Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council applications available


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is now accepting 2017-18 Tribal Youth Council applications.
While serving as ambassadors for the tribe, the 17-member youth council advises the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on issues that impact youth. Those who are selected will attend Tribal Council meetings and also assist with a variety of community service projects throughout the year.
Applications must be mailed with all required documents and a postmark date no later than Wednesday, Aug. 23. Applications can be downloaded at
“Members of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council play a vital role in giving youth a voice to those who make the decisions and policies that affect them,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Tribal Youth Councilors will be leaders in their communities and through this experience will gain a better understanding of what community service is all about. We continue to hold in high regard the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council and will continue to take very seriously our role in mentoring and educating these young leaders.”
The 2017-18 Tribal Youth Council will be active in a number of projects, including the continuance of the Gen-I Cherokee Language Challenge 2020 and several community service projects, such as assisting with the Cherokee Nation Angel Tree, Valentines for Vets and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
“This program is very near to my heart because it’s a vehicle we use to teach leadership skills and provide students with opportunities to enhance their development as future leaders,” Tribal Youth Council sponsor Lisa Trice-Turtle said. “Students chosen for Tribal Youth Council will learn more about Cherokee culture, history and language and also about being a voice for Cherokee youth. This year, we’ve also been approached about a new service project, so I’m excited to see what the year holds.”
New members will be comprised of nine students from the southern half of the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction, which includes Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah, and portions of Muskogee, Wagoner and McIntosh counties. Eight will be accepted from the northern districts, including Delaware, Mayes, Craig, Nowata, Washington, Ottawa, Rogers and Tulsa counties.
Students chosen for Tribal Youth Council will serve a one-year term beginning Oct. 1.
Interested students must submit a profile, write an essay on the importance of tribal sovereignty, submit three letters of recommendation, and meet other criteria. A committee makes the selections.
To apply for Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Be 15-22 years old as of Oct. 1, 2017
Be a Cherokee Nation citizen
Have a permanent address inside the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction
Have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

For more information on Tribal Youth Council, contact Lisa Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991.

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