Cherokee Nation supporting new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian

WHAT: Cherokee Nation is making a major contribution to help fund a new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian

WHEN: Thursday, June 9
6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560

WHO: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
NMAI Director Kevin Gover

TULSA, Okla., June 3, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- When the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian opens its new exhibition, "Americans," in fall 2017, it will be due in part to a significant contribution from the Cherokee Nation.

The country's largest tribal nation is the first major contributor to the exhibition that will dispel myths and educate the more than 1.7 million average annual museum visitors about major moments in American history, including the forced removal of Cherokees, known as the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee Nation Businesses, the tribe's holding company, is funding the effort to further its mission of preserving Cherokee culture and history.

This contribution expands a partnership that began in 2014 with Cherokee Days, an annual event centered on Cherokee culture. Storytellers, musicians, artists and leaders interact with the museum's visitors to promote mutual understanding and cultural appreciation. The annual three-day event is free to attend and runs throughout the weekend.

About Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 330,000 citizens, 10,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.

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CONTACT: CHEROKEE NATION Travis Noland (918) 384-6992Source:Cherokee Nation