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 STAFF REPORTS
12/12/2017 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday December 14, 2017 from 12:30 - 4pm. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship. For further information about the event, please contact: the Language Program at (918) 453-5151; John Ross at (918) 453-6170; or Roy Boney, Jr. (918) 453-5487. Tsalagi aniwonisgi unadatlugv dodvnatlosi Nvgineiga Vsgiyi 14, 2017, ganvsulvi 12:30pm adalenisgi 4:00pm igohida. Na Anitsalagi tsunalisdayetiyi tsigotlv unaditli wayvsdi onadilvyvi utani kanvsula dodvnatlosi. Naniv Anitsalagi aniwonisgi otsitayohiha uniluhisdii. Alisdayvdi ayohisdi yodulia. Dodayotsadatlisani ale dodayotsalisdayvna hilutsvi. Ugodesdi tsadulihesdi tsadelayohisdi hiina wigehiyadvdi: Tsalagi Gawonihisdi Unadotlvsv (918) 453-5151; John Ross (918) 453-6170; or Roy Boney, Jr. (918) 453-5487.
BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
12/09/2017 10:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – With its 2017 annual homecoming T-shirt now for sale, the Cherokee Phoenix is calling for Cherokee artists to submit design concepts for the news organization’s 2018 T-shirt. In 2016, the Cherokee Phoenix staff introduced a T-shirt to differ from the tribe’s Cherokee National Holiday T-shirt. Phoenix staff members contracted with artist Buffalo Gouge for the shirt’s initial design. For this year’s homecoming shirt, Phoenix staff members selected Daniel HorseChief’s concept out of approximately 10 designs from artists. The Cherokee Phoenix then contracted with HorseChief to create the 2017 shirt. HorseChief said his concept comes from a four-panel painting that features Selu, the Corn Mother in Cherokee lore. The image shows the bust of Selu, who is looking down into a Southeastern art pattern. Behind her on the left side are seven ears of corn with water under it. Behind her on the opposite side is a phoenix with fire below it. Above the phoenix is the Cherokee seven-pointed star. Above the image, written in Cherokee, are the words “Cherokee Phoenix.” Below the image, in English, is “2017 CHEROKEE HOMECOMING.” The limited-quantity, black shirts are short-sleeved, ranging in sizes small to 3XL and sell for $20 plus tax. The shirts are available at the Cherokee Phoenix office in Room 231 of the Annex Building (Old Motel) on the Tribal Complex. For more information, call 918-453-5269. They are also available at the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop, als0 on the Tribal Complex, or online at <a href="http://cherokeegiftshop.com" target="_blank">http://cherokeegiftshop.com</a>. Phoenix staff members will also have shirts available at the Cherokee Phoenix booths at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and Capital Square during the Cherokee National Holiday in September. The Cherokee Phoenix is accepting concept ideas from artists who are Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band citizens until midnight on Jan. 1. Artist can email detailed concepts to <a href="mailto: travis-snell@cherokee.org">travis-snell@cherokee.org</a>. For artists contemplating submitting design ideas, please note that if your concept is chosen and you sign a contract, the Cherokee Phoenix will own the artwork because we consider it a commissioned piece. As for what Phoenix staff members look for in a concept, we ask that artists “think Cherokee National Holiday” and include a phoenix.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
12/08/2017 08:15 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee National Treasure Tommy Wildcat recently released a CD tilted “Donadagohv’i” or “See You Again,” which consists of 10 original flute compositions that are either studio productions or recorded performances. The Native American Music Award-winning flutist said he’s been playing for 25 years and has traveled across the nation and abroad sharing Cherokee culture via his music. “It’s important to share my music with people to promote the beautiful word of our American Indian heritage, but it also inspires those around me and those who are just finding their Cherokee heritage to get involved,” Wildcat said. Wildcat has performed at historical sites, festivals, powwows and CN at-large community events. He’s made 18 trips to Hawaii, visited 37 universities and taken four European tours. He’s also been a featured performer at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Stockholm Water Festival and Cherokee Days at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Before gaining recognition as a flutist, Wildcat made Cherokee crafts such as blowguns, darts, clay bead necklaces and river cane flutes. While making flutes and perfecting their sounds, Wildcat taught himself to play and developed a love for it. “I was already making blowguns, but I was really interested in trying to make the river cane flutes, so I just kept trying to make them and after probably a hundred of them, every flute I made would make a sound. Every time I made a flute I would have to tune it up, so it gave me a lot of practice,” he said. “I