Juvenile Justice

P.O. Box 1730 Muskogee, OK 74402

Truancy Program

The Cherokee Nation Department of Juvenile Justice recognizes that there is a correlation between truancy and delinquency. Statistically, children that have poor school attendance are at a higher risk for future involvement in the juvenile legal system. Prevention and intervention are keys to addressing the underlying causes of truancy.

To refer a student with chronic absences, or even one that you would consider “at risk” for truancy due to previous referrals to State court, please use the basic form attached and provide us with attendance records. Then scan to the new dedicated email address truancy@cherokee.org for referrals.
Recognizing variances in individual school policy and recording of absences, we would also like to have a copy of your school’s attendance policy as written in the student handbook. This will assist our advocates and our court to know how to measure your student’s compliance.

All Native students that are members of any federally recognized tribe, ages 5-17, are eligible for our services. These students can be enrolled in traditional in-person classes, distance or virtual learning, or alternative learning. If you have a method to measure their attendance, then they can be referred for truancy when they are absent per your school’s policy.

  • Dockets are First, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 9:00am in Tahlequah at Tribal Courthouse
    17675 S. Muskogee Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464
    2nd Floor
  • Jay docket is second Wednesday of the month at 9:00am in Tribal Courthouse
    1305 N. Industrial Park Road, Jay, OK 74346 located behind the Sam Hider Health Clinic


  • Truancy Referral Form
    The Truancy Referral Form is used to report truancy to Department of Juvenile Justice.