Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

Common Questions

Are Cherokee Nation vehicle tags recognized by state and federal agencies?

Cherokee Nation began its motor vehicle tag program in 2001 and now tags all types of vehicles for its citizens living in Oklahoma. The tags are recognized by both state and federal agencies.

How many enrolled citizens does Cherokee Nation have?

There are more than 400,000 Cherokee Nation citizens.

Does Cherokee Nation have a minimum blood quantum?

Cherokee Nation’s citizenship laws are based on legal documentation demonstrating a direct tie to the tribe, with no blood quantum.

Are Cherokee Nation citizens U.S. citizens?

Yes. Cherokee Nation citizens hold dual citizenship in the Cherokee Nation and whatever their primary country of residence is. Most Cherokee Nation citizens live in the U.S. although we have citizens around the world.

How are Cherokee Nation programs funded?

Cherokee Nation’s programs and services are funded through a number of revenue sources, including dividends from our businesses (including casinos), grants and taxes, such as our motor fuels and vehicle tag programs.

What languages do Cherokees speak?

Most Cherokees speak English as their primary language. However, many are also varying degrees of fluency in the Cherokee language. They may also speak other languages, including Spanish.

How can I learn to speak Cherokee?

There are a variety of ways to learn the Cherokee language. We offer live online classes as well as community-based classes. We also operate an immersion Cherokee language school for K through 6th grade. Additionally, there are numerous language resources on our website (see the Language section) and in our Gift Shop.