Teams compete head-to-head during the recent Cherokee Language Bowl held at Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Okla. The bowl encourages students to study and use the Cherokee language. COURTESY OF CN COMMUNICATIONS

Students compete in Language Bowl competition

01/26/2012 07:59 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Recently, the Cherokee Nation held its annual Cherokee Language Bowl, a competition between CN-area students that encourages the study and use of the Cherokee language.

“The language bowl is a place where many of the students shine,” said Sue Thompson, CN Cherokee language specialist. “The competitive setting raises self-esteem while giving students an opportunity to show off not only the Cherokee words and phrases they have learned, but also the sounds of the Cherokee syllabary.”

The CN has held a language bowl for the past 11 years. According to the tribe’s website, this year more than 290 Cherokee students competed in 58 teams and collectively took home $6,000 in awards.

Each team consists of five players. They compete in several rooms ending with winners in each division for first, second and third place. Each student winning first place receives $50, second place receives $40 and third place receives $30.

“The Cherokee Nation is committed to preserving our language and keeping our youth connected to our culture in every way possible,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “The language bowl contest is a way for our students to demonstrate those skills in a fun environment.”
Several schools represented more than one teach in each division.

Grove and Collinsville were the Division 1 first place winners, which included kindergarten through second grade. Collinsville also took home second place along with Kenwood. Belfonte – Bell and Kenwood rounded out that division in third place.

Third through fifth grade made up Division 2. Two teams from Grove and one from Salina took home first place. Claremore, Kenwood and Salina took second place and Collinsville, Kenwood and Claremore took home third place.

Division 3 consisted of middle school students in grades sixth through eighth. Two teams from Grove and one team from Pryor took home $50 each and the first place title. Second place winners were Pryor and two teams from Grove. Rounding out the division with third place finishes were Collinsville, Catoosa and Maryetta.

High School students in grades ninth through twelfth made up Division 4. Teams from Sequoyah High School and Grove won first and second place. Grove also won third place in the division along with Tahlequah.

All participating students and two guests of their choice will attend the Cherokee Language Bowl Awards Ceremony and luncheon on May 10 to receive awards and plaques.


