Cherokee Heritage Center receives $20,000 grant from Inasmuch Foundation

July 17, 2017

Grant to support Cherokee Humanities Course at Northeastern State University

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Heritage Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation to support the Cherokee Humanities Course at Northeastern State University.

CHC utilizes the funds to provide tuition, books, child care and transportation needs to qualified students at no cost. Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters, and students can take both for a total of six college credit hours in Cherokee studies.

“These funds enable us to break down barriers and create educational opportunities for nontraditional Cherokee students interested in pursuing a higher education,” said Tonia Weavel, education director for CHC. “We are beyond grateful to receive such a generous grant and look forward to continuing our partnership with the Inasmuch Foundation for years to come.”

The Cherokee Humanities Course is designed to bring to light ideas and experiences that have remained quiet in general history books and creates a collaborative learning environment in which personal experiences and oral traditions are respected. It was established by the late Dr. Howard Meredith, former professor and head of the American Indian Studies degree program at the University of Science and Arts, and replicates the original Clemente course offered in New York City by academic scholar Dr. Earl Shorris in 1995.

Applications for the fall academic semester will be accepted July 17 – Aug. 14, and classes begin Aug. 21.

For more information about the Cherokee Humanities Course, contact Tonia Weavel at 918-456-6007 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.