Cherokee Nation providing grants for fall education tours
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation is accepting grant applications for its fall education tours. The tours provide a look at the tribe’s history and culture. Applications are accepted through Sept. 30.
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 grants and is available to teachers upon registration. Curriculum includes a teacher’s guide to prepare students for the education tour and student activity.
The grant program offers three tour options:
· Cherokee History Tour that visits Tahlequah’s Capitol Square and the new Cherokee National History Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Hunter’s Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and the Diligwa Village;
· Will Rogers Tour that visits the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Dog Iron Ranch; and
· Civil War Tour that visits the Capitol Square, Hunter’s 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 consist of being located within the tribe’s 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 fee. Special rates are available for seventh through 12th grade and college students.
Applications are accepted through Sept. 30 and are available at www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.
For more information or to book an education tour, call 918-384-5930.