The Cherokee Phoenix

The Cherokee Phoenix

Written on 12/22/2020

The Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper in the United States, was first printed in 1828 in New Echota, Georgia, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. 

The Phoenix was published weekly with adjacent columns of English and Cherokee text. The General Council of the Cherokee Nation, in collaboration with the Reverend Samuel Worcester of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, established a printing office at New Echota in 1828 and offered the position of editor to a western educated Cherokee named Elias Boudinot.

The Cherokee Phoenix represented a milestone in the continuing transformation of the Cherokee Nation.

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