKB Election for District Representative  or Assistant Chief.  Filing closes on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m.


64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration set for September 13

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. --- The 64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration begins Friday, September 12 with a stomp dance at dusk. 

On Saturday, September 13, there will be a kid’s fishing derby, dignitary breakfast, parade, state of the nation ceremony, hog fry, gospel singing children’s activities, turtle races, make and take crafts along with crafts and food vendors.  There will also be a traditional games including a cornstalk shoot, blowgun shoot, marbles exhibition, and stickball exhibition. 

A special highlight this year is a tent which features the UKB Tradition Keepers, who will demonstrate and sell their crafts.  There will also be a health information tent and health screenings provided by a group of nurses from Florida Atlantic University.

The theme for the 64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration is “We Shall Never Give Up Keetoowah, until all of us join hands and fall to the ground (until we all die).

This is more than a theme, it has been a way of life for the Keetoowah people since time immemorial. Given the trials and challenges to the tribe even to this day, it is as meaningful as ever. 

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is a tribe steeped in tradition, and one that is committed in preserving the history, culture and language of its people.    What is most important to the attendees of the celebration is not the events, the food or the games.  People come to have fellowship and to be together as a tribe.

For more information on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, call 918-431-1818 or 918-456-6533.


Celebration Vendor Information

2014 Celebration Food Vendor Application   |   2014 Celebration Arts & Crafts Vendor Application


Deadline Approaching for Miss & Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Pageant

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is accepting applications for the Miss, and Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee.  The application deadline is Friday, July 18th, 2014.  The pageant will be held on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center, 100 North Water Street, Tahlequah, OK. 

Miss and Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee will represent the tribe as a good-will ambassador during her reign.  Education Scholarships will be awarded to the winner, first, second and third runner ups of $1,500, $1,000, and $500 for Miss Keetoowah Cherokee and $300, $200, and $100 for Junior Miss Keetoowah Cherokee.

The theme for the 64th Annual United Keetoowah Band Celebration will be, “We Shall All Hold Hands”.  Contestants must be between the age of 13 and 17 years old by August 15, 2014 to compete for Jr. Miss, and 18 to 21 by August 15, 2014 to compete for Miss Keetoowah Cherokee. Contestants must be an exclusive UKB Tribal Member and present a copy of Tribal enrollment, show proof of school enrollment, provide two references, must not have been married or cohabitated, no children, and never convicted of a felony.

Pageant applications may be downloaded from the UKB Tribal website at beginning July 1st or picked up at the Federal programs building.  For any questions on the competition, categories or if assistance is needed please call Georgia Dick at (918) 456-8698 or 1-800-259-0093.

Download the application here.

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.