Cherokee Nation’s award-winning cultural tourism team is accepting grant applications for its education tours during the fall semester. The sponsored tours provide students an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s rich history and culture.
Grants are designated for grades third through sixth at elementary public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction. They are awarded in the fall and spring, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three tour options are available:
Cherokee History Tour— Visit Tahlequah’s historic Capitol Square and Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and 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, Murrell Home and Fort Gibson Historic Site.
Complimentary curriculum is provided to classrooms 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.
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 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 Sept. 23 and are available at www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.
For more information or to book an education tour, please call (918) 384-5930.