http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgCherokee Nation citizen Ty Martinez shows a pair of finished stickball sticks he made March 5 during a cultural enrichment day at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Ty Martinez shows a pair of finished stickball sticks he made March 5 during a cultural enrichment day at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

RSU hosts cultural enrichment day

Cherokee Nation citizen Kristen Thomas sews a ball used to play stickball during a cultural enrichment day on March 5 at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Kristen Thomas sews a ball used to play stickball during a cultural enrichment day on March 5 at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
04/06/2016 08:30 AM
CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State University’s Native American Studies Program on March 5 hosted a cultural enrichment day where students and community members had the opportunity to make stickball sticks, stickball balls and traditional baskets.

Dr. Hugh Foley – a professor of fine arts at RSU, coordinator of the Native American Studies Program and Cherokee Promise scholar advisor – said it was the university’s 18th annual stickball and basket-making workshop. Foley said he works with Victor Wildcat, and adjunct Cherokee language instructor at RSU, who helps the participants make their crafts.

“I’ve known Victor for a long time, graduated Muskogee High together…He contacted me in the (19)90s. My class was on TV here at RSU… He said ‘hey we do stickball workshops. Want to do one at RSU?’ So we started doing it,” Foley said.

He added that his department reaches out to area schools and universities to offer them the opportunity to attend the cultural event.

“The most important thing is to continue these cultural traditions and life ways and hopefully instilling them in some young people who will be excited about them and want to continue on with them. There aren’t many opportunities like this around. It is free to the people that come here,” he said.

The second benefit of the event, he said, includes team, community and leadership building.

“Getting students to understand you need to volunteer in your community to make it better, and so that’s a big part of what we do as well,” Foley said.

Ty Martinez, a Cherokee Nation citizen and Cherokee Promise scholar, went to RSU for the cultural enrichment day from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He said during the event he made Cherokee-style stickball sticks.

“We’re on a group meeting with our Cherokee Promise scholars. We made Cherokee stickball sticks. Took us about hour or two hours to sand down and get right,” Martinez said. “This is actually the second set of sticks I’ve made, but first pair that I’ve used just the rasp and whittled it all the way down. I used a different tool on the other one, but I’m pretty happy with these.”

He added that his first pair might be used for playing stickball, but his second he’s considering modeling them as an art piece. “I’m debating on if I want to put some kind of like burn design, stain them and hang them up. Not really sure yet.”

Martinez said using more modern tools made the experience easier, but a lot of work was put into each person’s piece.

“So it kind of helps us bring it back to how they used to do it,” he said.

RSU President Larry Rice said he was glad to see students from all over attend the event.

“It’s a privilege to host this. It’s a privilege to watch how these stickball (sticks) are made, including the ball. It’s a privilege also to watch how the baskets are made. The craftsmanship and creativity of the tribal ancestors is just remarkable,” he said.

In November, RSU will host another cultural event in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. For more information, email hfoley@rsu.edu.
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ᎦᎴᎼᎢ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– Rogers State University’s ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎤᎯᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏅᏱ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏤᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎥ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏟᏅᏓᏕᎸ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ, ᎠᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏔᎷᏣ. Dr. Hugh Foley-- ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎤᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎾᎿ RSU, ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᏗᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ-- ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏁᎳᏚᏏᏁᏃ ᏙᏛᏃᏢᏂ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎳᎷᏣ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮᏍᏗ. Foley ᎤᏛᏅ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎾᏍᎩ Victor Wildcat, ᎠᎴ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎾᏅᏁᎰ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ RSU, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎪᏢᏅᏅᎢ.

“ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᏲᎵᎦ ᏂᎨᏐ Victor, ᎫᏐ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏙᎩᏂᏍᏆᏛ…… ᏓᏳᏟᏃᎮᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᏕᎦᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᏴᎳᏛᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ RSU…… ᎤᏛᏅ ‘Ꭾ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᏙᏦᏢᏍᎪᎢ. ᏣᏚᎵᏍ ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗ ᎾᎿ RSU?’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᎦᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Foley.

ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏛᏛᎲᏍᎪ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᏭᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᎯᏳ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏗ ᎤᏂᏫᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ. ᏞᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏳᏙᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎭᏂᏗᏢ. ᎠᏎᏊ ᎨᏐ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏔᎵᏁ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ, ᎤᏛᏅ, ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ, ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᏓᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

“ᏗᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᏕᏣᏂᎬᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏣᏤᎵ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Foley.

Ty Martinez, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᏪᏅᏒ RSU ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎢᎦ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏚᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏗᎳᏍᎸᏙᏗ.

“ᎣᎦᏓᏈᎬ ᏙᏣᏠᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏚᎢᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ. ᏙᎪᏢᏅ ᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ. ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏙᎩᏱᎵᏙᎸ ᏙᏥᏍᏛᎪᏍᎬ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏂᏙᏨᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Martinez. “ᏙᎬ ᎨᏒ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏕᎪᏢᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ, ᎢᎬᏱ ᏥᏓᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏣᏍᎦᏘ ᏣᏩᏋᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎩᏲᏢᏅ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎠᎦᏘ. ᏄᏓᎴ ᏣᏋᏔ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏣᏍᎦᏘ Ꮎ ᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏓᎩᏱᎸᎭ ᎯᎠ.”

ᎤᏛᏅᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᏧᏁᎸᏙᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᏔᎵᏁ ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. “ᎦᏓᏅᏖ ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᏆᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ, ᏃᎴᏱᎩ ᏧᎵᏏᎦ ᏱᏂᏓᏋᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏱᏓᏆᏙᏌᏗ. Ꮭ ᏙᏯᏆᏅᏔ ᎢᏗᏋᏗᎢ.”

Martinez ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎦᏬᏢᏅᎢ.

“ᎣᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏚᏅᏁᎸᎢ ᎪᎯᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

RSU ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Larry Rice ᎤᏛᏅ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏂᎬ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᎵᎶᏒ ᎠᏂᏙᎲ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.

“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏜᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏯᏛᏗᎢ. ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ. ᏗᏃᏢᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎴ ᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᎿ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸ, RSU ᏚᎤᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵ ᏐᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏛᎠᏍᏆᎸᎯ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏏᏅᏓ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ, email hfoley@rsu.edu.

