http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgMicrosoft Tribal Government Account Manager Don Lionetti, right, discusses his Microsoft laptop computer with Director of Information Systems Jon James before a Dec. 19 ceremony in Tahlequah, Okla., to celebrate the integration of the Cherokee language into Microsoft Windows 8. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Microsoft Tribal Government Account Manager Don Lionetti, right, discusses his Microsoft laptop computer with Director of Information Systems Jon James before a Dec. 19 ceremony in Tahlequah, Okla., to celebrate the integration of the Cherokee language into Microsoft Windows 8. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Microsoft integrates Cherokee in new operating system

Cherokee Nation translators helped translate more than 180,000 Cherokee words for Microsoft Windows 8. Translators, from left, are Russell Feeling, Shirley Feeling, Lawrence Panther, Phyllis Edwards, John Ross, Anna Sixkiller, Patrick Rochford, David Crawler, Lois Leach, Rufus King, Melvina King, Durbin Feeling and Dennis Sixkiller. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Principal Chief Bill John Baker welcomes Microsoft officials from to Tahlequah, Okla., and thanks them for their efforts in helping keep the Cherokee language alive by integrating it into Microsoft’s Windows 8. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation translators helped translate more than 180,000 Cherokee words for Microsoft Windows 8. Translators, from left, are Russell Feeling, Shirley Feeling, Lawrence Panther, Phyllis Edwards, John Ross, Anna Sixkiller, Patrick Rochford, David Crawler, Lois Leach, Rufus King, Melvina King, Durbin Feeling and Dennis Sixkiller. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
01/02/2013 08:39 AM
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Microsoft and Cherokee Nation officials celebrated the integration of the Cherokee language into the new Windows 8 operating system on Dec. 19 at Sequoyah High School.

Cherokee is the first Native American language to be integrated into a Windows system. Sixteen CN language translators and other staff members worked with Microsoft to prepare for the integration of Cherokee into Windows 8.

“On behalf of Microsoft, it’s our honor and pleasure to be here to announce the language interface pack officially available for the Cherokee language on the Windows 8 platform operating system,” Carla Hurd, Microsoft Local Language Program manager, said. “My hat goes off to all of the translators, all of the staff, all of the support that went into this huge effort. I think of this as just the beginning. We’ve already started on Office 2013, which is the next step. It’s an even bigger project. Microsoft products are everywhere, and your language will in turn be everywhere.”

More than 20 years ago, Microsoft employee Tracy Monteith, an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen, asked the company to include his native language in the computer’s core operating system. It wasn’t until 2010 that CN language technologists met with Monteith and others at Microsoft to get the project going.

A team of translators was assembled, ranging from tribal employees, community speakers and Cherokee college students.

“It became a rewarding experience for me to know that in the future the language is going to be there. I’m just proud to be a part of this effort and being a translator for Microsoft. And I thank the Microsoft people for allowing us to do this,” CN translator Russell Feeling said.

Lois Leach, a 56-year-old clerk in the Nation’s Roads Department, logged more than 100 volunteer hours during the past year translating computer terms that did not exist when the Cherokee language originated.
“You don’t look at yourself really doing anything that huge until you see it come together,” Leach said. “It’s amazing to think our work will be shared all over the world.”

Principal Chief Bill John Baker said Cherokee translators translated more than 180,000 words for the program and that this was the largest Cherokee translation project since the Bible was translated in the 1800s.

“You have done great work, and you are truly heroes of the Cherokee Nation,” Baker said to the translators.
He added that the integration of Cherokee into Windows 8 “will truly keep the language alive.”

“For a people to lose their language is probably the most terrible thing that can befall a people,” he said. “We thank Microsoft for putting their great resources to use. They’ll never make any money off this project, we know that, but they’re going to help keep the Cherokee spirit, the Cherokee language alive forever.”

In November, the tribe partnered with Google to add Cherokee to it email service Gmail. Cherokee speakers can now exchange emails using Gmail and instant message chats entirely in the Cherokee syllabary.

