Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council Applications Available

The 2017-18 Tribal Youth Council at Cherokee, North Carolina. Pictured L-R Front Row: Kayla Rooster, Alayna Harkreader, Natalie Gibson, Destiny Matthews, Jaycee Soap, Aspen Ford and Mikeesha Watts. Back Row: Bradley Fields, Christian Cooper, Chelbie Turtle, Camerin Fite James and River Lantow. Not Pictured: Austin Jones, Katelyn Morton, Laurel Reynolds, Morgan McSpadden and Whitney Roach.

Published August 7, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is now accepting 2018-19 Tribal Youth Council applications.

The 17-member youth council advises the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on issues that impact youth, and participants also serve as ambassadors for the tribe. Those who are selected will attend Tribal Council meetings and assist with a variety of community service projects throughout the year.

Applications must be mailed with all required documents and a postmark date no later than Friday, Sept. 5. Applications can be downloaded at

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for us to teach leadership skills and provide these young men and women with opportunities to enhance their development as future leaders of our tribe, our state and our country,” said Lisa Trice-Turtle, Tribal Youth Council sponsor. “Students chosen for Tribal Youth Council will learn about Cherokeegovernment, culture, history and language, but they’ll also learn to be a voice for Cherokee youth. I’m excited to see what our new year will hold.”

The 2018-19 Tribal Youth Council will be active in a number of projects, including the continuance of the Gen-I Cherokee Language Challenge 2020 and assisting with the Cherokee Nation Angel Tree, Valentines for Vets and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

New members will be comprised of nine students from the southern half of the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, which includes Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah and portions of Muskogee, Wagoner and McIntosh counties. Eight will be accepted from the northern districts, including Delaware, Mayes, Craig, Nowata, Washington, Ottawa, Rogers and Tulsa counties.

Students chosen for Tribal Youth Council will serve a one-year term beginning Oct. 1.

Interested students must submit a profile, write an essay on what tribal sovereignty means, submit three letters of recommendation and meet other criteria. A committee will make the selections.

To apply for Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 15-22 years old as of Oct. 1, 2018
  • Be a Cherokee Nation citizen
  • Have a permanent address inside the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

For more information on Tribal Youth Council, contact Lisa Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991.

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