TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (March 21, 2011) --- The Cherokee National Historical Society has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator.

The Cherokee National Historical Society, which established and operates the Cherokee Heritage Center, was recognized for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.

“Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that Cherokee National Historical Society executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America,” stated Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator concluded that this “exceptional” designation differentiates Cherokee National Historical Society from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

“This recognition is a major distinction and validation in the nonprofit world,” said Carey Tilley, Executive Director at the Cherokee Heritage Center. “It demonstrates our strong standing in our industry and clearly identifies us as one of the more successful nonprofits in the country.”

The Cherokee National Historical Society is now among the 25 percent of nonprofits in the United States to receive a four-star rating and is authorized to use the Charity Navigator four-star logo in its fundraising and marketing efforts.

For information on the 2011 season and programs, please contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007, email at info@cherokeeheritage.org or visit http://www.CherokeeHeritage.org.

 
About Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts. Located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla., it was established in 1963 by the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Heritage Center is also home to the Cherokee National Archives, which is the Nation’s foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts from the 1700s through present day. The Cherokee Heritage Center is situated on the grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary, which is one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service has designated the Center as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail Of Tears for the Cherokees and other tribes forcibly removed to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, during the 1800s. For more information, please visit http://www.CherokeeHeritage.org.