In March 2011, Google added Cherokee as an interface language, meaning anyone who reads and writes Cherokee can look up virtually anything on the World Wide Web using the Cherokee language.

In another effort to perpetuate the language, this past fall Cherokee translators dusted off the numeric system developed by Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary. Translation Specialist John Ross from the CN Translation Department studied and figured out the numeric system in an effort to create a font to make it useful for printing and computers.

Sequoyah created unique, single symbols for numbers 1 through 19 and numbers 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100. So to create the number 31, the symbol for 30 and 1 would be used together or to create the number 500 the symbol for 5 and 100 would be used together. Ross created a symbol for 0 and created symbols for 1 billion and 1 trillion.

In 2010, the Unicode system was introduced for the Cherokee language. The numbering system associates numbers to language characters and creates a uniform system for writing and reading Cherokee on computers.

“Unicode is the international standard for all computer technology now – cell phones, computers, video games…anything that’s digital uses Unicode to display languages,” Language Technologist Roy Boney said.

A European group called the Unicode Consortium determines computer standards and a numbering system for languages. Language fonts receive their own numbering systems using the consortium’s standards.

“Cherokee has been assigned a (number) code group by the Unicode Consortium. So it is standard across the world,” Boney said.

In 2010, the Cherokee syllabary became available on iPhones and the iPod Touch after three years of developing software with Apple Inc.

In 2009, Facebook added Cherokee to its popular social web site. Boney is one of 14 translators on Facebook who helps Cherokee people maintain cultural ties by allowing speakers registered on the site to translate a glossary of common Facebook words and phrases.

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ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. Microsoft ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎠᏂᏙᎾᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᎮᎵᏨ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎾᎵᏔᏅ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏤ Windows ᏧᏁᎳ ᎠᎢᏒ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ ᏐᏁᎳᏚᏏᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏰᏟ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏙᏪᎸᎦ ᎬᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ Windows ᎠᎢᏒ. ᏓᎳᏚ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎵ ᎾᎿ Microsoft ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏔᎾ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏪᎶᏗ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᎿ Window ᏧᏁᎳ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᎾ Microsoft, ᎢᎦ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏲᎬᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏚᎾᎵᏔᏅ ᎦᎬᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ Windows ᏧᏁᎳ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᎠᎢᏒ ᎬᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Carla Hurd, Microsoft ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙᎯ. “ᏙᎯᏳ ᎦᎵᏍᏇᏚᎩᎠ ᎦᏥᎵᎡᎵᏤᎲ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏅ, ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᏗᏄᎪᏔᏂᏙᎯ, ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏂᎫᏍᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏅᎢ. ᎨᎢᎠ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᏊ. ᎦᏳᎳ ᎣᎦᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᎿ Office 2013, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᎢ ᎠᎳᏍᎬᏍᏗ. ᎤᏔᎾ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎯᎠ. Microsoft ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᏂᎬᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᏥᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᎬᎢ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ.”

ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᏃ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏥᎨᏒ, Microsoft ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ Tracy Monteith, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎨᎳᏗᏙ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏁᎳ, ᏚᏛᏛᏅ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎤᎾᏠᏯᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᎵ ᎡᎯᏯ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎢᏒ ᎬᏙᏗᎢ. ᏞᏃ ᎾᎯᏳᏊ ᏱᏄᎵᏍᏔᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏚᎾᏠᏎ Monteith ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎾᎿ Microsoft ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᏯᏛᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᎢ.

ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏟᏌᏅ, ᏂᏛᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎾᎥ ᏄᏅᏓᎴᏫᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.

“ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎠᏆᏅᏛ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏪᎴᏍᏗ. ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏇᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ Microsoft. ᎠᎴ ᎦᏥᎵᎡᎵᏤ ᎾᎿ Microsoft ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎬᏩᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎸ ᎯᎠ ᏯᏆᏛᏗᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ Russell Feeling.

