Cherokee Nation Providing Clothing Assistance to Eligible K-12 Students

Applications for the program will be accepted until Aug. 20.

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The Cherokee Nation is providing $150 in clothing assistance for every qualifying Cherokee student regardless of residency or income. Applications will be accepted beginning July 20.

“Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I both understand how important it is to provide clothing assistance to our Cherokee students and I am excited that for the second year in a row, we are able to extend this assistance to all Cherokee students, regardless of their residency or family income,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “We know the clothing assistance program will help ease the burden of back-to-school costs so many families face each year.”

The Cherokee Nation clothing assistance program was established to assist Cherokee families in purchasing new clothes for children ahead of the upcoming academic year, according to a press release. 

To qualify, students must be enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens as of July 16, 2021. Students must be 5 to 18 years old during the application period, or must be enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade or an equivalent school program. Students can be in public, private, virtual or homeschool programs. Post-secondary education students do not qualify for this program.

“Starting a new school year can be stressful for our Cherokee children and their parents or guardians. I know the last thing that Cherokee children should be worried about is whether or not they’ll have a new outfit to wear when school begins,” Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner said. “The Cherokee Nation clothing assistance program is so very important because it allows our students to focus on excelling in the classroom.”

Cherokee Nation Human Services will accept applications for the program until Aug. 20 through the tribe’s online Gadugi Portal. Applications must be complete when submitted. Processing of applications containing incomplete or incorrect information may be delayed, and applicants may be contacted after the deadline for additional documentation or clarification. 

Clothing assistance payments may be made electronically or by paper check after the application has been verified. Details about dates for payment processing will be forthcoming.