CN encourages teachers to apply for education tour grants

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/04/2017 04:00 PM
CATOOSA, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is accepting grant applications until Sept. 29 for its fall education tours. The sponsored tours provide an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s rich 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, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and the ancient Cherokee village Diligwa in the Tahlequah area.

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 and Murrell Home as well as 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 www.VisitCherokeeNation.com. For more information or to book a tour, call 918-384-7787.

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