Over 31,000 elders applied for Respond, Recover and Rebuild Elder Assistance. A $400 check will be mailed to elders directly, starting this week. For those elders in the reservation, a $1,200 payment will be made soon directly to utility companies. Questions: elders@cherokee.org

Education Services

918-453-5000 ext. 5341
17675 S. Muskogee Ave Tahlequah, OK 74464

Cherokee Immersion School

On July 13, 1991, the Cherokee Nation Language and Cultural Preservation Act #10-91 was signed, providing for the promotion and preservation of Cherokee language, history, and culture. The Act formally recognized that the survival of a people is dependent upon their capacity to preserve and protect their culture and language.

In 2001, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ (Tsalagi Tsunadeloquasdi) was started as a Cherokee language preservation program with 26 students and only four staff members.  Today the school has a capacity of nearly 100 students in grades K-6. The curriculum and all instruction are taught exclusively in the Cherokee language, both written and spoken. The Sequoyah syllabary is used for all print materials.

In 2010, the Cherokee Nation accepted the charter of Tsalagi Tsunadeloquasdi making it the first Oklahoma public school for Cherokee language Immersion.

Parents must apply in person on behalf of students. For more information call 918-207-4900.


  • The student must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Application interview and packet
  • Application packets must be complete and copies of the following documents attached.
    • Copies of tribal citizenship card, birth certificate and social security card
    • Income verification for student’s household
    • Student’s immunization record

If a child has been identified as having special needs, additional information may be requested.

Because class sizes are limited, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list.