Lois Leach, ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏅᏃᎯ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏩᏣ ᎤᏪᏅᏍᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏂ ᏚᏁᎸᏔᏂ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ Ꮭ ᏱᏙᎩᎮ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᏙᏢᏅᎢ.

“ᏝᏃ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏴᏓᏅᏖᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎩᎳ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏱᏓᏓᏟᏌᏅ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Leach. “ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᏛᏯᏙᎵ.”

ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᎤᏛᏅ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᏳᎪᏓ ᎾᏃ 180,000 ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᏔᏂᏗᏴ ᏗᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᎨᏒ ᎣᏂᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎩᏓ ᏚᎾᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᎭᎩᏓ ᏥᏚᎾᏁᎶᏔᏁᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

“ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏕᏥᎸᏫᏍᏓᏏ, ᎠᎴ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎡᏥᎸᏉᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ,” ᏚᏬᏎᎸ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ. ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏔᏅ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ Windows 8 “ᏙᎯᏳ ᎬᏃᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ.”
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᏲᏎᏗ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
“ᏙᏣᎵᎮᎵᏤ Microsoft ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏟᏌᏅ ᎤᏅᏙᏗᎢ. ᏝᏃ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏱᏛᏃᏢᏔᏂ ᎯᎠ, ᎣᎦᏅᏔ, ᎾᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏓᏅᏛ, ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏃᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᎵᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬᎾ.”

ᎾᎿ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏁᎸ Google ᏧᎾᎪᏙᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᎺᎵ ᎬᏙᏗ ᏥᎺᎵ. ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏃᏇ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏧᎾᏓᏙᏪᎳᏅᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᏥᎺᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᏝᏃᎮᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᎪᏪᎵ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏅᏗ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ, Google ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏛᎬ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏊ ᎨᎶ ᎬᏩᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏬᏪᎶᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎭᎢ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᎢᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎶᎯ ᎾᏯᏛᎥ ᎠᏏᎳᏕᏫᏒ ᎬᏙᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ.

ᏐᎢᏃ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ, ᎯᎠ ᎤᎶᎪᎲᏍᏗ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎪᏍᏚ ᎤᏅᎪᏅᏔᏅ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎳ ᏓᏝᎥ ᏏᏉᏯ ᏧᏬᏪᎳᏅᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᏧᏬᎷᏩᏛᏓ. ᎠᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ John Ross ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᏚᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᎷᏩᏛᎲ ᎢᏗᎬᏗ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏱᎵᏙ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎴᏴᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏙᏪᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎦᏙᎥᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩᎢ.

ᏏᏉᏯ ᏚᏬᏢᏅ ᏧᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ, ᏌᏊᎭ ᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏌᏊ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏊ ᎢᏍᏗ. ᎪᏢᏗᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎳ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ, ᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᏦᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊᎢ ᎢᏧᎳ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᏯᏙᏢᎾ ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᏎᏍᏗ ᎯᏍᎩᏧᏈ ᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏗᎵᎪᏙᏗ. Ross ᎤᏬᏢᏅ 0 ᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏯᏔᎳᏗᏅᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏯᏦᎠᏗᏅᏛ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᎾᎿ Unicode ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎠᎢᏒ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᏓᏗᎵᎦᏊ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎦ ᏂᎦᏛ ᎤᏠᏱᎭ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᎵᏱᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎦᏙᎢᎥᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩᎢ.

“Unicode ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎦᏙᎢᎥᏒ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᏃᏊ ---- ᏎᎵ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ, ᎠᎦᏙᎢᎥᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ, ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᏁᎸᏙᏗ…… ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᏊ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎬᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪ Unicode ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎬᏁᎲ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ,” ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏖᎪᎾᎵᏥ ᎠᏏᎾᏍᏗ Roy Boney ᎠᏗᏍᎬ.

