Friday, March 20, 2020

Cherokee Nation Temporarily Closes Museums, Retail Operations

With the increasing spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. declared a state of emergency in the Cherokee Nation on Monday as the tribe works to keep employees, citizens and community members safe.

As part of those efforts, all Cherokee Nation museums, retail operations and the Cherokee Heritage Center will temporarily close. 

Temporary operational shutdowns include the Cherokee National History Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum, John Ross Museum and the Cherokee Heritage Center. 

Additional operational shutdowns include Cherokee Nation gift shops in Tahlequah and inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa, as well as Cherokee Nation-owned and -operated welcome centers in Catoosa and Kansas, Okla. 

All properties will remain closed until the end of the month, when the Cherokee Nation will evaluate the safety and feasibility of reopening during this public health crisis.

The 49th annual Trail of Tears art show and sale and the Cherokee Art Market youth competition, both slated to open April 4 at the Cherokee Heritage Center, are also being postponed. This includes the opening reception April 3. 

Employees will continue to be paid during this temporary closure and may be reassigned as necessary over the next few weeks. 

The Cherokee Nation will continue to provide updates at

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