Cherokee Nation, Langston University sign agreement supporting agricultural education sharing initiative

February 20, 2019


Cherokee Nation signs MOU to share resources with Langston University

Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex
17675 S. Muskogee Ave.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill
Langston University Dean & Director of Land Grant Programs Wesley L. Whittaker
Langston University Vice President, Institutional Advancement Mautra Jones
Project-A Association CEO Rodslen Brown & organization members

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Leaders from the Cherokee Nation and Langston University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences are signing an agreement Thursday to share agricultural research and resources to further support students in northeast Oklahoma.

The MOU agreement also includes partnering with the Project-A Association. The Native American non-profit provides hands on involvement, teaching basic work ethics and effective decision-making through education and training. The organization provides classes such as agriculture skills, Cherokee language, music therapy, basket weaving to canning vegetables.

The agreement between the three entities aims to recognize the importance of school-based agricultural education and youth-service organizations. It plans to motivate and prepare young people to pursue careers in the agriculture, food, and natural resource system and help build awareness of the importance of agriculture. It also aims to take steps to encourage and support youth-based agricultural education initiatives and provide college-level educational opportunities where qualified students will be recruited to matriculate at Langston University.

The Memorandum of Understanding is the first between the Cherokee Nation, Langston University and Project A-Association.