February 20, 2010

Cherokee Capitol is historic landmark

National Park Service awards $150,000 to Cherokee Nation

Grant to help preserve Cherokee National Capitol; built in 1870More than 139 years after its construction, the Cherokee National Capitol still stands and operates as a symbolic landmark for the Cherokee people. Now, through a unique grant sponsored by the National Park Service, Cherokee Nation has received $150,000 to help preserve the 1870-built Capitol for future generations. The building is Cherokee Nation’s only National Historic Landmark.

Awarded by a cooperative municipal program named Save America’s Treasures, the federal money will go toward restoring the building’s roof and foundation, which have significantly deteriorated due to water infiltration. The funds will also aid in the installation of an appropriate drainage system.

The Cherokee National Capitol preservation project is scheduled to begin in 2010. The building currently houses the judicial branch of the Cherokee Nation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Comment:  For more on Cherokee tourism, see Cherokee Nation Offers Tour Package and Cherokee "Living History" Tours.

Below:  International Indian Council (Held at Tahlequah, Indian Territory, In 1843), John Mix Stanley, Oil on Canvas.

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