Recognized for its cultural tourism program and preservation efforts
True West editors determine winners for this annual award based on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events and promotions of historic resources.
“The Cherokee have made it their mission to preserve their culture and hand it down to future generations,” said True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “Their heritage is a proud one–and their efforts to keep it alive deserve honors.”
In January 2009, Cherokee Nation created a cultural tourism program with genuine Cherokee perspective and cultural experiences that is distinctively branded: “Osiyo, Cherokees Say Hello Like No One Else.” The foundation of the tourism program rests in its cultural, historical, natural and recreational resources of the Cherokee Nation, which includes the 14-county area located in northeastern Oklahoma that spans 7,000 square miles.
For more on the subject, see Cherokee Capitol Is Historic Landmark and Cherokee Nation Offers Tour Package.