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 (chĕr′ə-kē′, chĕr′ə-kē′)
n. pl. Cherokee or Cher·o·kees
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the southern Appalachian Mountains from the western Carolinas and eastern Tennessee to northern Georgia, with present-day populations in northeast Oklahoma and western North Carolina. The Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s after conflict with American settlers over rights to traditional lands.
2. The Iroquoian language of the Cherokee.

[From Cherokee tsalaki.]

Cher′o·kee′ adj.
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(ˈtʃɛrəˌkiː; ˌtʃɛrəˈkiː)
npl -kees or -kee
1. (Peoples) a member of a Native American people formerly living in and around the Appalachian Mountains, now chiefly in Oklahoma; one of the Iroquois peoples
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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(ˈtʃɛr əˌki)

n., pl. -kees, (esp. collectively) -kee.
1. a member of an American Indian people residing orig. in the W Carolinas and E Tennessee: surviving groups live in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
2. the Iroquoian language of the Cherokee.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cherokee - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee
Iroquoian, Iroquoian language, Iroquois - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
2.Cherokee - a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma
Iroquois - any member of the warlike North American Indian peoples formerly living in New York State; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution
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Cherokee (Indian)

nTscherokese m, → Tscherokesin f
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side of Kentucke River, from the Cherokee Indians, to attend their treaty at Wataga, in March, 1775, to negotiate with them, and, mention the boundaries of the purchase.
The nostalgic Torres shared an old photo of her and Locsin in which they dressed up as Cherokee Indians as part of the intramurals at St.
"The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 100 North Carolina counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians," a release from the White House stated, ABC 11 ( reported.
Nobles' mother is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, or EBCI.<br />Later, when prosecutors took the death penalty off the table, Nobles' jurisdictional argument became a "a question of ethnic identity and pride," Gomez said.
Summit presenters include Tall Paul, an Anishinaabe and Oneida hip-hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota; Sharice Davids, who recently returned to the Kansas City area after concluding her time as a White House Fellow working within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation; Corey Still, a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and an instructor of native languages in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma; and Stacy Leeds, University of Arkansas interim vice chancellor for economic development and dean and professor in the School of Law.
In North Carolina, a team of older riders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was training in parallel.
A bean named the Cherokee Trail of Tears sustained, to some degree, the Cherokee Indians forced from their tribal lands in the 19th century.
In 1832, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall issued a court decision against the removal of the Cherokee Indians. Jackson refused to implement it retorting: "John Marshall has made a decision, now let him enforce it." In 1830, Jackson signed the "Indian removal act," which forced what remained of the Cherokee Indians in the east to start a long march westward, which they called the "Trail of Tears." Four thousand of the 15,000 who took the journey died of hunger, disease or exhaustion.
Between 1759-1761 Cherokee Indians engaged in a series of bloody and, for the Cherokee, devastating battles with British regulars, South Carolina militia, frontier communities, and Indian enemies in a conflict known as the Anglo-Cherokee War.
In 2002, the Eastern band of the Cherokee Indians executed a self-determination agreement with the federal government to assume full management responsibility of its hospital and health system, an effort to address deep financial woes that at times had left care to be rationed when budgeted dollars ran dry, says Casey Cooper, CEO of Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, N.C.
Also in Tahlequah is the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, with about 14,000 members.