Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

January 8, 2013

Symbol of sovereignty

TAHLEQUAH — By this time next year, the Cherokee Nation Capitol building will be restored to its 1869 state, complete with the cupola on top.

Tribal officials on Monday announced plans for the project, the third restoration within a three-block area in downtown Tahlequah to occur in recent years.

“Many great decisions have been made in this building,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “And many more are still being decided. As principal chief and tribal councilors, we take an oath to preserve our education, history and culture. If we have one symbol of our sovereignty, this is it.”

The capitol, which now houses the judicial branch of the tribe, was built in 1869 and occupied by all three branches of government prior to statehood. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a National Landmark.

Baker said project directors plan to preserve as many pieces of the original building as possible, only replicating those beyond repair.

“Now, it’s nothing to visit a 600-year-old building in Europe,” said Baker. “But a 140-year-old building is a big deal in Cherokee country. It’s my hope, in 500 years, Cherokees can stand in this building and appreciate their history and culture.”

Work is scheduled to be completed by this summer. The project will preserve the  historic building’s existing materials and restore the historic character of the building.

Plans include roof repairs with new decking and historic-era shingles, restoration of soffits and fascia, a new gutter system, and the cupola.

The project also calls for adding new doors and windows, a new back porch and exterior waterproofing for the building’s foundation.

“When Cultural Tourism came and said we had the money to do this, I asked we put it back with the cupola on top,” said Baker. “They assured me this would be possible.”

Officials attending the ceremony included Tribal Councilors Joe Byrd and Lee Keener, and CN Supreme Court Justices Darrell Dowty, Angela Jones, James Wilcoxen, John Garrett and Troy Poteet.

The preservation of the Cherokee National has been financed in part with federal funds from the Save America’s Treasures program, which is administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior.

Other CN Tourism restoration projects include the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Museum and the Cherokee National Prison.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • CN, UKB battle over trust land application

    Two Tahlequah-based tribes presented oral arguments Friday in a protracted fight over a land-in-trust application.

    Over the course of five hours, attorneys for the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Department of the Interior made their cases before Northern District Judge Gregory Frizzell in a hearing that was originally scheduled for February.

     

    July 25, 2014

  • ts-NSU-Main-1-a.jpg No NSU pool, for now

    NSU experiencing delays in fitness center construction

    Earlier this month, Northeastern State University announced it is experiencing delays in the renovation of its fitness center and pool.
    The facility was officially shuttered Sept. 17, 2012, and at the time, the projected completion date for renovation was this fall.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • jn-Suspect-1.jpg Officials: Images of suspects may help nab church burglars

    Cherokee County investigators hope surveillance footage captured around the Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Woodall helps lead to the suspects accused of breaking into the complex and setting fire to one building this week.
    According to Undersheriff Jason Chennault, cameras captured footage of two suspects on bicycles early Tuesday morning, July 22.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw-movie-night.jpg Local library hosts family movie night

    Nova Foreman and her two daughters were about to leave the Tahlequah Public Library Thursday, when they saw the Family Movie Night flyer.
    The three decided to stay and enjoy a movie they had not yet seen at the free, theater-like event.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Keys.jpg Grant to fund stepped-up Keys PE program

    Kair Ridenhour’s new office is filled with pedometers.
    Ridenhour officially started his new position as assistant elementary principal at Keys Public Schools on July 1.
    But his other role at the school – that of physical education project coordinator – prompted the influx of pedometers.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • jn cvbc fire.jpg Church catches fire after burglaries

    Authorities are looking for the person accused of breaking into the Crescent Valley Baptist Church two times this week and likely causing a fire that damaged the youth building early Wednesday morning.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw Humane photo.tif More volunteers needed to house strays, help with spay-and-neuter

    Furry friends may seem like the perfect addition to round out a family.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marijuana, seeds lead to four arrests

    Four people were arrested on marijuana related charges early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop on South Muskogee Avenue.

    July 24, 2014

  • Sex offender found living in tent at river

    Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators arrested a convicted sex offender this week when they discovered he has been living in a tent along the river.

    July 24, 2014

  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Stocks