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Cherokee National Treasure Roger Cain displays the beginnings of a Cherokee mask, made in the traditional ways of Cherokee artists (Courtesy photo).

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Cherokee Nation honors local artist as 'National Treasure'

TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. - In recognition of his dedication to Cherokee art, Roger Cain was selected as the 2007 Cherokee National Treasure Award recipient. "The Cherokee Nation is proud to recognize artists like Roger Cain for the contributions that he and other artists and historians make toward the continued existence and preservation of Cherokee art forms," said Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "Aside from contributing to Cherokee art, he works to preserve the culture and history of the Cherokee people..."