"Siyo!" is how we say "hello."
Welcome to the official website for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma! We are a sovereign nation headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and one of only three federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the United States.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only schedule THROUGH Oct. 1
Per the UKB Tribal Council, the UKB Tribal Offices will be extending the closure and limit on our services through October 1st. This is to ensure the well-being of UKB employees and tribal members amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This order is effective IMMEDIATELY and will be reassessed when needed. Several of our departments are closed or have a skeleton crew of essential personnel reporting on TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS ONLY from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to complete any necessary tribal business.
There will be an inevitable delay on service processing times due to our current schedule. Please reach out as quickly as possible if you suspect you may need services. This is especially true of our Keetoowah Tag Agency.
For more on specific departments, please scroll to the right. Hovering your mouse over the information will stop it from scrolling so that you may read. Wado!
Traditional. Enduring. HISTORY.
"Ani-gi-du-wa-gi" is our original name.
Our stories tell us that our name "Anigiduwagi" was given to us by the Creator after seven of the wisest Cherokee men fasted for seven days and nights atop a high peak. Today it is written as "Keetoowah" or "Kituwah" and pronounced as: "Kih-too-wah."
We are also known as the Western Cherokee, or Old Settlers, as many of us were already moving west to avoid U.S. encroachment before the Trail of Tears officially began.