ᏍᏆᏂᏯ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᏂᏪᏎᎰ Unicode Consortium ᏓᏄᎪᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎦᏙᎢᎥᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ. ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏌ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏧᎾᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ. ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏒ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ consortium’s ᏰᎵ ᏚᏙᎵᏨᎢ.

“ᏣᎳᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎠᏎᏍᏙᏗ (ᏎᏍᏗ) ᎨᏥᏁᎳ ᎠᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎦ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ Unicode Consortium. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏰᎵ ᏗᏙᎵᎦ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏗᏫᎳᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Boney.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᏊ ᏗᎦᎬᏙᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ iPhones ᎠᎴ iPod Touch ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏚᏟᎢᎵᏙᎸ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᏩᏂᎨ ᎦᎾᏗᏅᏓ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᎯ Apple Inc.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, Facebook ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ ᎤᏂᏰᎸ ᎨᏒ ᎦᏳᎳ web site. Boney ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏚ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ FacebookᎢ ᏚᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏧᏃᏪᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ site ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᎣᎾᏗᏢ ᏧᏗᎪᏪᎶ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏣᏔᏊ Facebook ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅᎢ.

About the Author
Will lives in Tahlequah, Okla., but calls Marble City, Okla., his hometown. He is Cherokee and San Felipe Pueblo and grew up learning the Cherokee language, traditions and culture from his Cherokee mother and family. He also appreciates his father’s Pueblo culture and when possible attends annual traditional dances held on the San Felipe Reservation near Albuquerque, N.M.

He enjoys studying and writing about Cherokee history and culture and writing stories about Cherokee veterans. For Will, the most enjoyable part of writing for the Cherokee Phoenix is having the opportunity to meet Cherokee people from all walks of life.
He earned a mass communications degree in 1993 from Northeastern State University with minors in marketing and psychology. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association.

Will has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 20 years. He has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a reporter and a photographer for the Cherokee Phoenix for more than 18 years. He was named interim executive editor on Dec. 8, 2015, by the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board.
WILL-CHAVEZ@cherokee.org • 918-207-3961
Will lives in Tahlequah, Okla., but calls Marble City, Okla., his hometown. He is Cherokee and San Felipe Pueblo and grew up learning the Cherokee language, traditions and culture from his Cherokee mother and family. He also appreciates his father’s Pueblo culture and when possible attends annual traditional dances held on the San Felipe Reservation near Albuquerque, N.M. He enjoys studying and writing about Cherokee history and culture and writing stories about Cherokee veterans. For Will, the most enjoyable part of writing for the Cherokee Phoenix is having the opportunity to meet Cherokee people from all walks of life. He earned a mass communications degree in 1993 from Northeastern State University with minors in marketing and psychology. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. Will has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 20 years. He has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a reporter and a photographer for the Cherokee Phoenix for more than 18 years. He was named interim executive editor on Dec. 8, 2015, by the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board.

