Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal leaders will host a luncheon and offer new tribal citizenship photo IDs this weekend to Cherokee citizens living in the Suisun City area.
The luncheon will be held Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Rd. in Suisun City.
With 18,865 Cherokees Nation living in California, the nation wants to meet with at-large Cherokee citizens about tribal issues and programs, as well as offer some of the same benefits as tribal citizens have in Oklahoma, such as photo ID citizenship cards, Chief Baker said.
The photo ID cards will be issued during the community meeting and luncheon attended by Chief Baker.
“Producing a government-issued, photo ID helps to instill a greater sense of pride in our people, and we’re happy to bring this service to our Cherokees living outside of Oklahoma,” Chief Baker said. “I’ve presented my photo tribal citizenship card at several major airports, and even to the U.S. Secret Service, and experienced no problems whatsoever.”
Since October 2012, Cherokee Nation’s registration department has issued more than 36,000 of the upgraded citizenship “blue cards” in Oklahoma and 11 other states, as well as Washington, D.C.
The tribe’s upgraded photo ID citizenship cards are similar in appearance to a driver’s license. It features the citizen’s Cherokee Nation registration number, official registrar signature, citizen’s photo and signature, Principal Chief’s signature, and a distinctive Cherokee Nation hologram seal for validation. Citizens can opt for their official Bureau of Indian Affairs Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) on the back of the card.