The Cherokee Nation is now accepting grant applications for its fall education tours. The sponsored tours provide a look at Cherokee Nation’s history and culture.
Applications are accepted through Sept. 16.
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism awards the grants in the spring and fall to elementary public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, which includes Sequoyah County.
Complimentary curriculum is provided to schools that receive the grant and is available to teachers upon registration. Curriculum includes a teacher’s guide to prepare students for the education tour as well as a student activity.
The education tour program features three tours: the Cherokee History Tour that visits Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and Diligwa; the Will Rogers Tour that visits the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Dog Iron Ranch; and the Civil War Tour that visits Capitol Square, Murrell Home and Fort Gibson Historic Site.
Grants are available for grades third through sixth and funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minimum requirements for eligibility for schools include being located within the nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, a majority of the school’s students must hold a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (C.D.I.B.) card, the school’s class size may not exceed tour capacity, and the majority of the school’s students must be eligible for free and/or reduced school lunches.
Schools that do not meet the requirements or miss the deadline may experience the program for a small fee. Special rates are available for seventh through 12th grade and college students.
Applications are available at www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.
For more information or to book an education tour, call (918) 384-7787.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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