Education

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
02/13/2018 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH (AP) – Projects ranging from lizard analysis to recyclable materials, and even a tin can telephone, took center stage at Northeastern State University on Feb. 1 for the 12th annual Cherokee Nation Science and Engineering Fair. The fair was open to all tribal citizens – in and outside of the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction – from grades 5-12. The rules follow International Sustainable World Project Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad guidelines. “It’s got the whole kind of green theme to it,” said Daniel Faddis, school community specialist. “There’s whole long list of subcategories. Robotics is a category, reuse and recycle is a category, water quality is a category, and so is noise pollution.” Participants could choose to work on projects as individuals or in pairs. Faddis said team projects are graded on stiffer criteria, with more ways to lose points than individuals. “Obviously, if you have two kids working on it, you would expect it to be better than one,” he said. “So the way ISWEEEP sets it up, there’s a whole other set of categories that the teamwork has to meet.” Caitlyn Luttrell, eighth grader from Westville, centered her project on paper domes. “It’s basically about the structural integrity of different types of paper to use for these domes,” said Luttrell. “I made two different type of domes: a construction paper one and a notebook paper one. I was trying to see which one was stronger and by how much it was stronger. The construction paper dome held 170 percent of its own weight and the notebook paper held 146 percent of its own weight.” Luttrell’s hypothesis was correct in that the construction paper would hold more weight, even though it costs less to purchase. The young science enthusiast’s the project took several hours to accomplish over the course of a few days, but Luttrell said she didn’t mind because the science fair is something she has come to enjoy. “Last year, it was introduced to me and I got pretty interested in it,” she said. “Now, I’m going to be doing it probably until I graduate. I really enjoy this a lot.” More and more jobs are becoming available for those who work in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – and Faddis said the younger students can get involved, the better. “STEM is the evolution of the future,” said Faddis. “Everything you see and every different discipline is focusing around STEM. So it’s really good for them to learn the proper, academic scientific method. And it’s good prep for college research, because they’re going to have to do it when they get to graduate school and undergraduate school.” Not all of the projects at the fair came without a trial-and-error phase. Breeze Ward, sixth grader from Rose, was among that group. “I wanted to see if I could blow up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar, and it can,” said Ward. “It was kind of messy. The first time I made it, it exploded on me. I think I added too much baking soda.” The overall high school winner was Kevin Guthrie, of Westville High School. Guthrie also won the High School Engineering division, as well as the “Live an Honest Day” Paul Bickford Memorial Award, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship to Rogers State University. Keysha Kendall, Westville, won the High School Environmental division. The middle school Outstanding Scientist Award went to Crystal Maggard, of Westville, and Hayden Faddis, also of Westville, won the Energy division. Leach School students Neveah Zuniga and Zylee Ward won the Middle School Engineering division and Environmental division, respectively. “The Cherokee Nation Science and Engineering Fair is a great opportunity for students to learn about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math while they also interact and network with their peers and professionals,” said Ron Etheridge, Education Services deputy executive director. “This is a healthy challenge that engages Cherokee students, and I’m positive those who participate could one day use the skills they learn to give back to the Cherokee Nation.”
BY STAFF REPORTS
02/13/2018 10:00 AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Each summer the Sequoyah National Research Center hosts three tribally affiliated student interns for June and July. Interns are required to work a minimum of 25 hours per week in the center doing basic archival and research work under the direction of SNRC staff. The SNRC at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock houses the papers and special collections of tribal individuals and organizations and holds the world’s largest archival collection of newspapers and other periodicals published by tribal individuals and organizations. The goal of the American Indian Student Internship Program is to provide students an experiential learning environment in which to acquire an understanding of the value of archives and the research potential of the collections of the center and to engage in academic research and practical database building activities related to tribal culture, society and issues. Interns are expected to demonstrate the value of their experience by either a summary report of work, finding aids for collections or reports of research or other written work that may be shared with their home institutions. To qualify for an internship students must be tribally affiliated, have completed at least 60 college hours and be in good standing at their home institutions of higher learning. Applications should include a unofficial copy of the student’s academic transcript, a recommendation letter from the head of the student’s major department or from another relevant academic official and a statement of at least 250 words expressing why the intern experience would likely be beneficial to the student’s academic or career goals. To assist the student in meeting expenses during the two-month tenure of the internship, SNRC will provide on-campus housing and $2,000 to defray other living expenses. Students interested in applying should send applications or inquiries by email to Daniel F. Littlefield or Erin Fehr at Sequoyah@ualr.edu. The SNRC must receive applications by March 15. SNRC staff will select three applicants and three alternates. Staff will notify students of their decision by April 3. For information regarding UALR and its guest housing facilities, visit <a href="http://www.ualr.edu/housing" target="_blank">www.ualr.edu/housing</a>. For information on the SNRC and its work, visit <a href="http://www.ualr.edu/sequoyah" target="_blank">ualr.edu/sequoyah</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
