TULSA, Okla., (May 16, 2011) --- Oklahoma is known for its Old West history, folklore and celebrities. Cherokee Nation is set to feature these accounts and more with its Cowboys, Indians and Oil Barons tour scheduled to run Sept. 13-16. Group tour packages are now available; space is limited.

Guests will explore and enjoy a variety of historical sites and engaging entertainment including the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch overlooking Oologah Lake, and J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. In addition, guests will experience a local performance of Oklahoma!, an exclusive western art collection including paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, Prairie Song, Marland Grand Home, and Big Band era music.

“We’ve taken the best of several different genres and created an engaging and informative cultural tour that reaches across northeast Oklahoma,” said Molly Jarvis, Vice President of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “Cowboys, Indians and Oil Barons all played a significant role in shaping Oklahoma as we know it today, both in their own right and collectively.”


Guests will journey back to true cowboy country with a visit to Prairie Song, a frontier village built by descendents of Oklahoman pioneers. The Wild West tour features the calm of longhorn cattle grazing on the bluestem prairie grass that remains untouched by modern man. A visit to Claremore highlights the best in statesmanship, humor and wordsmith from Will Rogers at Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch. And a visit to the world’s largest privately owned gun museum features a gallery of outlaw guns on display at J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. The Cowboy segment of the tour also includes genuine cowboy fare, professional entertainment and unmatched scenic beauty.


Live life as it was throughout Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. Marvel as tales from the 1800s and the first Female Seminary west of the Mississippi come to life in the productions of “Adventures in Indian Territory” and “Under The Cherokee Moon.” Interpretative actors in authentic period dress will portray Cherokee lawmen and outlaws Ned Christie, Zeke Proctor, Belle Starr – and even a teenage Will Rogers. Guests will enjoy interactive storytelling from both sides of the law while experiencing a “Taste of Cherokee,” an authentic cultural dinner presented during the shows.

Oil Barons

Oil Barons begins in Bartlesville, where brothers Frank and LE Phillips hit their first oil gusher. They struck oil in 81 consecutive wells, which led them to an oil baron lifestyle in the early 1900s. Guests will experience Woolaroc, the summer home of Frank Phillips for an intimate look at the fruits of his oil fortunes. A visit to Ponca City will serve up some afternoon tea, which was commonly referred to as a “white glove social.” Guests will meet Mrs. Marland and hear stories of her oilman husband and former governor E.W. Marland. The adventure concludes with an authentic Oil Baron’s Ball at the “Palace of the Prairie” where guests will dress the part and enjoy an evening of entertainment from a bygone era.

The motor coach tour will depart the first two days from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa followed by overnight stays in Bartlesville and Ponca City.

The tour is open to groups at a cost of $425 per person, based on double occupancy and  $566.00 per person, based on single occupancy, which includes 3 nights accommodations, all breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and entertainment and entrance fees to the museums and sites.

For additional information regarding the Cherokee Nation Cowboys, Indians and Oil Barons tour or bookings, please contact Heather Williams at 918-384-7887 or heather.williams@cnent.com.

The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program presents four award-winning tours during the season that runs now through October including the Cherokee History Tour, Will Rogers History Tour, Civil War History Tour and Cherokee Old Settler Tour featuring authentic cultural sites and historic locations. The pricing for the four cultural tours is tiered for adults, seniors, and children ages 4-11 and 3 and younger, and subject to a tribal tax.

Specialty and event related cultural tours are also presented during the season. The event related tours feature a unique, cultural-filled itinerary that showcase Cherokee-focused events such as the Cherokee National Holiday. Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism also offers a variety of specialty tours including a return of History After Dark.

For ticketing, complete tour details and additional information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, and Cherokee Nation Gift Shop information, call (877) 779-6977 or visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.

About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group is managed by Cherokee Nation Entertainment and was created in 2007 to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include developing guided community and educational tours, creating tourism partnerships and programs throughout northeastern Oklahoma, and launching a new Cherokee tourism-specific website. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.

About Cherokee Nation Entertainment
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Entertainment operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, seven Cherokee Casinos, four hotels, two golf courses and many other retail operations in northeastern Oklahoma. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeStarRewards.com.

About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people.  It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Employing more than 8,000 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1 billion. To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.



Cameron Andrews
Pier Communications

Ben Elder
Cherokee Nation Entertainment