Culture

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
02/16/2018 08:00 AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Kathy Dickerson worries about the future of the Kiowa culture. Dickerson is a St. Louis artist and citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. She said she does bead work, some silversmithing and brain tanning, where she takes the brain of an animal and uses it to tan the hide. Each tribe’s crafts are a part of its identity, she said. The Kiowa moccasins she makes are different from those made by other tribes, even neighboring tribes. Her work isn’t creative, she said, she’s reproducing art from Kiowa tradition. “We still do things that our ancestors did, and I’m still teaching my grandchildren what I was taught,” Dickerson said. People who are not part of federally recognized American Indian tribes fabricate their artwork and their history, she said. They fool people who don’t know much about American Indians, skewing their understanding of tribes. She said the problem is apparent in St. Louis, where non-Native people are brought in to give cultural presentations at community festivals. “They get the person that has dreamcatchers and tom-toms,” Dickerson said. “Things that are China-made and look like stereotypical American Indian stuff. These non-Natives that are not in a community, they don’t understand what Indians are.” The Missouri House Special Committee on Small Business has unanimously approved a bill that would ban people who are not citizens of federally recognized American Indian tribes from selling their arts and crafts as authentic American Indian work. Under federal law, members of state- and federally recognized tribes can sell their work as authentic. Chief Grey Elk of the Northern Cherokee Nation said all the work of their tribe is “authentic dating back to antiquity,” and the tribe’s artisans follow styles and patterns passed down through generations. “All we do is reproduce that,” he said. Grey Elk said the proposed legislation grew out of the animosity between the Northern Cherokee and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, a federally recognized tribe. The CN has long disputed the legitimacy of the Northern Cherokee Nation. “We’ve never got along, and it’s because we call them ‘Treaty Cherokees,’ and they call us ‘Wannabes,’” Grey Elk said. “We refused to sign any treaties, and they signed 50.” The Northern Cherokee Nation is a nonprofit group that states it is an American Indian tribe recognized by the State of Missouri, not the federal government. Then-Gov. Kit Bond issued a proclamation in June 1983, where he acknowledged the existence of the Northern Cherokee Tribe “as an American Indian Tribe within the State of Missouri,” and declared June 24, 1983 “Northern Cherokee Recognition Day.” Some, including Rep. Rocky Miller, the bill’s sponsor and a CN citizen say that proclamation does not make the Northern Cherokee a state-recognized tribe. Missouri has no established process for recognizing state tribes, and a list of state-recognized tribes will vary, depending on who you ask. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, which enforces federal law regulating the sale of American Indian art, doesn’t keep a current list of state-recognized tribes but was informed in 2014 by the Attorney General’s office that Missouri had no state-recognized tribes. The Attorney General’s office directed the Missourian to the Secretary of State’s office, which provided a list of 11 federally recognized tribes with a presence in Missouri, including the Absentee Shawnee of Oklahoma and the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska. The tribes on the Secretary of State’s list are centered in surrounding states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, and used to live on land in what is now Missouri. The Northern Cherokee Nation was not on the list. Grey Elk said he asked Gov. Eric Greitens to check to see if the proclamation is legitimate recognition. Miller, a Lake Ozark Republican, said any move to formally recognize the Northern Cherokee would be “ridiculous.” He said all tribal recognition should come from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. CN Assistant Attorney General Alayna Farris testified in support of the bill at a small business committee hearing on Jan. 24. At that hearing, she said the Northern Cherokee Nation and other tribes that are not federally recognized are appropriating authentic Cherokee culture and erode trust in the American Indian art market. Most American Indian art is regulated by the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, which allows artisans from federally and state-recognized tribes to advertise their work as American Indian-made. That would exclude the Northern Cherokee if they are not state-recognized, but Miller said the law is still necessary to give local law enforcement the ability to prosecute. “It’s just a much quicker and easier way to stop this theft of our heritage,” Miller said. Cases taken on by federal authorities can take a long time, Miller said, like the case of Terry Lee Whetstone, a Missouri man who pleaded guilty to violating the federal law in 2015, several years after he was reported to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Whetstone was eventually sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to stop selling his art or playing his flute unless he makes it clear that he is not a member of an American Indian tribe. The bill is similar to one passed in the Oklahoma legislature in 