Cherokee Nation officials with last Tribal Youth Council – Front Row: Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice Angela Jones, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, Tribal Youth Council members Julie Thornton, Abigail Shepherd, Jori Cowley, Laurel Reynolds, Camerin James, Treyton Morris, Destiny Matthews. Back Row: Education Services Program Liaison Lisa Trice-Turtle, Education Services Executive Director Ron Etheridge, Government Relations Executive Director Kim Teehee, Tribal Council member District 14 Keith Austin, Tribal Youth Council members Austin Jones, Jackson Wells, Taylor Armbrister, Bradley Fields, Sarah Pilcher, Chelbie Turtle, Sunday Plumb, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Jr. Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller. Not pictured were Amy Hembree, Emily Messimore and Sky Wildcat.
Published August 3, 2016
TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Tribal Youth Council.
The 17-member youth council advises the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on issues that affect youth, and members serve as ambassadors for the tribe. Those selected will also attend Tribal Council meetings and help with community service projects.
Applications must be mailed with a postmark date no later than Sept. 7. Applications can be downloaded at www.cherokee.org/youthcouncil.
“Participating on the Youth Council is an excellent opportunity for any Cherokee because it offers members a unique opportunity to learn about our tribal government and history, as they gain new leadership skills and build a better sense of what community service truly means,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “It’s important for the Cherokee Nation to cultivate young, new leaders who will help shape our collective future, so we place a high level of importance on the Cherokee Nation Youth Council and take very seriously our roles as mentors and educators.”
The 2015-16 Tribal Youth Council was active in several projects. Among the group’s projects were the continuance of the Gen-I Cherokee Language Challenge 2020 and several community services projects, such as assisting with the Cherokee Nation Angel Tree, Valentine’s for Vets and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
“This is a program that’s near and dear to my heart, and it’s a vehicle to teach leadership and provide students with opportunities to enhance their development as future leaders,” said Tribal Youth Council sponsor Lisa Trice-Turtle. “Students who are selected will learn more about Cherokee culture, history, language and how to be a voice for Cherokee youth.”
The new members will be comprised of nine students from the southern half of Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, which includes Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah and portions of Muskogee, Wagoner and McIntosh counties.
Eight members will be accepted from the northern districts of the Cherokee Nation jurisdiction, including Delaware, Mayes, Craig, Nowata, Washington, Ottawa, Rogers and Tulsa counties.
Selected students will serve a one-year term. Interested students must submit a profile, write an essay on the importance of tribal sovereignty, submit three letters of recommendation and other criteria. A committee will make the selections.
To apply for Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council, students must also meet the following eligibility requirements:
- be 15-22 years old as of Oct. 1, 2016
- be a Cherokee Nation citizen
- have a permanent address inside the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction
- have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
For more information, call Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000 ext. 4991.