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Wallis & Rebyl Richardson Represent Collinsville
Cherokee Nation Youth Council
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To Be Aware & Involved With Tribe And Community
Wallis (left) and Rebyl Richardson (right) pose with Buel Anglen, District 8
Cherokee Nation Councilman (above) and with the 2006 Cherokee Nation Youth Council
Press Release --
Collinsville Has Two Cherokee Nation
Youth Council Representatives
Collinsville is fortunate
this year to be represented by two Collinsville High School students as Cherokee
Nation Youth Council Representatives. Kaitlyn Wallis, a sophomore, and Rebyl
Richardson, a senior, applied and were accepted as representatives on the
Cherokee Nation Youth Council for District 8, which is Tulsa and Washington
The Cherokee Nation Tribal
Youth Coincil was established during a youth conference the summer of 1989
with the assistance of the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY).
A resolution for the endorsement for the establishment of a Tribal Youth Council
was passed unanimously by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council October 14, 1989.
By-laws have been written by the youth and a steering committee has been established.
The purpose of the Youth
Council is to act as role models for Cherokee youth, to provide a voice for
the youth, to develop experience for future council/tribal leaders, and to
help educate other youth.
Some of their other objectives
are to learn tribal government, become aware of current tribal issues, to
be involved with the tribe and the community and have a voice for the youth.
Some of their activities
include community projects, educational workshops, council meetings, youth
conferences and fund raising events.
To be eligible youths
must be of Cherokee descent and provide verification by a Certificate Degree
of Indian Blood Issued by Cherokee Nation, must be enrolled in high school,
an undergraduate degree program in an accredited college or university, or
a vocational training program, maintain a grade point average that is acceptable
to the institution attending and be willing to meet monthly.