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The Cherokee Nation will visit cities in Arkansas beginning this weekend to meet with citizens of its federally recognized government and give them a chance to upgrade their tribal citizenship cards.

Meetings in Rogers and Van Buren are set for this weekend.

More than 9,000 of the new photo IDs, known as “blue cards,” have been issued in at least seven states since October, the Cherokee Nation said in a statement.

In order to receive the new cards, citizens must bring proof of ID, their citizenship cards and their Certificate Degree of Indian Blood cards, also known as “white cards.”

Meeting date and photo ID locations will be:

  • Rogers: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at McAuley Hall, 1200 W. Walnut St.
  • Van Buren: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Van Buren Library, 1409 Main St.
  • Fort Smith: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s Pendergraft Health Sciences Building (Weidman Center), 5210 Grand Ave.
  • Fayetteville: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2 in Room 328 of the University of Arkansas Law School, 1045 W. Maple St.

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  • Jackabbott
    February 8, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

    Interesting. Are these citizens eligible for or already in Medicad and other US government programs?

    February 8, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

    I would think THEIR government should dole out the programs..

  • PenLR
    February 8, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.

    These are the original American citizens. Any program they participate in will never repay them for stealing their land and lying to them.

  • RBBrittain
    February 8, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.

    Cherokees, like all other Native Americans, are U.S. citizens just like the rest of us. Don't treat them like illegals...

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    February 8, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.

    Good grief. Ever hear about the Trail of Tears?

  • TheBatt
    February 8, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.


    Were the Native Americans dealt a very raw hand (or actually, many)? Yes.

    Did "I" deal them that bad hand? NO

    Did any taxpayer of today deal them the mistreatment? NO

    But it's high-time to decide. Are you a US Citizen, participating in this nation as citizens are called to do, or are you a citizen of the "Cherokee Nation" (or any other Native American "group")? Riding two horses at the same time isn't right either.

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    February 8, 2013 at 4:49 p.m.

    Who said they aren't good citizens? Conceivably better than you or I? [Terrible curse words and name-calling omitted]

  • PenLR
    February 8, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.

    to TheBatt, the treaties that were used to take their land made them the recognized tribe of the Cherokee Nation and gave the reservations where they are legally sovereign. Are you implying they should give up the little bit that hasn't already been taken from them? The tiny bit extra consideration they get is for their tribe members which they legally designate with tribal citizen cards. Don't states issue id cards too?

  • Morgancub
    February 8, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.

    you are all looking down look up here comes the indian /mafia owned casinos !!

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    February 8, 2013 at 10:56 p.m.

    Apparently a fair number of ADG readers are still looking for America as well. You do know that the Cherokee Nation is not some upstart new movement - right?