Cherokee Nation Announces $35M Tribal Office Expansion Project

Cherokee Nation tribal office rendering

TAHLEQUAH, OK – The Cherokee Nation will create approximately 75,000 sq. ft. of new space for offices and multi-purpose rooms to house employees. The new building will expand the Nation’s service capabilities and accommodate for state-of-the-art office spaces while also allowing room for future growth.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Chief of Staff Corey Bunch and Secretary of State Shella Bowlin visited the construction site to announce the project. The construction project includes demolition of the former restaurant, gift shop and motel space that was originally built in the 1960s, located east of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and the tribe’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

“For more than 50 years, this former gift shop, restaurant and motel structure has provided a number of services to assist Cherokee citizens,” said Chief Hoskin. “It has served its purpose well, but we cannot be content in standing still as we move into the future. It is time to take the next step in how the Cherokee Nation can serve the Cherokee people in the next 50 years, and we will do that in part by razing this facility and replacing it with a new, state-of-the-art building that will provide a path to progress and expansion for the Cherokee Nation and those it serves each and every day.”

The $35 million project is funded from the American Rescue Plan Act. The project is one of numerous projects within the tribe’s overall $1.17 billion in capital investment construction projects ongoing throughout the 14-county reservation.

“If we look at where we are today and where this building has gotten us to, we can see it’s time to prepare for a new beginning,” said Deputy Chief Warner. “We are looking to modernize while also keeping that which links us to our past. I’m excited to see what we have in store for this new project.”

Construction of the new tribal office space is scheduled to be finished by early 2026. The government arm of the Cherokee Nation employees more than 5,300 people, many of whom work in the tribe’s W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex or out of several satellite offices in and around the Tahlequah area. Construction of the new office space will help the tribe consolidate some of its nearby satellite offices into a more central area, benefiting employees and citizens.