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The Cherokee Nation Region is located in the state of Oklahoma, near the right-hand corner, bordering the states of Missouri and Arkansas. Within that boundaries, the Cherokee Nation resides, serving as the focal point of the destination. The Cherokee Nation is the largest recognized Cherokee Indian tribe in the United States. It offers cultural activities for residents and tourists to go along with the area serving as a residential piece for the native Cherokee Indians. Muskogee and Tahlequah, OK, are the most populous cities in the region. Each city showcases the Native American heritage found in the area and other attractions, such as various museums and the USS Batfish, a former World War II submarine. The Honor Heights Park is a dedicated World War I park found in the city of Muskogee that offers a butterfly pavilion overlooking the water as well as various walking trails for guests to explore. This park is also known for its azaleas, which are a specific type of shrub. Each year, the city of Muskogee holds an Azalea Festival in the month of April, where the town celebrates the blooming of these azaleas, along with various parades and other celebratory activities. Another popular attraction, the USS Batfish, gives tours of an old World War II submarine. The USS Batfish is known for having 14 confirmed kills, with a record-breaking three enemy submarines. The climate in Oklahoma is listed as warm and humid, with the months of May through September listed as the peak travel season. In the offseason, October through April, the area decreases in temperature and brings in an average of six inches of snow.
Known for being the largest Cherokee Indian Reserve, the Cherokee Nation Region includes various attractions outside of the Native American cultural activities often found in the surrounding area. Over 100,000 annual visitors visit the Cherokee Nation, with visitors coming from all over the world, but primarily throughout the states of the United States of America. Approximately 141,000 tribe members live in the boundaries of Oklahoma, with over 380,000 tribe members located throughout the United States.
Tourists and residents often visit the Cherokee Nation Region for the city of Muskogee, which holds the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, which honors Oklahoma native singers and bands. Each year, inductees are presented as well as perform in the city of Muskogee. Another attraction found within the city of Muskogee is the Castel of Muskogee. This time-piece entertainment showcases the Renaissance era by hosting various fairs throughout the year as well as having fireworks, Zombie runs, Halloween festivals, Boare's Head Feaste, and a Castle Christmas event.
The peak travel season in the destination is listed as the months of May through September, where the weather is listed as being warm and humid, with popular activities including water parks, walking, and hiking trails, and more. The top employers in the city of Muskogee include the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital. The city of Tahlequah presents a variety of Native American cultural activities, including the Cherokee National Prison Museum and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. Within the city, river boating is a popular activity, with access to the Illinois River being found near the city of Tahlequah.
The destination includes the right-hand corner of the state of Oklahoma near the borders of Missouri and Arkansas. The Cherokee Nation, a popular native American tribal point, is located in the area. Tahlequah and Muskogee are the most populous cities within the boundaries. Highways 59, 62, 64, and 412 run throughout the region, giving tourists and residents access to various parts of the state of Oklahoma. The zone ends its southern border near the city of Sallisaw, with the eastern borders ending at the city of Siloam Springs. The western edge ends at approximately 10-15 miles out of Muskogee, and the northern borders land at approximately 10-15 miles out of the cities of Vinita and Grove. Interstate 40 is the local interstate that connects travelers to various parts of the state and is the only interstate that channels through the destination.
The weather in the area averages out at 72 degrees Fahrenheit annually, with the peak travel occurring during the months of May through September, where the weather averages at 88 degrees Fahrenheit. During the offseason, listed as October through April, the weather averages at 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout the year, the Cherokee Nation Region receives 69 days of precipitation on average, with the highest months including the months of May, where it averages nine days of rain. April and June average seven days of rain individually, making up the second-highest months.
Animals that are local to the state of Oklahoma include several types of bats, such as the gray bat, Indiana bat, big brown bat, and more. Other animals include the armadillos, woodchucks, porcupines, skunks, and various types of mice. Snakes, turtles, crows, sparrows, bluebirds, and wrens are found inhabiting the sky and ground. Plants in the area include azaleas, junipers, maple trees, Ohio buckeye, junebush, and more.
Based on tribal history, the Cherokee Nation has existed since time immemorial, a point in time that was so long ago that people have no knowledge or memory of it. The first recorded contact with Europeans occurred during 1540 with Hernando DeSoto's exploration of the country's southeastern portion. Treaties were signed between these Europeans and the Cherokees in 1725, with several of the tribe members choosing to become Christians based on the influence of missionaries and other European travelers. Throughout the next centuries, the Cherokee Nation was involved in various treaties with the United States of America, moving around the area due to land loss and the Civil War.
During 1907, when Oklahoma officially became a state, resistance from the Cherokee Nation occurred based on the tribal members being forced to follow a new government and laws of the land. It wasn't until the 1960s Civil Rights Movement that the Cherokee tribe took part in trying to gain back those rights of government and laws that they used to own. With the passing of the Principal Chief's Act of 1970, the Cherokees, among other Native American tribes, were granted the right to take back their government and properly elect tribal officials once again. In 1971, the Cherokee Nation's first election in the last 70 years was held, with a new Constitution ratified in 1975. Cherokee Indians make up a significant portion of the ethnic groups in the area, with others including White(Non-Hispanic), Alaskan Native, White(Hispanic), and Black or African American. Approximately 200,000 people live within the region, with the largest universities including the Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee, Bacone College, and Virgil's Beauty College.
Peyton's Place Resort is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Tahlequah is a unique place to visit with rolling hills and many outdoor attractions to see. Peyton's Place Resort is located among the foothills of the Boston Mountains. The Boston Mountains range from northwestern Arkansas to northeastern Oklahoma. The Illinois River is another outdoor attraction that draws many people to Tahlequah. It is a 145-mile river that flows into the Arkansas River. Tahlequah is known for its rich history in the Cherokee Nation. Many people come to visit the Cherokee Heritage Center and learn more about the culture and history of the Native Americans....Read More
Marina Del Rey Resort Grand Lakes O' the Cherokees
Marina Del Rey Resort Grand Lake O' the Cherokees is located on the outskirts of Afton, Oklahoma, and found on the edge of Grand Lake O' the Cherokees. The business offers five cabins, one cottage, and twenty-five RV sites, the latter of which are found in a separate location. Some of the amenities that every RV site is equipped with include water hookups, electrical hookups, access to a dump station, a fire pit, and a picnic table. It should also be noted that several boat slips are available for people to rent. Boat slips come free with a cabin reservation, however, an additional cost for a boat slip is required with the reservation of an RV site....Read More