Cherokee Nation Given Welcome by City of Los Angeles 

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell welcomes Cherokee Nation to the city of Los Angeles during a live council meeting at City Hall Friday.

Published October 21, 2018

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief, Secretary of State meet LA Councilman O’Farrell, Mayor Garcetti at City Hall

LOS ANGELES — The Cherokee Nation was welcomed into the city of Los Angeles Friday after Principal Chief Bill John Baker was recognized during a live city council meeting and tribal leaders met with Mayor Eric Garcetti at City Hall.

The Cherokee Nation has nearly 25,000 tribal citizens living in California. In Los Angeles, there are 1,700 Cherokee citizens. Tribal leaders visit each year to stay connected to at-large Cherokee citizens, and were invited to stop by City Hall.

“We certainly thank the City of Los Angeles for being home to so many of our Cherokee people and continuing to advocate on their behalf,” Baker said. “Many Cherokee families sought refuge in California during the Dust Bowl and 1950s Urban Relocation Program, or want that urban lifestyle and it’s great to forge a relationship with the leaders here shaping their lives each day.” 

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a Wyandotte tribal citizen, welcomed the Cherokee Nation and Chief Baker to the city of Los Angeles during its live city council meeting.

“On the heels of our inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day event in Los Angeles, It gives me great pleasure to host Chief Baker’s visit at City Hall,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation. “I feel a kindred spirit with my Cherokee brothers and sisters, and it is a tremendous honor to present Chief Baker to my colleagues on the City Council.”    

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States with four million citizens from various backgrounds, including 110 federally recognized Native American tribes in California.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“We certainly want to connect with those city governments that are trailblazers for embracing the diversity and culture of its people as Councilmember O’Farrell and Mayor Garcetti have demonstrated,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The Cherokee Nation also believes in being a government that is strong, championing for better health care, homes, jobs and quality of life for our tribal citizens.”

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember O’Farrell also thanked the tribe for its endorsement helping lend the city as one of the first in the nation to officially change Columbus Day and adopt Indigenous Peoples Day.

The tribe wrote an endorsement letter to the city of Los Angeles in 2017 supporting its decision.

While visiting Los Angeles, Chief Baker and Secretary of State Hoskin also presented a Cherokee Nation flag to the United American Indian Involvement Center. The non-profit provides a health clinic for Native Americans, summer camps and mental health programs. Cherokees are the fifth largest Native population served.

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