Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council applications available

08/09/2019 04:45 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation is accepting 2019-20 Tribal Youth Council applications until Sept. 9.

October marks the 30th anniversary of the Tribal Youth Council. The 17-member council advises the Tribal Council about issues that impact youth, and participants also serve as ambassadors for the tribe. Those selected will attend Tribal Council meetings and assist with various community service projects throughout the year.

Applications must be mailed with all required documents and a postmark date no later than Sept. 9. 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,” Lisa Trice-Turtle, Tribal Youth Council sponsor, said. “Students chosen for Tribal Youth Council will learn about Cherokee 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 2019-20 Tribal Youth Council will be active in several projects, including the continuance of the Gen-I Cherokee Language Challenge 2020, the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, Valentines for Vets and CN Legislative Day.

New members will be comprised of nine students from the southern half of the tribe’s 14-county area, which includes Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah and portions of Muskogee, Wagoner and McIntosh counties. Seven will be accepted from the northern districts, including Delaware, Mayes, Craig, Nowata, Washington, Ottawa, Rogers and Tulsa counties. One at-large member will be chosen from outside the 14-county area.

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

Interested students must submit a profile, answer three essay questions related to Cherokee youth and tribal legislation, submit three letters of recommendation and meet other criteria.

To apply, students must meet the following eligibility requirements, among others:

• Be 15-22 years old as of Oct. 1,

• Be a CN citizen,

• Have a permanent address inside the 14-county area (outside for at-large member), and

• Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

For more information, call Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991.


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