2016. That bill amended Oklahoma’s 1974 Indian Arts and Craft Sales Act to protect artists from federally recognized American Indian tribes. Peggy Fontenot, who is a member of the state-recognized Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia, sued Oklahoma soon after the bill was passed. She is arguing the law infringed on her right to truthfully describe her art as American Indian-made when she sold her art in the state. Oklahoma halted enforcement of the law in January 2017, pending the results of the case. Pre-trial motions have delayed the case in the Western District Court of Oklahoma, so the law is still not being enforced. Grey Elk said he has an antagonistic history with Miller, stemming from a dispute over the proposed placement of a sewage treatment facility at the headwaters of the Blue Springs Creek, which is in Miller’s district. Grey Elk also said he thinks Miller is against the Northern Cherokee because he is a CN citizen. “Rocky, I’m sure, could care less whether we label our stuff we make for powwows ‘Native American made,’” Grey Elk said. “Somebody down there has undoubtedly put a burr in his saddle.” Miller said he didn’t want the treatment plant on that creek, either. He said his issue was with Grey Elk making that land “fake holy ground” in order to stop the plant. “He’s basically a fraud, and he’s stealing my family’s heritage, and the people who join him are doing the same,” Miller said. Miller said he’s pushing the bill because he doesn’t like people who break the law, and he doesn’t like people who take his heritage. His family was forced out of their home and to the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, Miller said. “For someone to come along and make light of that by making fake arts and crafts, it angers me,” he said. Dickerson said that when people don’t know much about American Indians, they’ll gravitate toward people who fit their idea of what an American Indian should be. Much of that is influenced by Hollywood portrayals of American Indians, and isn’t accurate. “When we go out, people ask, ‘Can you glam it up a bit, can you throw a little bit of Hollywood into it?’” Dickerson said. “And it’s like, no, this is what it is. We’re showing you our culture. We don’t want to create something that’s glamorous over what’s real.” Those watered-down and stereotypical perceptions of what an American Indian is take away from unique tribal identities, she said, and people posing as Native Americans do the same. “They copy off of different tribes and they kind of make a hodgepodge of these works that you cant tell who it belongs to,” Dickerson said. “But these non-Natives, they’re taking it and they’re bastardizing the culture because they’re not going by anything but what they feel the American Indian is about.” Grey Elk said the Northern Cherokee’s works aren’t made just to be sold. The group’s website advertises several works, including jewelry and paintings, with contact information for the artists listed, but Grey Elk said they mostly sell at powwows. If someone is interested in a work, they’re happy to sell it and make another. Grey Elk said most American Indian tribes consider the powwow a chance to show off their culture, skills and wares. “And maybe it makes them a little money to boot,” he added.
BY STAFF REPORTS
02/15/2018 12:00 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The First Peoples Fund recently welcomed a new cohort of artist fellows who embody the “Collective Spirit” and whose lives reflect the traditional values at the heart of FPF’s mission - generosity, wisdom, respect, integrity, strength, fortitude and humility. And one of the 15 artists selected to receive the ABL fellowship is writer and Cherokee Nation citizen Traci Sorell of Olathe, Kansas. “I am humbled to receive this fellowship. I hadn’t initially realized all the marketing costs related to the launch of a debut picture book. My friend suggested that I apply for the First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership fellowship because it provides training, support and financial resources to artists wanting to grow their business,” Sorell said. “I am so grateful to be selected and look forward to the professional training that First Peoples Fund will provide me and the other fellows when we gather in Santa Fe, New Mexico, next month (March).” Sorell said the fellowship will help her launch an author website and design and print promotional materials for her book “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga,” which is set for release on Sept. 4. The fellowship also will create a free downloadable curriculum guide for teachers and anyone else to download from Sorell’s website and pay for travel to book-related events. “These costs would be very difficult for me to cover without the fellowship’s help,” she said. “Having this support also allows me to focus my time on writing more books and getting them ready for submission because that’s what is required to grow my business as a children’s book author.” Each year First Peoples offers two fellowship-grant programs for artists: Artist in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital. “We have such a range of mediums,” First Peoples Fund Program Manager Mary Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota) said. “Everything from Indigenous foods to performing artists. We have artists using traditional techniques in modern ways. I’m excited about working with the artists, seeing them grow, and their projects come to fruition.” Through projects of their design, as well