TAHLEQUAH, OK â€“ The Cherokee Nation announced it has now expanded its $150 clothing assistance program to include young college and career tech students to help assist with economic barriers.
â€śDeputy Chief Warner and I heard from parents and students attending college and career tech about the rising costs,â€ť said Chief Hoskin.Â â€śAlthough we cannot guarantee this kind of assistance every year, todayâ€™s economic conditions call upon us to do all we can to help more of our citizens.â€ť
Last week, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced a $150 school clothing program for Cherokees from birth to 18, making it the largest clothing assistance program in Cherokee history. The expanded clothing assistance program is for any Cherokee Nation citizen from birth to 18 and enrolled in high school and now expands to those in college or career tech and up to age 22 as now eligible. There are no residency restrictions or income guidelines for the program. Applicants must be a Cherokee Nation citizen as of July 7, 2022. Proof of high school, college or career tech enrollment will be required for applicants age 19-22.
â€śDuring the past three years under the Respond, Recover and Rebuild plan, we have committed over $750 million in direct financial assistance to Cherokee citizens here on the reservation and across the country,â€ť said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner. â€śThis latest program will reach thousands of young Cherokees as they return to school or head to college or career tech campuses and is over a $13 million investment.â€ť
Cherokee Nation Human Services will accept applications for the school clothing assistance program until July 29 at 5pm through the tribeâ€™s online Gadugi Portal at https://gadugiportal.cherokee.org.