Students offered firsthand look at Cherokee culture and history
Published February 24, 2016
TULSA – Cherokee Nation is now accepting grant applications for its spring education tours. The sponsored tours provide an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s rich history and culture.
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism awards the grants in the spring and fall to elementary students attending public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.
“This is our seventh year to offer this program, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the response we get from students and teachers,” said Cheryl Trask, senior manager for Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism. “The tours give students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-world settings and develop a better understanding of the Cherokee people and our history. Seeing these destinations with their own eyes is a wonderful way to bring those classroom lessons to life.”
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 book that meets the state of Oklahoma’s priority academic student skills (P.A.S.S.) objectives in various subjects.
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 three through six, and funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minimum requirements for eligibility for schools include being located within the Cherokee 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 until March 25.
For more information or to book an education tour, please call (918) 384-7787.