CN encourages teachers to apply for education tour grants

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/15/2020 10:00 AM
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Feathered capes and other Cherokee clothing from a period before Cherokee people came in contact with white settlers are on display inside the Cherokee National History Museum in Tahlequah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A crowd lines up to view the inside of the Cherokee National History Museum that opened Aug. 8 with a ceremony in the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion across the street from the museum in Tahlequah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CATOOSA – The Cherokee Nation is accepting grant applications until Feb. 29 for its spring education tours. The sponsored tours provide an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s history and culture.

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 grants 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 Cherokee History Tour visits the tribe’s historic Capitol Square, recently opened Cherokee National History Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Hunter’s Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and the ancient Cherokee village Diligwa in Park Hill.

The Will Rogers Tour visits the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and Dog Iron Ranch in Oologah.

The Civil War Tour visits the Capitol Square, Hunter’s Home and the Fort Gibson Historic Site.
Grants are available for grades third through sixth. Funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minimum requirements for eligibility for schools include being located within the CN’s 14-county jurisdiction, a majority of the school’s students must hold a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card, 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 VisitCherokeeNation.com. For information or to book a tour, call 918-456-7336.

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