as assistance and training provided by First Peoples Fund, it is hoped the 15 artists selected will develop skills to help them grow a thriving business for themselves and their families. “When an individual artist is uplifted and supported, they impact their families, communities and the benefits can ripple out regionally and nationally. This inspires artists to fully honor their cultural creativity and frees them to embrace their Native identity and voice,” Bordeaux said. “The Artist in Business Leadership fellows are doing work within to stabilize themselves as artists.” Receiving the fellowship goes beyond support for a year or a single project. Artist fellows are brought into the First Peoples Fund family and introduced to a network of artists, market opportunities and have a chance to build relationships while they grow their confidence and ability as artists. Founded in 1995, First Peoples Fund honors and supports the “Collective Spirit” of First Peoples artists and culture bearers and strives to make a difference, pass on ancestral knowledge and extend a hand of generosity. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org" target="_blank">www.firstpeoplesfund.org</a> or email <a href="mailto: info@firstpeoplesfund.org">info@firstpeoplesfund.org</a>.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
01/30/2018 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen Brian Barlow was awarded a $10,000 Dreamstarter grant in 2017 to make a difference in his community. Since then, he’s been working to integrate the Cherokee language into the town’s Walmart. Growing up in the CN capital, Barlow said he’s seen less and less of the Cherokee language being used, especially among the youth. Through language classes in high school and tribal activities such as the CN Youth Council and “Remember the Removal” bicycle ride he said learning the Cherokee language has become important to him. So when he heard about the Dreamstarter grant he knew it would be the perfect opportunity to put forth his vision to engage more youth with the language. His idea was to integrate the language into Tahlequah’s Walmart by translating the produce section into Cherokee and placing Cherokee phonetics, community level phonetics and the syllabary on produce labels. “You can grow up in Tahlequah and not know any Cherokee, and I don’t think that should be acceptable. You should at least know some words,” Barlow said. “So the idea is to revitalize the language by putting it into the grocery store where like grandma can take grandbaby to the grocery store and use it as a teaching tool.” He said using phonetics rather than just the syllabary simplifies it and make words easier to learn. “Syllabary can be confusing if you don’t know how to read it. Syllabary is really cool. Don’t get me wrong. Sequoyah was a genius, but I just don’t think people have time to learn it. So putting the phonetics in would help the learning process,” Barlow said. The Dreamstarter Grant is through Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills’ organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Each year, 10 American Indians under the age of 30 are awarded the grant to aid nonprofit projects that will benefit their community’s youth in some way. Since receiving the grant, Barlow has worked with Cherokee language specialists John Ross and Roy Boney Jr. to get Walmart’s year-round produce translated into Cherokee. As of now, he is working with Walmart’s marketing and licensing department to get the produce labels to “code.” If his idea is successful in Tahlequah, Barlow said he hopes to implement the Cherokee language in other Walmarts in other Cherokee communities such as Stilwell and Jay. However, his vision isn’t stopping there. He also said working with a company like Walmart could open opportunities for other Native tribes to put their language in their local Walmart stores. “I think it would help tribal communities across the U.S. Everyone has to eat. We all have to go to the store and get food, so what better way than to the put language where the food is,” he said. Barlow said he hopes to have the Cherokee language on produce labels in Tahlequah’s Walmart by Thanksgiving.
BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
01/22/2018 08:15 AM
TAHLEQUAH – On a cold and windy Jan. 9, Cherokee Nation cultural biologists and Environmental Resources specialists harvested sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, at the Heirloom Garden and Native Plant Site on the Tribal Complex. It is believed the sunchoke was a main food source for Cherokee people prior to European contact. “The sunchoke is a very important cultural plant. So that was one of the plants that we really wanted to establish in the Seed Bank and the native plant site. We were lucky enough to be gifted some really nice specimens from the Eastern Band (of Cherokee Indians) several years ago. They brought us three really nice plants. The three plants have really expanded,” Environmental Resources Senior Director Pat Gwin said. Gwin said the sunchoke is able to produce in mass amounts to harvest for the Seed Bank and as a food source. “Sunchoke, it was an important plant for a reason. It grows an extremely large amount of product for the amount of space, time and effort that you put into it,” he said. “We produce lots and lots of seeds every year.” Though the harvest ran a little late this season, Gwin said he expected hundreds to thousands of sunchoke tubers to yield. The plant is commonly harvested in the winter and may have been a