Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner has announced the launch of a new connectivity survey along with a Respond, Recover, Rebuild Mobile Hotspot Connectivity Assistance program to provide mobile hotspots to Cherokee students lacking Internet at home.
Parents, or legal guardians, should start by completing the survey. The survey responses will provide Cherokee Nation data to make more informed decisions on improving broadband access for its citizens. If determined a Cherokee household may qualify for a free mobile hotspot, including a year of service, respondents will be prompted to complete an application as part of the survey.
Due to limited supply, not every qualifying household will receive a device. Priority will be given to Cherokee households with K-12 students.
A cellular solution may not work for every household, but know the Cherokee Nation is hard at work expanding Internet connectivity options for its citizens. The global pandemic has highlighted, now more than ever, that having reliable broadband access is essential for a thriving community, family, workforce and Nation.
Recently, PPS learners discovered Pryor Creek, Oklahoma is not the only city named after Nathaniel Pryor. Pryor, Montana is named after him as well.
Pryor High School Cherokee classes, Native American Heritage Club, National Honor Society members, and PHS Student Leaders have reached out to the high school in Pryor, Montana and are in the process of doing a “Sister Exchange” with them.
The Montana high school is made up of 61 students that are 100% Native American members of the Crow Nation. These students attend Plenty Coups High School named after a Chief of the Crow Nation. The school is located at the base of the Pryor mountains in Montana.
A letter of introduction was sent to the school, and PHS Cherokee classes are preparing to do language exchanges with Plenty Coups Crow language classes.
The Chamber of Commerce is also supporting this endeavor, and they are sending a book to Plenty Coups about Nathaniel Pryor’s expedition with Lewis and Clark, produced by the Webster brothers.
November is designated as National Native American Heritage Month. In Pryor, approximately 40% of learners, and 38% of staff members are citizens of 26 different Native American tribes from across the United States.
As part of Native American Heritage Month, each school has created a display that includes information or items that represent the tribal citizenships of our Native American learners.
Throughout the week of November 16th-20th, Pryor Public Schools will be celebrating the rich traditions and ancestry of our Native American learners with various cultural activities and events on each of our campuses.
Please visit the Indian Education webpage for more information and to see the Learner Spotlight for the month of November!