Siyo and welcome to the official website of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

We invite you to take a look around and find out who we are and why we are known as the Traditional, Historic & Cultural Keetoowah Cherokees.


UKB Releases Official Candidate List for 2014 Election Cycle

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma’s Election Board has released the Official List of Candidates for the 2014 Election.  Nine district representatives will be elected and will serve two year terms beginning in January 2015. 

A special election for Assistant Chief will be held to fill the vacated office for the remainder of the four year term.  The office was vacated with the passing of the late Charles Locust.

The UKB Election will be held on Monday, November 3rd.  For more information, contact the UKB Election Board at 918-456-8421.

Candidates include:


DELAWARE DISTRICT: Jerry Hansen and Adalene Smith

FLINT DISTRICT: Tom Duncan and Woodrow Proctor

GOINGSNAKE DISTRICT: William Christie and Marcella Foreman



SEQUOYAH DISTRICT: Barry Dotson and George McCoy

TAHLEQUAH DISTRICT: Betty Holcomb, Anile Locust, James Reese, and JC Wilson

ASSISTANT CHIEF: Susan Adair, Elizabeth Bird, Joe Bunch, and Dallas Proctor


UKB 2014 Polling Places

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians November 2014 Election precinct locations have been announced.  Polls will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.  View the precinct list.


Attention – Notice Regarding Candidate Filing Deadline

The Gaduwa Cherokee News would like to inform UKB members that there was a misprint in the tribal newspaper concerning filing dates to run in the November 3, 2014 UKB Election for District Representative  or Assistant Chief.  Filing closes on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m.


64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration set for September 13

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. --- The 64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration begins Friday, September 12 with a stomp dance at dusk. 

On Saturday, September 13, there will be a kid’s fishing derby, dignitary breakfast, parade, state of the nation ceremony, hog fry, gospel singing children’s activities, turtle races, make and take crafts along with crafts and food vendors.  There will also be a traditional games including a cornstalk shoot, blowgun shoot, marbles exhibition, and stickball exhibition. 

A special highlight this year is a tent which features the UKB Tradition Keepers, who will demonstrate and sell their crafts.  There will also be a health information tent and health screenings provided by a group of nurses from Florida Atlantic University.

The theme for the 64th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration is “We Shall Never Give Up Keetoowah, until all of us join hands and fall to the ground (until we all die).

This is more than a theme, it has been a way of life for the Keetoowah people since time immemorial. Given the trials and challenges to the tribe even to this day, it is as meaningful as ever. 

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is a tribe steeped in tradition, and one that is committed in preserving the history, culture and language of its people.    What is most important to the attendees of the celebration is not the events, the food or the games.  People come to have fellowship and to be together as a tribe.

For more information on the Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, call 918-431-1818 or 918-456-6533.

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.