02/01/2015 04:00 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The American Indian Education Foundation has set April 4 as its student scholarship deadline. The AIEF seeks students of all ages who are focused on their educational goals and who demonstrate the ability to make positive change in their communities and in modern society. It expands opportunities for students to attend and remain in tribal or non-tribal colleges by providing educational leadership and networking services. Along with scholarships, AIEF also offers services such as the Tools of the Trade, Emergency Funds and School Supplies. Through Tools of the Trade, the AIEF offers small grants to vocational/technical schools so they can provide professional supplies to Native American students. The Emergency Funds service provides small grants to selected colleges, which can then assist students with expenses that might otherwise threaten their ability to stay in school. With its Schools Supplies service, the AIEF each fall distributes basic school supplies for young Native Americans in preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools serving reservations in the Northern Plains and Southwest. The program also helps vocational and technical schools provide professional supplies for Native American students who choose to learn a trade. The AIEF follows up on the School Supplies service by providing scholarships to Indian peoples pursuing higher education. The AIEF is one of America’s largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, supporting more than 225 students each year. For more information or to fill out a scholarship application, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.
01/23/2015 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –An Indian Health Service scholarship workshop has been set for Feb. 10 at Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah campus The workshop will take place on the University Center’s third floor in the Morgan Room. IHS Area Scholarship Coordinator Keith Bohanan will act as the guest facilitator. IHS offers three scholarships to qualified Native American or Alaska Native candidates, those being the preparatory, pre-graduate and health professions scholarships. The preparatory scholarship is for qualified Native American and Alaska Native students who are enrolled in preparatory or undergraduate prerequisite courses in preparation for entry health professions school. The pre-graduate scholarship is for qualified Native American and Alaska Native students who are enrolled in coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree required for application to pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry and others needed by Indian health programs. The health professions scholarship is for qualified Native American and Alaska Native students who are enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program. For applications, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> The deadline for new applications is March 28.
01/21/2015 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic year until Jan. 31. “The foundation is doing more than ever to help our Cherokee youth succeed academically,” Janice Randall, CNF executive director, said. “These scholarships can often be the deciding factor on whether a student attends college, and we are dedicated to making sure every student has the resources they need to succeed.” The foundation offers three differently funded scholarships: private, tribal and institutionally based. There are currently two institutions with Cherokee endowments – the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University. All applications are evaluated based on academic performance, financial need and community and cultural involvement. “The application process can be overwhelming to students, but our online system has been a wonderful resource for students to efficiently search and apply for scholarship opportunities,” Randall said. “We also encourage students to stop by the foundation office if they need assistance creating their profile.” Once students create an online profile, they have instant access to a one-stop shop for all CNF scholarships. The system also provides students with notices reminding them about upcoming scholarship opportunities and deadlines. Applications can be found at In 2014, more than $125,000 in scholarships was awarded to 59 Cherokee students representing communities throughout the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction and at-large. For more information, call 918-207-0950 or email Janice Randall at <a href="mailto:"></a>.
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The 38th annual California Conference on American Indian Education will take place March 15-17 in Palm Springs. The conference’s theme is “Indian Education-Meeting the Challenge” and it will provide an opportunity to share traditional and academic teaching and learning. The conference goals are to honor the elders, who are revered teachers; to provide opportunities for networking among American Indian families, elders, tribal leaders, students and educators; to advocate academic excellence and educational opportunities for American Indian families, educators, tribal leaders and board members; and to recognize distinguished educators, parents and students. To download conference registration forms, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. To register, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. For more information, call Irma Amaro at 530-895-4212, ext. 109 or email <a href="mailto:"></a> or call Rachel McBride at 530-895-4212, ext. 110 email <a href="mailto:"></a>.
01/11/2015 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON – The Center for Native American Youth is accepting applications for the 2015 class of Champions for Change from young Native Americans ages 14 to 22 who demonstrate leadership and service in tribal and urban Indian Communities, schools and programs. The CNAY is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. The deadline to apply to the Champions for Change program is Jan. 12. For an application to be reviewed, one must submit a signed and completed application form, an essay or video describing one’s work to promote positive change and completed recommendation forms. Applicants must complete and submit the online forms necessary to apply. For the Champions for Change online application, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. For the first adult recommendation form, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. For the second adult recommendation form, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. For the peer recommendation form, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. One can also email, fax or mail applications to Josie Raphaelito, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036. Or email <a href="mailto:"></a> or fax 202-293-0525. For more information, call Raphaelito at 202-736-2905.
01/10/2015 04:00 PM
WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced Dec. 19 that the Bureau of Indian Education has received an additional $40 million as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015. “It’s heartening that Congress and the Obama Administration are working together to ensure American Indian students attending BIE-funded schools receive a world-class education delivered by tribal nations,” Washburn said. “The Consolidated Appropriations Act takes a step in the right direction by addressing critical educational needs identified in the BIE Blueprint for Reform developed by the White House Council on Native American Affairs.” The Consolidated Appropriations Act includes an additional $19.2 million for school replacement over fiscal year 2014 funding levels. The school replacement funding completes the requirements for the school construction project started in fiscal year 2014 and covers design costs for the final two schools on the 2004 priority list. The agreement also includes an increase of $14.1 million for Tribal Grant Support Costs for tribally controlled schools, $2 million for the development and operation of tribal departments of education and an increase of $1.7 million for Science Post Graduate Scholarships. “This additional funding will help us to implement reforms, ensure tribal communities receive sufficient funding to operate their schools, and enable us to begin the longer process of replacing many of our dilapidated schools,” BIE Director Charles “Monty” Roessel said. “We have much work to do, but we are more determined than ever to work with Congress and tribal communities to reach our shared goal of improving educational outcomes for American Indian children.” Under an initiative of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who chairs the council, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, after consultation with tribal leaders, issued a Blueprint for Reform in June 2014 to redesign the BIE. Building on the Blueprint’s recommendations, Jewell issued a secretarial order to begin restructuring BIE from solely a provider of education to a capacity-builder and education service-provider to tribes. The goal of this transformation is to give tribes the ability themselves to provide an academically rigorous and culturally appropriate education to their students, according to their needs. The blueprint also made recommendations regarding the BIE’s budget, including that Interior invest in the school system’s infrastructure, including funding to support new school construction, and align its budget to support tribal self-determination by requesting and increasing tribal grant and Tribal Grant Support Costs for tribally controlled grant schools. The BIE oversees 183 elementary and secondary schools, including Sequoyah Schools in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which are operated by the Cherokee Nation. BIE-funded schools are located on 64 reservations in 23 states, serving more than 48,000 students. Of these, 59 are BIE-operated and 124 are tribally operated under Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act contracts or Tribally Controlled Schools Act grants. BIE also funds or operates off-reservation boarding schools and peripheral dormitories near reservations for students attending public schools.