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Education Tour Grant Program

Grants to Oklahoma Students for Educational Tours
on Cherokee History, Culture, and the Civil War

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Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism (CNCT) Group

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Grants to Oklahoma public school students for educational tours focusing on the cultural history of the Cherokee Nation. Funding is intended to promote knowledge and an appreciation for the Cherokees by subsidizing participation fees for elementary, middle, and high school students for one of three tours: Cherokee History Tour, Civil War Tour, and Will Rogers History Tour.

Cherokee Nation offers students an exclusive look at its rich history and culture through its Education Tour Grant Program. The purpose of the education tour program is to increase the education, knowledge, and awareness of Cherokee history and culture to elementary, middle school and high school students throughout Oklahoma and surrounding areas attending public schools within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.

The three education tour options are:

- Cherokee History Tour: Downtown Tahlequah Capitol Square, Murrell Home, Cherokee Heritage Center and Diligwa-1710 Cherokee Village. Students will enjoy Tahlequah, the capital city of the great Cherokee Nation, while touring historic properties including the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee National Prison. Students will also tour the Murrell Home, which is the oldest plantation home in the state, in addition to the Cherokee Heritage Center and Diligwa-1710 Cherokee Village.

- Cherokee Civil War Tour: Downtown Tahlequah Capitol Square, Murrell Home, Fort Gibson Historic Site. Students will enjoy a tour of historic Downtown Tahlequah Capitol Square, Cherokee Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee National Prison. The tour will continue on to the Historic Murrell Home in Park Hill, which is the only surviving antebellum plantation home in Oklahoma. Next, students will tour Fort Gibson Historic Site to learn about the colorful history of the Fort during the War Between the States. The site has been reconstructed with a log fort and original buildings for the late 1840’s through the 1870’s and is listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places.

- Will Rogers History Tour: Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Dog Iron Ranch. The Will Rogers History Tour will celebrate the life and work of Oklahoma’s favorite son and world-famous Cherokee. The journey will take visitors through his life from his Cherokee roots in Indian Territory to his days as a Hollywood actor and famed politician. Students will have the chance to tour the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore and Rogers’ birthplace, Dog Iron Ranch, in Oologah, to view the historically restored house where Will grew up.

Guidelines for Program Tours:

- A maximum of 60 students will be allowed per education tour. (Special circumstances may apply, however.)
- Education tour transportation must be provided by the school. Transportation on CNCT’s 22 passenger shuttle bus may be arranged for an additional fee.
- One (1) adult chaperone for every ten (10) students is required at all times during the tour.
- Education tours are limited to grades 3-6. Special rates are available for grades 7-12 and college students.
- Education tours run for three months each semester. Spring: March- May, Fall: September- November. Two (2) education tours will be offered each week during spring and/or fall, for a total of 20 tours per semester.
- Inclement weather: per, if the weather forecast is 80% chance or higher for rain/snow or temperature is projected to be 40˚ or below, tour will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later date.
- All education tours include: teachers curriculum supplement guide, student activity booklet (these will be sent to teacher in disk format when tour is booked) and an interpretive guide.
- Lunch is to be provided by the students and/or school. If lunch needs to be prepared and delivered during the tour, that can arranged for an additional fee per person.
- Education tour admission price is $10.60 per student, with one (1) chaperone’s admission free per 10 students.
- Cherokee History and Cherokee Civil War tours are given on Tuesday-Friday and Will Rogers tour is given Monday-Friday.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184306

Term of Contract:

Spring education tours begin March 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The CNCT Education Tour Grant Program is intended for elementary, middle school and high school students throughout Oklahoma and surrounding areas attending public schools within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.

Interested applicants whose school is eligible in one or more of the areas below may submit an application. Full or partial grants will be awarded on a sliding-scale basis to public schools who meet the following criteria:

- The school is located within the 14-county Cherokee Nation jurisdictional boundary.
- A majority of the school’s students hold Cherokee Nation’s blue citizenship cards.
- A majority of the school’s students hold CDIB cards from any federally-recognized tribe.
- A majority of the school’s students are eligible for free and/or reduced school lunch program.
- The school’s class size does not exceed the maximum amount of students.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Close Date: September 28, 2018.

Applicants should mail, fax or email the completed application to Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism.

Spring education tours begin March 01, 2019. Fall education tours begin September 03, 2018.

For more information or to book an education tour, call LaDonna Gritts at Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism.

Funding is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schools that do not meet the requirements or miss the deadline may experience the program for a small fee. Those that do not meet these requirements are still encouraged to book the tour at a cost of $10.60 per student.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail, fax or email the completed application to:

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism
Attn: Education Tour Grant Committee
777 W. Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK 74015
Fax (918) 794-3877

LaDonna Gritts

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