- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

VIAN, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation and its businesses are donating $120,000 to restore and preserve a nearly 100-year-old schoolhouse.

The schoolhouse was built in 1917 and was the main building at the Dwight Mission in Vian in eastern Oklahoma. The Dwight campus is where missionaries provided education and instruction to Native American students.

Dwight Mission was initially established in 1820 in Russellville, Arkansas, but was relocated to its present-day location in 1829.

Cherokee Nation leaders will make their pledge during an event Friday at Dwight Mission. The Walton Family Foundation is matching the donation.

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