A traditional Cherokee ceremony is a first in Illinois

A traditional Cherokee ceremony is a first in Illinois

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PEORIA, Ill (HOI) -- -

A first for the state of Illinois - for a happy reason. A couple celebrated a traditional Cherokee wedding ceremony for the first time in the modern day - right here in the heart of Illinois.

The groom says it is also the first time the ceremony was performed for a spouse with no native American heritage. 
He hopes the attention from the ceremony can improve conditions and shed light on the level of crime happening on reservations. 

Courage Yellow Wing said "We feel that the community outreach for positive messages and events helps with the violence and it also helps with the drugs."

The ceremony itself dates back nearly a thousand years - and is rarely practiced today. 

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