winter food source for Cherokee because of its ability to grow in cold weather. Gwin said pre-European contact, the sunchoke was an important food source though it “fell out of favor” after contact. The plant has recently started to rise under the name of Jerusalem artichoke. The sunchoke resembles a sunflower when in full bloom. When harvested, the tuber underneath the ground resembles a potato, or water chestnut, and has similar qualities and textures due to its root structure. “When I have cooked these in the past, I’ve noticed that sort of eating them raw kind of tastes like a raw potato or even kind of like water chestnut. If you cook them, and don’t cook them at a high heat, they’ll kind of keep the texture of a water chestnut. They can mostly be cooked just the way that we would cook a potato,” Feather Smith-Trevino, CN cultural biologist, said. She said sunchokes are not commonly found in a grocery store or produced commercially, possibly because of its inability to “keep” once it is out of the ground. “With the potato, once we gather those, they can be stored for months and months at a time and they won’t go bad. But with Jerusalem artichokes, once they’re pulled out of the ground their usually only good for maybe about another week to two weeks. They don’t keep much longer than that,” Smith-Trevino said. For this year’s Seed Bank, around 88 packages were created for Cherokees to grow and harvest their own sunchoke plants.
BY STAFF REPORTS
01/19/2018 12:30 PM
PARK HILL – Native American youth are invited to participate in the 2018 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show, scheduled for April 7 through May 5. All artists must be citizens of a federally recognized tribe, in grades 6-12, and are limited to one entry per person. There is no fee to participate in the competition. Entries will be received between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 29 at Cherokee Nation Businesses, 950 Main Pkwy., in Tahlequah. All submissions must include an entry form attached to the artwork, an artist agreement form and a copy of the artist’s Certificate Degree of Indian Blood card or tribal citizenship card. Artwork is evaluated by division and grade level. Awards consist Best in Show - $250; first place - $150; second place - $125; third place - $100; Bill Rabbit Art Legacy Award - $100. The Best in Show winner will also receive a free booth at the Cherokee Art Market in October. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in conjunction with the 47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show. Winning artwork selected from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition will remain on display throughout the duration of the Trail of Tears Art Show. Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is hosting the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition. Applications are available at <a href="http://www.CherokeeArtMarket.com" target="_blank">www.CherokeeArtMarket.com</a>. For more information, call Deborah Fritts at 918-384-6990 or <a href="mailto: cherokeeartmarket@cnent.com">cherokeeartmarket@cnent.com</a>. The CHC is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive.
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett &
STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
01/16/2018 08:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Family Research Center located within the Cherokee Heritage Center has been assisting individuals with tracing their family genealogies since the 1980s. “We educate people,” Gene Morris, CFRC genealogist, said. “We’re here to promote our mission, which is preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture. That’s what we do on a daily basis with genealogy.” The CFRC is one of two locations in Oklahoma specializing in Native American genealogy and should not be confused with the Cherokee Nation Registration Department. “We (CFRC) have no right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ that someone is Cherokee,” Ashley Vann, CFRC genealogist, said. “What we are able to tell them is ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about a paper trail to back up that family’s story that’s been handed down from generation to generation.” Morris and Vann can be hired to help individuals complete their genealogies for a fee of $30 per hour, or $20 per hour for Cherokee National Historical Society members. For those wishing to conduct their own research, the CFRC resources area and the genealogy library are accessible from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with paid admission into the museum. Before visiting, Norris and Vann recommend gathering as much information as possible from several free and paid websites including <a href="http://www.fold3.com" target="_blank">www.fold3.com</a>, <a href="http://www.ancestry.com" target="_blank">www.ancestry.com</a>, <a href="http://www.oklahomacemeteries.com" target="_blank">www.oklahomacemeteries.com</a> and <a href="http://www.findagrave.com" target="_blank">www.findagrave.com</a>. The CFRC will also process genealogy requests by mail, but the timeframe in which the request is filled depends on demand. “Depending upon how many folks are back here in the library at one time wanting all of our attention all at the same time and depending on if one of us is here or both us are here at that time,” Norris said. “What we try to do is do those requests in the order they are received.” For more information, visit <a href="http://www.cherokeeheritage.org" target="_blank">www.cherokeeheritage.org</a>.