Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum

122 E. Keetoowah St.
Tahlequah, OK 74464
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Explore the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, housed in the oldest government building in Oklahoma.

As soon as visitors enter the building they will become immersed in the towering displays containing traditional artwork by renowned Cherokee artists.  The paintings housed on the first floor depict the visions, dreams, and history of the Cherokee Nation in a rotating art exhibit.

Upstairs, visitors can walk through the timeline of the Cherokee tribe's tumultuous past.  Starting from the very beginning, visitors will learn about the traditions and culture of the Cherokee people, their difficult journey through the Trail of Tears, and their eventual peace agreement with Oklahoma government.  The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum also features an exhibit dedicated to examining Cherokee law, language, and newspapers, and even features Cherokee clothing displays.

Built in 1844, the Cherokee Supreme Court building held sessions for both the tribal supreme and district court and housed the Cherokee Advocate, the first newspaper in Indian Territory printed in both English and Cherokee.

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum takes visitors on a personal and intimate journey through the difficult past of the Nation, preserves Cherokee culture, and offers guests an opportunity for education.