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The history, legacy behind the Cherokee Immersion School – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-12-03 07:29:10 –

Mrs. Jill Biden, President of Oklahoma, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will visit Oklahoma on Friday afternoon.

Both women travel to Tahlequah and tour the Cherokee Immersion School. This journey is to emphasize and support the importance of preserving your native language.

read more: First Lady Jill Biden coming to Tahlequah to visit Cherokee Nation’s school

The history of the Cherokee Immersion School dates back decades. On July 13, 1991, the Cherokee National Language and Culture Preservation Act # 10-91 was officially signed. The law states that the need to preserve and promote the culture, language and history of the Cherokee tribe is recognized.

according to Cherokee National Website, They obeyed the law and opened the Cherokee Immersion School. This school is also known as Tsalagi Tsuna deloquasdi or ᏣᎳᎩᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ in the tribal writing language.

At that time, Cherokee Immersion School started as a language protection site where about 4 staff and up to 26 students learn Cherokee. By 2010, the Cherokee State had embraced the school’s charter. This made Oklahoma the first public school to immerse itself in Cherokee and culture.

Currently, it is operated as a full-scale educational site for more than 100 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. All lessons and instructions are taught only in Cherokee. Students are also encouraged to speak and write in Cherokee during school.

The school has been very successful.according to Tahlequah Press, Cherokee Nation acquired Greasy School in 2021 with the aim of converting the campus to a second Cherokee Immersion School.


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