02/09/2018 03:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – GateHouse Media has launched its first ever-national scholarship competition for college-bound students. In order to participate, students must select one of four words - impact, trusted, community or local - and submit an essay of up to 500 words describing what the word means to them. The competition will award five $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 grand prize scholarship. According to Alain Begun, vice president of marketing, the contest grew out of the company’s national branding campaign, which focuses on the role that GateHouse journalists play and the service they provide in local markets across the country. “Each ad in that campaign revolves around one of the key words that describe what we do and how we feel about our role in the community. We thought it would be a great way to give back to students in the communities we serve by creating a scholarship competition,” he said. “And tying it into our brand campaign was a way to hear from students about what those words, which are so important to our journalists, mean to them.” Deadline for essay submissions is Feb. 16. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.GateHouseScholarship.com" target="_blank">GateHouseScholarship.com</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
02/08/2018 12:00 PM
TULSA – The Cherokee Nation is accepting grant applications for its spring education tours. The sponsored tours provide an exclusive look at the Nation’s rich history and culture. Applications will be accepted Feb. 5 through March 23. Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism awards the grants in the spring and fall to elementary public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. 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 tour options are: • Cherokee History consisting of Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and ancient Cherokee village, Diligwa. • Will Rogers consisting of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Dog Iron Ranch. • Civil War consisting of Tahlequah’s historic 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 jurisdiction, a majority of the school’s students must hold Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood cards, 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 <a href="http://www.VisitCherokeeNation.com" target="_blank">www.VisitCherokeeNation.com</a>. For more information or to book a tour, call 918-384-7787.
BY STAFF REPORTS
02/02/2018 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH — Registration is open for the Cherokee Nation Foundation’s spring ACT prep classes in Fort Gibson and Sallisaw. The six-week course is offered to juniors and seniors. The program is offered for free to citizens of any federally recognized tribe and costs $150 for non-Native students. Preference is given to Cherokee Nation citizens. Classes begin in late February and conclude with students taking the ACT exam on April 14. A practice test is available on Feb. 24 for students who have not previously taken an ACT test to establish a base score. Curriculum includes interactive instruction by a Princeton Review instructor and two practice tests. In previous years, students have increased their scores by an average of 3.5 points, and some individual scores have increased by as much as 10 points. The Fort Gibson classes are Monday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fort Gibson High School Library located at 500 S. Ross St. A pre-test is from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 24. A mid-test is from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on March 17. Class dates are Feb. 19, March 5, March 12, March 26, April 2 and April 9. The Sallisaw classes are Tuesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.?at Carl Albert State College in the Sallisaw Campus?Back building, Room 8127 located at?1601 S. Opdyke St. A pre-test is from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 24. A mid-test is from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on March 17. Class dates are Feb. 27, March 6, March 13, March 27, April 3 and April 10. No classes will be held during Spring Break. Applications are available at <a href="http://www.cherokeenationfoundation.org" target="_blank">www.cherokeenationfoundation.org</a>. Students may also pick up registration forms from their high school guidance counselors or call 918-207-0950. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 21.
BY STAFF REPORTS
01/24/2018 12:00 PM
LONGMONT, Colo. – First Nations Development Institute on Jan. 23 launched a request for proposals for its newest effort, the Native Language Immersion Initiative. First Nations will award about 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native language-immersion and culture-retention programs. This request for proposals is for the first year of a three-year initiative. Similar requests will be conducted in each of the next two years. Under the NLII, First Nations is seeking to build a dialogue and a community of practice around Native language-immersion programs and consensus on and momentum for Native language programs. The effort is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lannan Foundation, Kalliopeia Foundation and the NoVo Foundation. The initiative includes American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian language programs. The full request for proposal can be found at <a href="https://firstnations.org/grantmaking/2018NLII" target="_blank">https://firstnations.org/grantmaking/2018NLII</a>. It contains information on eligibility, application process, grant requirements, selection criteria, allowable activities and more. The application deadline is March 23. Eligibility is limited to U.S.-based tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and Native-controlled community organizations with a fiscal sponsor. There are currently about 150 Native languages spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders. Without intervention many of these languages are expected to become extinct within the next 50 to 100 years, which means a significant loss of cultural heritage. These grants can support curriculum development, technology access and recruitment and training of teachers. Language retention and revitalization programs have been recognized as providing key benefits to Native American communities by boosting educational achievement and student retention rates. They also support community identity, Native systems of kinship, and management of community, cultural and natural resources. Through this initiative, First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers, and establishing infrastructure and models for Native language-immersion programs that may be replicated in other communities.