CN Education Services advisor named Sequoyah Fellow
Dr. Neil Morton, center, was recently named a Sequoyah Fellow by Northeastern State University, which will allow him to serve as an advisor to the school’s Native American students and programs. Morton is flanked by NSU President Dr. Steve Turner, left, and Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, College of Liberal Arts dean. COURTESY PHOTO
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Dr. Neil Morton, Cherokee Nation’s Education Services senior advisor, was recently named a Sequoyah Fellow by Northeastern State University. He is the second person to hold the title with the first being the late former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller.
Being a Sequoyah Fellow will allow him to serve as an advisor to Native American students and programs.
“Sequoyah Fellow is an honorary appointment that provides some ideas, assistance, direction as the university attempts to improve and broaden the scope and therefore the service of some of its Native American students,” Morton said.
Morton said he would continue working at the CN while holding an office for the unpaid Sequoyah Fellow position.
“It’s so different from an actual position,” he said. “It’s trying to be a good listener and trying to see what might be available to help advance the cause of Native American students on campus as well as their effect on high school students who chose to enter higher education at Northeastern.”
One goal Morton wants to accomplish as a Sequoyah Fellow is to speak with Native students and gather their expectations and hear what they feel is needed at NSU.
“Too often I think (there is) not enough input from students on what students consider to be most critical and most needed at an immediate time or a particular time,” he said.
Morton said there are several areas he plans to focus on such as counseling students to determine what happens to them after they exit NSU, what majors are they choosing and how appropriate those majors are for today’s and future job markets.
Morton said he also wants to try to address the college dropout rate for Native Americans.
“When you look at all the higher education stats, you’ll find Native Americans near the bottom quartile instead of the top quartile,” he said. “I think that with some emphasis on successful programs, with some emphasis on appropriate career awareness and appropriateness on encouragement, we can move from that bottom quartile to that top quartile.”
Since 1957, Morton has worked in the education field as a former teacher, school superintendent and university professor. In 1970, he served as project director of the NSU Cherokee Bilingual Education Program. In 1976, he received a doctorate in education administration. In 1990, he served as director for the NSU Center for Tribal Studies, and since 2005 he has worked in CN Education Services.
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – Dr. Neil Morton, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏗᎨᏲᎲᏍᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏝᎬ ᏓᎪᎥ ᏏᏉᏯ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏴᏫ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏣᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏐᎢᏃ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ Wilma Mankiller.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎲ ᏏᏉᏯ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏧᏪᏲᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
“ᏏᏉᏯ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏥᎸᏉᏔ ᎠᎦᏑᏱᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ, ᏗᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, ᏗᏎᎮᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬ ᏓᏤᎸ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Morton.
Morton ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴᏍᏊ ᎤᎲ ᎠᎦᏈᏴᎡᎯ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏏᏉᏯ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎦᏍᎩᎸᎢ.
“ᎢᎦᏃ ᎢᏄᏓᎴ ᎾᏃ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎦᎸᏌᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎤᏠᏯᏋ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏲᏛᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏴᏁᎶᏗ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎲ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎤᏗᏗᏢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏂᎶᏒ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᏑᏱᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗᎨ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.”
ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᏚᏭᎪᏛ Morton ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏉᏯ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᏥᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏟᏐᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏚᏄᎪᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎧᏂᎬᎬ ᎾᎿ NSU.
“ᎤᎪᏛ ᎨᎵᏍᎪ (Ꮭ ᎡᎵ) ᏱᏂᎦ ᏯᏂᏬᎯ ᏯᏂᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎾᏁᎵᏍᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
Morton ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏚᏙᏢ ᏚᏭᎪᏓ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏳᏂᏅᎪᏣ NSU, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏑᏱᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏙᎦᏳ ᎡᎵ ᎬᏮᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏙᏗ.
Morton ᎤᏛᏅ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏑᎵᎪᎬ ᎾᏂᎥ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ.
“ᏯᎦᏎᏍᏔᏂ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᎾᏕᎬ, ᏱᏩᏔ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎡᎳᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎠᏃ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᏃᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎦ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏅᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᎵᏍᏓᏗᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏗᎨᎦᏛᎲᏍᏗ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏃᏊ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ.”
ᏂᏛᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, Morton ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏕᏲᏗ ᎨᏒᎢᏗᏢ ᏧᏕᏲᏅᎢ, ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏘᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏄᎬᏩᏳᏒ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ. ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ NSU ᏣᎳᎩ Bilingual ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏅ. ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ, ᎤᏁᏒ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᎦᏁᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎩ. ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᎤᎵᏍᏛᏡᏅ ᏗᏎᎮᎵᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ NSU ᎠᏰᎵ for Tribal Studies, ᎠᎴ ᏂᏓᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏂᏚᎸᎳᏍᏓᏁᎭ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ.