TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (November 4, 2011) --- Cherokee Nation officials today announced free admission to all Cherokee Nation museums including the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and John Ross Museum in recognition of Native American Heritage month in November. Guests to Cherokee Nation Gift Shops will also receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases throughout the month.

Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits in three historic aspects including the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers and the Cherokee language with a variety of historical items including photos, stories, objects and furniture.

The John Ross Museum highlights the life of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than 38 years and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and Cherokee Nation’s passion for the education of its people. The museum also has a small gift shop and research area.

“With Native American Heritage month we have a heightened interest in Cherokee culture. The museums’ exhibits and artifacts play an integral role in showing and telling the story of the Cherokee Nation. This is a free and unique opportunity to share our history,” said Molly Jarvis, vice president of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “Of course, the chance to shop in one of Cherokee Nation’s six gift shops while receiving a discount is also very appealing.”

The Cherokee Nation Gift Shops present a wide selection of Cherokee and Native American art featuring authentic baskets, sculptures, paintings and gourds. Cherokee merchandise includes apparel items such as Cherokee Nation “Osiyo” T-shirts; books and references including historical literature, cultural CDs and other materials; Cherokee gifts like distinctive dolls, pins, blankets and mugs; and Jewelry featuring a variety of handcrafted necklaces.
The Cherokee Nation Gift Shop website at CherokeeGiftShop.com also features authentic Native American merchandise including apparel, art, books, gifts and jewelry.

The John Ross Museum is the second Cherokee Nation wholly owned and operated museum following the dedication of the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in 2010. The Cherokee National Prison Museum will become the third such museum when it opens in Spring 2012.

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St., Tahlequah, OK 74464. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is regularly adults $5, seniors $3, students $3, and children under 5 free. A group rate is available at $3 per person for 10 or more individuals.

The John Ross Museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Rd, Park Hill, OK 74451. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is regularly adults $3, seniors $2, students $2, and children under 5 free.

For information on the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, the John Ross Museum or Cherokee Nation Gift Shops, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit 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, Okla. Employing more than 8,200 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.3 billion. To learn more, please visit http://www.cherokee.org.