the United Keetoowah Band of
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma
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.