Over 100,000 Expected at Cherokee National Holiday Celebration

Over 100,000 people are expected this weekend in Tahlequah at the Cherokee National Holiday as the Cherokee Nation celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Cherokee Constitution and the Trail of Tears.

A powwow at 5 p.m. today at the Cherokee Cultural Grounds at West 810 Road in Tahlequah will be one of the largest powwows the United States has to offer.

"The annual Cherokee National Holiday is a weekend celebration of our tribe's history, heritage and hospitality, and it's a true homecoming for Cherokee citizens. We expect another record crowd of friends, family and visitors again this year," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

"This 62nd annual holiday is especially significant because we will commemorate the 175th anniversary of the end of the Trail of Tears. Our ancestors never gave up, and today the Cherokee Nation is stronger than at any time in our history. That's something for all to be proud of and to celebrate," Baker said.

Over 100 Native American vendors will be on hand and festival-goers will be able to try their hand at stickball.

The event runs through Sunday.