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, high school and college students throughout Oklahoma and surrounding areas.
The tours are available at a reduced rate of $6.00 per student, with one free adult per 10 paid students.
The three education tour options are:
Cherokee History Tour
Students will enjoy Tahlequah, the capital city of the great Cherokee Nation, while touring historic properties like the newly renovated Cherokee National Prison Museum and the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. Students will also tour the Murrell Home, which is the only surviving antebellum plantation home in Oklahoma, in addition to the Cherokee Heritage Center and Ancient Village.
Cherokee Civil War Tour
Students will enjoy a tour of historic Downtown Tahlequah Capitol Square, including the newly renovated Cherokee Supreme Court Museum. 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.
Will Rogers History Tour
This tour celebrates the life and work of Oklahoma’s favorite son and world-famous Cherokee, Will Rogers. The journey will take visitors through his life from his Cherokee roots in Indian Territory to his days as a Hollywood actor and famed political speaker. Students will tour the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, along with Rogers’ birthplace home at Dog Iron Ranch, in Oologah.
Funding is 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.