Cherokee Nation offering $150 in clothing aid to qualifying Cherokee students

In this Cherokee Phoenix archive photo, Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare volunteer Chrissie Sugar, right, helps Nakita Walker, middle, and her two grandchildren – Jonia Green, far left, and Joe Green – with clothing voucher applications. This year the tribe is offering $150 for all qualifying Cherokee students. ARCHIVE

TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation is providing $150 in clothing assistance for every qualifying Cherokee student regardless of residency or income, with applications beginning July 20. 

According to a CN press release, the tribe’s clothing assistance program was established to assist Cherokee families in purchasing new clothes for children ahead of the upcoming academic year. Human Services will accept applications for the school clothing assistance program until Aug. 20 through the tribe’s online Gadugi Portal at https://gadugiportal.cherokee.org

“Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I both understand how important it is to provide clothing assistance to our Cherokee students and I am excited that for the second year in a row, we are able to extend this assistance to all Cherokee students, regardless of their residency or family income,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “We know the clothing assistance program will help ease the burden of back-to-school costs so many families face each year.” 

To qualify, students must be enrolled CN citizens as of July 16. Students must be 5-18 years old during the application period, or must be enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade or an equivalent school program. Students can be in public, private, virtual or home-school programs. Post-secondary education students do not qualify for this program. 

“Starting a new school year can be stressful for our Cherokee children and their parents or guardians. I know the last thing that Cherokee children should be worried about is whether or not they’ll have a new outfit to wear when school begins,” said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. “The Cherokee Nation clothing assistance program is so very important because it allows our students to focus on excelling in the classroom.” 

Applications for the assistance program must be complete when submitted on the Gadugi Portal. Processing of applications containing incomplete or incorrect information may be delayed, and applicants may be contacted after the deadline for additional documentation or clarification. 

Clothing assistance payments may be made electronically or by paper check after the application has been verified. Details about dates for payment processing will be forthcoming.