Wathene Young began her career in Tulsa Public Schools, teaching speech and drama before developing and administrating Indian Education programs. Later, she became an intern coordinator at Northeastern State University. During her career, Wathene has created teacher training programs for American Indian students, including programs for master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. She was also a founder, board member, and long-time volunteer for the National Indian Youth Leadership Program in New Mexico.
Wathene was one of the founders of the American Indian Resource Center and served as Executive Director from 1983 to 2016. During her tenure, she has directed educational and leadership development programs for American Indian youth in urban and rural settings.
- Eligibility Requirements:
- Must be a member of a federally recognized tribe verified by a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood issued by the Federal Government, or tribal enrollment identification.
- Must be a high school senior from one of the following counties: Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Rogers, or Sequoyah.
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student seeking a college degree or technical certificate at an accredited institution (for profit institutions prohibited i.e. University of Phoenix).
- A 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher is required.
To apply, please visit our online application. You MUST have a Gmail account to apply because we use Google Docs for the application. Deadline is June 26, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time. If you have any questions, please contact Krista Boston at (918) 456-5581.
The Jonah Engler Scholarship has been established to create visions for the future of Charitable giving. For Jonah, Charity has always been about “touch and feel” first, and technology second.
The Jonah Engler Scholarship has been established to address this challenge.
Mr. Engler is committed to granting one student per year the chance to be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be applied to their 2020 cost of tuition.
To apply, visit
Between 2000 and 2005, AIRC was awarded two grants from the Office of Indian Education’s Demonstration program. A product of these grants were claymation videos, with the students designing the background, voicing the characters, translating the story into their native language with the help of an elder, creating the characters, and doing the animation themselves. AIRC staff strung the images together, did the English subtitles, and created the rolling credits. The 15 Cherokee and 10 Creek stories are now available on our You Tube channel!
The Sevenstar program emphasizes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as one of its seven areas of focus. Sevenstar staff strongly believe in bringing technology to the classroom and has assembled a curriculum that can be used for students in grades 1-6, with grades 7-12 to be completed by the summer.
The lesson plans involve educational videos on You Tube to be used in the classroom. The documents are Word files and are organized according to grade and subject. Each lesson plan aligns with Oklahoma standards. These ELA, science, math, and social science lesson plans are free for you to download and use in your classroom.
You may view and download the curriculum here. As more lesson plans are completed, they will be added to the existing curriculum.