January 13, 2020
Tours give students firsthand look at Cherokee culture and history
TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation is now accepting grant applications for its spring education tours. The sponsored tours provide an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s rich history and culture.
Applications are accepted through Feb. 29.
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism awards the grants in the spring and fall to elementary public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.
Complimentary curriculum is provided to schools that receive the grant and is available to teachers upon registration. Curriculum includes a teacher’s guide to prepare students for the education tour as well as a student activity.
The grant program offers three tour options:
Cherokee History Tour — Visit Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square and the newly opened Cherokee National History Museum. Additional sites include the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Hunter’s Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and the ancient Cherokee village, Diligwa.
Will Rogers Tour — Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Dog Iron Ranch.
Civil War Tour — Visit Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square, Hunter’s Home and the Fort Gibson Historic Site.
Grants are available for grades third through sixth, and funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minimum requirements for eligibility for schools include being located within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, a majority of the school’s students must hold a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (C.D.I.B.) card, the school’s class size may not exceed tour capacity, and the majority of the school’s students must be eligible for free and/or reduced school lunches.
Schools that do not meet the requirements or miss the deadline may experience the program for a small fee. Special rates are available for seventh through 12th grade and college students.
Applications are accepted through Feb. 29 and are available at www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.
For more information or to book an education tour, please call (918) 456-7336.