enjoyed it so much, and it became the strongest tradition that helped me help my family and promote our heritage.” In 2013, Wildcat was named a Cherokee National Treasure for his flute making, which remains one of his proudest accomplishments. The title is bestowed to CN citizens who have dedicated their lives to teaching, mentoring and advocating traditional Cherokee arts. As a way to fund his travels, he began selling cassette tapes of his music, which later transitioned to CDs. Soon individuals and businesses were requesting his CDs, and within the first year Wildcat sold 10,000 CDs. For “Donadagohv’i,” his eighth CD, Wildcat dedicated it to his late father, Cherokee National Treasure Tom Webber Wildcat, and his mother, Annie Wildcat. He said the title is his thank you to his family and friends for their love and support. “Donadagohv’i, which means I’ll see you again, is my personal wado (thank you) to all my family and friends that helped me from my very my first venue and small venues to the big venues.” Wildcat’s family and friends inspired each song on “Donadagohv’i.” He said he titled the songs after Cherokee words and phrases that have significant meaning to him. “I’ve titled my songs after Cherokee words that are used throughout our Cherokee-speaking communities, which is something I wanted to really promote. Inspiration is in our Cherokee words, like my song ‘Osda,’ which means much more than good or fine. When our elders tell our young people osda it inspires them that they did good or something about them is great,” he said. Wildcat said he wants to perform and compose music as long as he can, but it’s also important the younger generations take initiative to keep traditional music alive. “It’s very important to me and our heritage that the next generation continue on with the pride we always have had in our parents, grandparents, ancestors, with flute music and all of our music.” “Donadagohv’i” can be purchased at the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Heritage Center, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Roland Casino gift shops or by ordering directly from Wildcat via Facebook.
BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
12/04/2017 08:15 AM
PARK HILL, Okla. – Cherokee Heritage Center genealogists Gene Norris and Ashley Vann agree that knowing one’s genealogy is important for various reasons such as giving people a look into their ancestors’ lives, bringing light to certain traits or even genetic illnesses or diseases. “The importance of genealogy is finding out who your family is, and that’s the baseline of any genealogy regardless what minority that you may find within the research,” Vann said. Common questions that arise when beginning genealogical research are people wanting to know from whom and where they come, Vann said. “The aspect of genealogy most people are into, the knowing of ‘where do I come from? What are the quirks that that ancestors is? What makes me, me?’ I see a lot of people do that, especially on television because they will start revealing their family genealogy and maybe a special eye effect,” she said. “Maybe they have two different colors of eyes and they realize that’s passed down from generation to generation.” Norris, who began conducting genealogy research 35 years ago, said one thing that interested him about researching his ancestors were the “connections” he found. “My mom was adopted at 3, so I didn’t know my birth uncles until later. Turned out one was an artist, and I like to do art. So, you know...there’s also (these) kind of connections you find with these ancestors and those are what fascinated me,” he said. “I think that’s why you should get into genealogy is because of that reason, of wanting to know more about who they were, where they came from, not to have a specific purpose in mind.” As for diseases or illnesses passed down genetically, Norris said he learned a commonality between a client’s great-grandfather and father’s deaths. “I got on Ancestry (.com) and started looking at these records. They were in Texas. They weren’t here at the time of Dawes (Rolls). But I came across a Texas death certificate of her great-grandfather, and when I printed that off for her she saw the cause of death, and that is what her dad had died from and she got very emotional about it because she didn’t realize that it was genetic,” he said. “A lot of people don’t realize that, but for her to actually see it there in print, in front of her, it made her step back and she had that ‘ah ha’ moment and got very emotional about it.” Although Norris and Vann have strong interests in genealogy, that’s not the case for everyone. Norris said his interest stemmed from a fascination with history. “It’s interesting that in regards to genealogy that those that are into genealogy, that are really into it, usually are the only one in their immediate family that is interested in it. The reason behind that, I do not have any idea,” he said. “For me, history is very fascinating. Not just family history, but general history and learning about who our ancestors were in a sense of what they did on a daily basis, where they came from. Try to flesh them out, so to speak, where they’re not just a name and a date on a piece of paper.” For more information, call 918-456-6007 or visit <a href="http://www.cherokeeheritage.org" target="_blank">cherokeeheritage.org</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
