TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-On Dec. 15, the Cherokee Nation dedicated Sequoyah Schools' new $8.5 million athletic and activity center. The multi-purpose facility was named "Tsu-Na-Ne-Lo-Di," which means "place where they play" in Cherokee.
The 54,000 square-foot center includes an athletic court, stage for concerts and plays, student recreation area, a kitchen area and four classrooms. The arena seats nearly 1,800 people, and will also be available for community groups and other organizations.
Sequoyah Schools is a private school for Native Americans of all tribes. It was founded in 1871 as an orphan asylum, but has since evolved into a modern learning establishment and the private school of choice for Native Americans from across the United States. The beautiful campus now sprawls over 90 acres of scenic rolling hills.