Tribal Immersion Program

Spring Break Immersion Trip 2017

March 12 - 17, 2017
Cherokee, North Carolina

Participate in this five-day immersion trip to visit the Eastern Band Cherokee Indian (EBCI) reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Topics that will be addressed during this trip will include tribal sovereignty, language revitalization, tribal governmental structure, sustainability and natural resource management, and social services issues. 

The tentative itinerary will include the following:

  • Visit the Cherokee Museum to learn about the history of the Cherokee People
  • Meet with tribal elders and storytellers to discuss language revitalization initiatives
  • Tour the tribal government center and meet with tribal government officials
  • Visit the newly expanded tribal hospital and learn about heath related issues
  • Tour the Kituhwa Mounds and learn about the historical connection to the Cherokee People
  • Participate in community service project at the Cherokee community garden
  • Meet with local artists and learn about traditional basket weaving

Travel expenses including transportation, hotel accommodations, admission expenses, and some meals will be covered for Purdue students. Funding for this trip was received through the Diversity Transformational Award from the Office of the Provost.

Application deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017

Application: apply online (click here) or download application (click here).

For more information, contact: Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, email or Kanoe Perreira by email at


Tribal Immersion Flyer

Contact information:

Felica Ahasteen-Bryant
Director, NAECC

Kanoe Perreira
NAECC Graduate Assistant
Master's Student, Communication

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