The in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, has announced that it has awarded $4 million to in support of renovations to , the home of the historic Cherokee Female Seminary.
The gift will support technology upgrades and the transformation of the 126-year-old building into a multipurpose building that showcases its cultural lineage, provides a modern classroom experience for students, and houses various administrative departments. The original facility was built with support from the Cherokee Nation and houses the university's College of Liberal Arts administration, faculty, and classrooms.
"When our Cherokee leaders were first removed to this part of the country, they made a moral decision to invest in the future of our people through education," said Cherokee national principal chief Bill John Baker. "Despite the trauma of removal and starting over, the tribe allocated half of its overall budget to erect the seminary school and fund its mission. Today, we honor our Cherokee ancestors by making this investment for the generations to follow."