$900K in grants awarded to school, Indian center
Grand View School seventh graders work on math problems class. Grand View School, located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, is one of the schools chosen to receive Department of Education grant funding to help better prepare students for careers and college. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Grand View School teacher Tisha Crittenden, right, explains how to complete a math problem to her seventh graders in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Grand View School was awarded approximately $341,000 as part of a Department of Education grant to help better prepare students for careers and college. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The U.S. Education and Interior departments recently awarded more than $900,000 in grants between Grand View School and the American Indian Resource Center to help Native youths become college and career ready.
Grand View School was awarded approximately $341,000 for the first year of funding with the possibility of being funded up to four years, depending on congressional approval.
“One of the things we want to do is provide mentoring and shadowing opportunities so they can see other successful people from this area,” Margaret Carlile, Grand View School federal grants director, said.
Superintendent Ed Kennedy said the grant would get Native American youths in schools or in other organizations better prepared for college or career fields as they move through the process.
“We worked with our grant writer and we took the approach that we were going to try to work and get parents educated early on about the opportunities for their kids, and get them talking to their kids at an early age for this,” he said. “We want them successful wherever they go so that they can take that next step once they leave high school.”
Pamela Iron, AIRC public relations liaison, said the AIRC’s grant of $584,000 for the next four years would benefit Cherokee County students in grades 5-8.
“AIRC is partnering with the Cherokee Nation Foundation, the Cherokee Immersion (Charter) School and the Cherokee Nation educational department to provide a holistic approach for career and college readiness that includes financial literacy, ACT prep, after-school tutoring, career readiness and leadership development,” Iron said. “Approximately 1,700 youth, in 12 rural schools, will benefit from the Four Directions Grant. Project Venture, an evidenced-based experiential adventure curriculum aimed at developing personal skills such as internal locus of control, decision make/problem solving and judgment, will be used for the leadership development component.”
Iron also said a new computer lab at the Cherokee Immersion Charter School would be part of the after-school tutoring program.
Other activities include college campus tours and science, technology, engineering and math-related activities in the 12 targeted schools and summer camps, she said.
The awards were a part of a $5.3 million grant funding for the new Native Youth Community Projects program. According to a release, the Department of Education is making grants to a dozen recipients in nine states that would impact more than 30 tribes and involve more than 48 schools.
“These grants are an unprecedented investment in Native youth, and a recognition that tribal communities are best positioned to drive solutions and lead change,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants are a down payment on President Obama’s commitment last summer at his historic trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to create new opportunities for American Indian youth to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders.”
U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell said the grant funding is part of the Obama administration’s commitment to self-determination.
“By putting tribal communities in the driver’s seat for developing a strong and prosperous future for Indian Country,” Jewell said. “These grants provide tools to tribes to not only assist in the transition from federal to tribal control of school operations and management but also ensure college-readiness for the next generation of Native American leaders.”
For more information, visit www.whitehouse.gov/nativeamericans
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– ᎾᏍᎩ U.S ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ Interior ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᏝᎬ ᏚᏂᏁᎸ ᏐᏁᎳᏧᏈ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏔᎵ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᏚᏂᏁᎸ Grand View ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ Resource ᎠᏰᏟ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏛᏅᎢᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏩᏛᏗᎢ.
Grand View ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏚᏂᏁᎸ ᎯᎠ ᎢᎦ ᏦᎢᏧᏈ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᏂᏩᏥᏂ ᎣᏏ ᏱᏧᏂᏱᎸᎾ.
“ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏓᎴ ᎣᎦᏚᎵ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏁᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏩᏗᏙᎲ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Margaret Carlile, Grand View ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏩᏥᏂ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙᎯ.
ᏗᎦᏘᏯ Ed Kennedy ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎩᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎬᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏓᏲᏣᏛᏁᎵ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᏙᏓᏲᏤᏲᏂ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏛ ᎬᏩᎾᏑᏱᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏚᏂᎧᎲ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏂᏛᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎣᎦᏚᎵ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎾᎾᏊ ᎠᏁᎬ ᎤᎾᏅᏔ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏳᎾᏂᎩᏏ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.”
Pamela Iron, AIRC ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏚᎾᏓᏚᏓᎸᏁᎲ liaison, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ AIRC’s ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ 584,000 ᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᎢᏯᏍᏘ.
“AIRC ᏓᏂᎪᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Foundation, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ (Charter) ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏁᎶᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ, ACT ᎤᎾᏁᏅᎢᏍᏙᏗ, ᏒᎯᏱᏯ ᏗᏢ ᎨᎶ ᏧᏁᏲᎲᏍᎦ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎣᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Iron. “ᎯᎠ ᎠᏎ ᎾᏂᎠ ᏌᏊ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏉᎢᏧᏈ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ, ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏚ ᏧᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᎩ ᏫᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᏂᎲᎢ. Project Venture, ᎬᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎸᏙᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎵᏐᏴᏔᏅ ᎤᏙᏢᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎤᏛᎾ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᏧᏭᎪᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ, ᎬᏙᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏯᎾᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ.”
Iron ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᏤ ᎠᎦᏙᎥᏒ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ lab ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ Charcter ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏒᎯᏱᏯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᏩᏲᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ.
ᏐᎢ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ science, technology, engineering ᎠᎴ math-related ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏎᎸ ᏔᎳᏚ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎦ camps, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎯᎠ ᎨᏒ $5.3 ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎤᏂᎩᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎬᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏂᏲᏒᎢ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᏚᏂᏲᏒ, ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏙ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎢᏯᏂ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏛᎾᏛᎦᎾ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏦᏍᎪᎯ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎬᏩᎾᏕᎳᏗᏍᏔᏅ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎯᎠ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏓᏂᎩᏍᎬ ᎤᏠᎯᏍᏙ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎬᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎪᏟᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎬᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ U.S ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ OF Education Arne Duncan. “ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᏂᏝᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Obama’s ᎤᏚᏓᎸᏅ ᎡᏘ ᎪᎦ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏭᏪᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏅᏯ ᏗᎦᏙᎬ ᎠᏂᏑᎢ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢ ᎢᏗᏢ Dakota ᎤᏙᏢᏗ ᏗᏤ ᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎣᏂ ᏥᏛᎾᎢ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏁᎦ.”
U.S ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ Sally Jewell ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏔᏲᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᎾ ᎾᏍᎩ Obama ᎬᏩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᏓᎸᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎠᎾᏟᏂᎬᏁᎲᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏗ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏱᎸᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏛᏡᏍᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏗ ᎤᏝᏂᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏩᎦᏗᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Jewell. “ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏝᏙ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᏊ ᎢᎦ ᏱᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏩᏥᏂ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙᎰᎢ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏖ ᎣᏂ ᏥᏛᎾᎢ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ.”
ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, visit www.whitehouse.gov/nativeamericans.