The renovation project included upgrades to the
Cherokee Nation lobby, original gift shop, and Restaurant of the Cherokees

TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (April 5, 2011) --- Cherokee Nation officials today formally opened the newly renovated Cherokee Nation Gift Shop located at 17725 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464.

Along with the updated gift shop, the adjacent lobby area and Restaurant of the Cherokees are also being refurbished to provide a fresh, new look to the center of the Cherokee Nation tribal complex. The gift shop now offers a wider variety of Cherokee and Native American merchandise and art, the new lobby will feature a variety of tourism services and a lounge area for incoming guests, and the Restaurant of the Cherokees features an updated look with the same great quality service and food. The project is part of the ongoing cultural tourism efforts within Cherokee Nation.

“Cherokee Nation strives on every level to provide the best possible tourism experience to our visiting guests from information and touring to dining and shopping,” said Molly Jarvis, Vice President of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “We’ve also taken that objective online and recently launched a new gift shop website to provide Native American products and services to guests from around the world.”

The Cherokee Nation Gift Shop has been redesigned to present a wider selection of Cherokee and Native American art with a new, high-end gallery to showcase 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 Restaurant of the Cherokees is continuing to serve Cherokee favorites in an updated and stylish setting of brand new finishes and fixtures. Guests can now experience homemade Cherokee fare in the renovated Restaurant of the Cherokees with  a variety of signature dishes.

The Cherokee Nation Gift Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Restaurant of the Cherokees serves breakfast, lunch and a scrumptious Sunday afternoon brunch and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A new Cherokee Nation Gift Shop website was recently launched at, and features authentic Native American merchandise including apparel, art, books, gifts and jewelry.

The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program presents four award-winning tours during the season that runs from March-Oct. 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 and subject to a tribal tax that includes adults, seniors, and children ages 4-11 and 3 and younger.

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

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

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
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