Trace Your Cherokee Roots in Claremore!

The Cherokee Family Research Center at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla., has resources to assist people with their Cherokee genealogy research. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Gene Norris of the Cherokee Heritage Center to present, “Cherokee Genealogy: A Beginners Guide; The Dawes Final Roll and Public Misconceptions; My Great-Great-Grandma Was a Cherokee Princess and Other Misconceptions; and Cherokee Old Settlers in Arkansas.”
The Rogers County Cherokee Association (RCCA) will meet on Sunday, August 13, at 2:00 pm for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
The Cherokee Business Moment includes a two-minute brief presentation by a local Cherokee owned and operated business during the meeting.
An RCCA member will provide light refreshments to nourish attendees.
“Open to the public, all Cherokees and their families are encouraged to attend and join in RCCA activities,” said Cara Cowan Watts, RCCA President. “Tribal citizens of all ages are included.”
Gene Norris is a genealogist at the Cherokee Family Research Center within the Cherokee Heritage Center.
After a brief business agenda, Gene will present about common myths concerning Cherokee genealogy and the infamous Cherokee Princess so many families insist they are descended from with their high cheekbones and more.  After the presentation, Gene will answer questions.
If you want to learn where to begin researching your family tree or determine how to find the missing branch, Gene Norris is an expert on Cherokee families and the Dawes Rolls.  This is a must see presentation to settle family debates and determine fact from family myths.
Cherokee Nation citizens who are 18 years of age or older qualify for paid membership in RCCA which allows them to vote as members of the organization and hold leadership positions.
RCCA was established in 2003. After searching for consistent meeting space, the community pursued grants and raised money to purchase land and worked together to build a community center. Fourteen years later they continue to be served by the building they built together and maintain.
Each meeting consists of a brief business meeting for the non-profit, questions and answers with Rogers County’s Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Members Buel Anglen, Janees Taylor and Keith Austin as well as a cultural or government presentation. 
Look for RCCA membership outreach booths in September at the upcoming Cherokee National Holiday, Claremore Chili Festival, and Rogers County Fair.
RCCA will return to their normal meeting schedule on Sunday, October 8, 2017, with Dr. Hugh Foley of Rogers State University presenting his documentary on Native American mascots in Oklahoma schools.  In addition, Cherokee Nation Health Services will be providing free flu shots to Cherokee Nation citizens and their families.
RCCA meets monthly except September and December on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm.  RCCA meets in their own building located in Tiawah, OK at 15488 East 523 Road, Claremore, OK 74019 which is East of Tiawah-Justus School’s North campus.
To learn more about RCCA, visit the RCCA website at or Facebook ‘Rogers County Cherokees.’  To contact RCCA, email, mail P.O. Box 142, Claremore, OK  74018 or call (539) 777-2898.