Immersion School

Immersion Study

tsalagi tsunadeloquasdi began in 2001 as a language preservation program. Twenty-six students and four staff members paved the way to revitalizing the language with our young people. Our mission is to promote the revitalization/usage of the Cherokee language while educating children in a safe and cultural environment.

In 2002 the Cherokee Nation conducted a survey to quantify the language fluency rate of persons living within the CN jurisdictional service area. The survey found that no one under 40 years of age was conversational in the language, that 52 out of 300 surveyed spoke the language in their homes, and most children of fluent speakers did not speak it at all. On July 13th, 1991, Principal Chief Chad Smith signed the Cherokee Nation Language and Cultural Preservation Act #10-91, which will provides for promotion and preservation of Cherokee language, history and culture. This Act act is in recognition that the survival of a people is dependent upon their capacity to preserve and protect their culture and language.

In the 2009-2010 school year, tsa la gi tsu na de lo qua s di served 84 children in pre-school (3-year-olds) through fourth grade. Lessons are taught from a Cherokee cultural perspective while addresses addressing the Oklahoma PASS (Priority Academic Student Skills) objectives. A fifth grade class was added in the 2010-2011 year.

For more information contact the Immersion supervisor at 918-207-7597. Parents must apply in person.

Eligibility Requirements

CDIB (Federally recognized tribes)

Additional Requirements

Applicants must complete an interview and application packet. Due to limited class sizes, some applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Applications must be complete and copies of the following documents attached: Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card; income verification; immunization record; Social Security card and birth certificate. If a child has been identified as having special needs, other information may be requested.

General Contact
education@cherokee.org 918-207-0950