11/27/2017 04:00 PM
CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee National Treasures will be signing copies of a book about themselves from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Dec. 1. The signing is scheduled for the Cherokee Gift Shop inside the casino. Treasures will sign the recently released “Cherokee National Treasures: In Their Own Words,” which can be purchased for $49.99. The book gives readers an opportunity to get to know each Cherokee National Treasure through their own stories and what motivates them to teach and carry on Cherokee language and traditions. The Cherokee National Treasure award was established in 1988 by the tribe and Cherokee National Historical Society. To date, the tribe has awarded 94 CN citizens the honor of Cherokee National Treasure to those who have shown exceptional knowledge of Cherokee art and culture. Those selected actively work to preserve and revive traditional cultural practices that are in danger of being lost from generation to generation. The CN published the book with Pamela Jumper Thurman and Cherokee National Treasure Shawna Morton Cain serving as editors. Cherokee National Treasures Kathryn Kelley, Betty Jo Smith, Lorene Drywater, Dorothy Ice, Al Herrin, Bessie Russell, Edith Catcher Knight, Thelma Vann Forrest, Durbin Feeling, Donald Vann and Betty Christie Frogg served on the Cherokee National Treasures Book Review Board. To buy a copy, visit any CN gift shop or <a href="http://www.cherokeegiftshop.com" target="_blank">www.cherokeegiftshop.com</a>. Copies can also be purchased at most major book stores and online at <a href="http://www.amazon.com" target="_blank">www.amazon.com</a>.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
11/22/2017 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Fewer and fewer Cherokee people are speaking their native language, and the Cherokee Nation is losing elder speakers each year, so a monthly gathering of speakers is important for keeping the language alive, Cherokee Speakers Bureau officials said. On Nov. 9, the CSB held a gathering for Cherokee speakers in the Tsa-La-Gi Community Meeting Room for lunch, fellowship and to speak Cherokee. The CSB formed in 2007 to give Cherokee speakers an opportunity to speak the language with others. Ten years later, the CSB continues to be important for the language’s preservation. “This event is very important because we don’t get to talk in Cherokee very much anymore because like places where we work not all co-workers can speak it. So this event allows us to all come together to speak the language,” Kathy Sierra, CN Cherokee Language Program assistant, said. “I come to speak Cherokee, to see all my friends and just be together, you know. One of my speaker friends works at (W.W.) Hastings (Hospital) so we don’t get to see each other and speak Cherokee until this event.” Along with speaking Cherokee and having lunch, the event consists of storytelling, singing, community reports and word translation. CN translator specialist Dennis Sixkiller, who serves as the meetings’ facilitator, said attending the CSB and talking with other Cherokee speakers has refreshed his memory of the language. “I was kind of forgetting how to say some things in Cherokee. But from having a job (at Cherokee Nation) and being around people at the Speakers Bureau that speak Cherokee has really helped my language,” he said. “I just visited with a guy I grew up with, and a few years back I probably couldn’t talk to him in as much Cherokee as I did today, so it really has helped me out, and I really enjoy it.” For CN translator specialist Bonnie Kirk keeping the language alive is “crucial.” She said not only is it important for the older speakers to keep speaking the language, but it’s also important to teach others so CSB meetings continue. “I think right now it’s crucial to carry on the language that the Creator gave us. If we don’t, it’s going to be a lost art. We are fighting to keep that culture and teach our kids to speak Cherokee because if we don’t it’s going to be an end to a lot of our culture and to events like this,” she said. “This is our tenth year, and to this day we try to spread the word to different communities, and hopefully it will continue a long time because we really enjoy seeing each other once a month and speaking Cherokee with each other, and I hope that for the next generations, too.” Although the CSB is designated for Cherokee speakers anyone is welcome to attend, but only Cherokee is spoken. “We have a lot of students from different areas that just sit and listen, so everyone is welcome,” Kirk said. The next CSB meeting will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the same meeting room. For more information, call Roy Boney Jr. at 918-453-5487.