Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 25, 2013
Miscellaneous News
Cheerleader Tryout Schedule /
Middle School Yearbook Sales /
Summer Research Program /
Free Cherokee History Class /
Scholarship Hints

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March 11-13th, 2013
3:00PM – 4:30PM

High School, March 14,
Middle School, March 14, immediately following High School.

FEB. 25, 2013

***Info about cheer – rules, cost, dates, etc. You must come to this meeting to tryout for cheerleader. Come and find out about becoming a Cardinal Cheerleader!

-- Carmen West (1/23/2013)

NIDA Summer Research Program
More Opportunities for high school seniors or undergraduate college students.

Janice Fields (1/24/2013)
Indian Ed. Director
Collinsville Public Schools

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites high school and under graduate students to submit applications for the 2013 Summer Research Program. Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research. Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, library research and literature reviews. Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses.

Complete program information, including the application form, required student qualifications, research site locations and research project descriptions are available at: The deadline to submit applications for the 2013 program is February 15, 2013.

For more information, contact Dr. Albert Avila at
Free Cherokee History Class

Saturday, February 9,
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Rogers County Bldg.
419 South Brady
Claremore OK

Bring a sack lunch

Contact Councilman Lee Keener for details at
or call 918.550.3351

-- Cara Cowan Watts 1/24/2013
by Cara Cowan Watts

Additional Scholarship Hints: Part 2

Week of January 20, 2013

Much more goes into successful scholarship searches beyond an actual application.

Parents need to review their student's communication skills, tools and actions to ensure they are getting the money each step of the process.

Review and discuss social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, iGoogle, Instagram, MySpace and more to make sure your student is not posting inappropriate material which will cost them scholarships.

Review and fix email. No or similar emails should be used.

Create a professional email signature with legal name, mailing address, one good phone number you answer frequently and one professional email address to place at the bottom of each email you send.

Buy simple, professional thank you notes and practice writing thank you notes so you are ready and thank you is a habit.

Research and practice ‘Behavioral Interviewing' so you are ready for interviews for big money scholarships and essay responses.

Students must take college prep curriculum in 7th through 12th grade such as Calculus and Physics. A student's GPA for 9th through 12th grade typically counts towards scholarships opportunities and college admittance.

Take the ACT and/or SAT often and raise your score. The last chance to take the ACT is December of your Senior year. Your goal should be a minimum of 25 on ACT and 30 plus is going for the Gold in terms of scholarship monies.

Research and understand your scholarship application deadlines before they are due.

If your Cherokee Nation citizenship card which is commonly referred to as a Blue Card is missing or too worn to be copied or read easily, you need to immediately request a new card. You need to have your Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card referred to as a white card, as well, for scholarship applications.

Registration is taking one to two years for many applications, so you should apply for Citizenship and all applicable cards as soon as possible. If you wait until a student's Junior or Senior year in High School, you will likely miss many opportunities including scholarship dollars.

If you need replacement cards or simply want the new photo ID, see you January 24th from 5pm to 8pm at the Claremore High School cafeteria for Cherokee Nation citizen photo IDs being made on-site.

If you have questions, issues or concerns about the Cherokee Nation government, please email me at or write me at P.O. Box 2922, Claremore, OK 74018. For daily news and event notices, ask to be added to my District 5 email listserv. You can, also, find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Buel Anglen is at and Lee Keener is at

To contact the Tribe, call (918) 453-5000. The operator will connect you with the appropriate department. Tribal programs and services are administered by the Chief's staff at the Tribal Complex. Tribal hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Save a trip to Tahlequah by using the Tribes Internet tools at Almost all applications are available online to print from home.

Cara Cowan Watts, is an elected Tribal legislator of District 5 within the Cherokee Nation for Rogers and Tulsa Counties.

Cara Cowan Watts (1/19/2013)

Collinsville Middle School Yearbooks On Sale --
CMS yearbooks are on sale until February 20th. They cost $25.00. This year they can be ordered online at with yearbook ID code: 1700813.
-- Thanks, Alicia Herald (1/25/2013)