Cherokee Nation reaches out to community in Washington, DC

The Cherokee Nation hosted the first Washington, D.C., community meeting on January 30.

Chief Bill John Baker welcomed tribal citizens who live in the nation's capitol and the surrounding area. “We’re all family," he told the crowd, The Washington Post reported.

Dozens lined up to obtain identification cards. “These people are so proud of their heritage, so they want this card. It links them," tribal registrar Linda O’Leary told the paper.

In terms of membership, the Cherokee Nation is is officially the largest tribe in the U.S.

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