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The Right Path written in Cherokee Syllabary (The Right Path):
A Leadership Program for Adults

Three participants describe the value of The Right Path program (5:27)

The Right Path is a leadership development program for members of the EBCI. The 12-month program works to bridge the past and present by covering traditional and cultural elements in depth, as well as introducing contemporary leadership development competencies. This approach has been evident as programming has included Cherokee language lessons, a visit to the sacred Kituwah Mound, an introduction to clan customs, use of the contemporary personality assessment tool known as Myers-Briggs and numerous other topics and experiences.

The program includes opportunities to learn about cultural values, Cherokee social systems and gender roles, the Cherokee language, governance, healthy living, artistic expression, the natural world and the environment, sports and recreation, storytelling and humor, and indigenous peoples and their leadership initiatives, community programs and tribal heroes.

“These sessions are a great opportunity that I wouldn’t otherwise get,” said one participant.  “Talking to our elders and learning from them is always a reward.”

Participants are nominated by a Nominating Committee, and their employers support their attendance for two days each month. The Right Path was created by Cherokee Preservation Foundation and is now being managed by Southwestern Community College.

For More Information, Contact:

Juanita Wilson, Program Manager for The Right Path, at 828/736-5903 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .