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.
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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
04/20/2018 04:00 PM
PARK HILL – The Cherokee Heritage Center is hosting cultural classes designed to preserve, promote and teach traditional Cherokee art. The Saturday workshops are held once a month and provide hands-on learning opportunities with various traditional art forms. Registration is open for the May 5 class on flat reed basketry and plant dyes and the June 2 class on flint knapping. Both classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $40 each. Early registration is recommended as class size is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call Tonia Weavel at 918-456-6007, ext. 6161, or email <a href="mailto: tonia-weavel@cherokee.org">tonia-weavel@cherokee.org</a>. The CHC is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive.
BY STAFF REPORTS
04/19/2018 10:00 AM
PARK HILL – The Cherokee Heritage Center recently received nearly $12,000 in grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council to support three new cultural artists in its interactive exhibits for the 2018 tourism season. “The addition of these artists to our staff will aid in our efforts to provide an engaging and interactive environment for visiting guests,” CHC Executive Director Dr. Charles Gourd said. “We are thankful for the support of the OAC, which continues to support our mission to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history, art and culture.” Cherokee Nation citizens Lily Drywater and Geoff Little are providing cultural demonstrations in the ancient Cherokee village, Diligwa, which authentically portrays Cherokee life in the early 1700s. Drywater performs traditional finger weaving, and Little demonstrates the art of bow making. CN citizen Charlotte Wolfe has joined the team in Adams Corner Rural Village, which represents Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. Wolfe demonstrates Cherokee basketry and cornhusk dolls. “As a young girl, I had a hunger for my heritage and a desire to immerse myself in the Cherokee culture,” said Wolfe. “That spark has fueled my career, and I have had the privilege to study a variety of Cherokee art forms, many from Cherokee National Treasures. I feel that each one is a gift passed down to me, and I take great pride in sharing that knowledge with guests visiting the heritage center. I hope that each guest leaves with a better understanding of Cherokee culture, and that they feel inspired to learn more.” The CHC is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It’s located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Funding provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council is supported financially by the state and the National Endowment for the Arts. The OAC is the state agency for the support and development of the arts. Its mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. It provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.arts.ok.gov" target="_blank">arts.ok.gov</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
04/18/2018 12:15 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Following the Native film series and keynote speakers throughout the week, the Northeastern State University 46th annual Symposium on the American Indian will conclude with the NSU Powwow. The powwow begins at 2 p.m. on April 21 in the University Center Ballroom. Kelly Anquoe will begin the day by teaching a dance workshop that will provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about the styles of dance and types of regalia that will be seen during the powwow. There will also be time for questions related to powwow protocol. The Learning Traditional Dance Workshop will be at 2 p.m. A Gourd Dance will begin the powwow at 3 p.m., followed by a dinner break from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the Grand Entry/Intertribal will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at midnight. Event leaders include the master of ceremonies Stanley John (Navajo), head lady dancer Robyn Chanate (Cherokee/Kiowa), head man dancer Daniel Roberts (Muscogee Creek/Aleut/Choctaw), head gourd dancer Chris Chanate (Kiowa/Cherokee), head singer Joel Deerinwater (Muscogee Creek/Cherokee), Color Guard from the Mvskoke Creek Nation Honor Guard and the arena director Tony Ballou (Cherokee/Creek/Navajo). Traditional arts vendors will be set up at the event along with institutional and organizational display booths. Symposium activities are free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nsuok.edu/symposium" target="_blank">www.nsuok.edu/symposium</a>.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
04/18/2018 08:15 AM
PARK HILL – Cherokee Nation citizen Troy Jackson won the grand prize for his sculpture “Adadolisdi – The Prayer” at the Cherokee Heritage Center’s 47th annual Trail of Tears Art Show. Winners were announced during an April 6 ceremony and opening-night reception for the art show, which runs through May 5. The TOTAS is the longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma and features authentic Native American artwork from artists of different federally recognized tribes. This year the show received 172 submissions from 89 artists representing 12 tribal nations. All featured artwork is available for purchase throughout the show’s duration. CHC Curator Callie Chunestudy said the show received a record number of entries and has about 16 new artists who have previously entered the show. “It’s a great opportunity for artists both new and seasoned to display their work and have it in a tribal museum. I think you will see a lot more variety. People are really starting to come into their own with things like graphic arts and coming out of the box a little more with sculptures and some of what people consider kind of the more traditional arts. So you get to see some new and interesting things you may have not seen before,” she said. Artists competed for more than $15,000 in prize money in seven categories: painting, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphics, jewelry and miniatures. As the grand prize recipient, Jackson received $2,00 and a copper gorget. He said his inspiration for the piece came from what he starts each day with – prayer. “I use prayer to keep focused and to keep on task. Being an artist isn’t an easy job, especially being a self-employed artist, so I have to have something that keeps me focused and that is what prayer does for me.” CN citizen Ron Mitchell took honorable mention in the graphics category for his piece “Out of the Darkness.” He said he’s been entering the show off and on since 1987. “I like this particular show because it is the Trail of Tears show…It gives us a showcase that we can actually show artwork that depicts what happened to our tribe and a lot of the other tribes, too when the Removal Act took place,” Mitchell said. Awards for the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition were also announced during the ceremony, which includes art by Native American youth from grades 6-12 and precedes the annual Cherokee Art Market in the fall. Youth artwork will be on display and for sale through the length of the show, too. For a complete list of winners, visit <a href="http://www.Anadisgoi.com" target="_blank">www.Anadisgoi.com</a>. <strong>2018 Trail of Tears Art Show winners</strong> Painting: Kenny Henson, Cherokee Nation, “Awi Usdi and the Invasive Species” Sculpture: Paul Hacker, Choctaw Nation, “Eagle Song” Basketry: Mike Dart, Cherokee Nation, “Wild Onion Gathering Basket” Pottery: Jane Osti, Cherokee Nation, “Earth, Spirit and Fire” Jewelry: Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee Nation, “Hero Twins” Graphics: John Gritts, Cherokee Nation, “Keep, Out, Indian Reservation, Government Property” Miniature: Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Walking Home from the Store” Emerging Artists: Mike Phillips, Cherokee Nation, “Balance of Life” Trail of Tears Award: Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Choctaw Removal” Bill Rabbit Legacy Award: Kindra Swafford, Cherokee Nation, “Bond” Betty Garner Elder Award: Norma Howard, Choctaw Nation, “Choctaw Removal” <strong>2018 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition winners</strong> Best of Show: Lindsay Petitt, Cherokee Nation, “Fireside Tales” 2-D, grades 6-10: Tyrus Teehee, Cherokee Nation, “Suli and the Waterbeetle” 2-D, grades 11-12: Xeneca LeClair, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, “Blue Shawl” 3-D, grades 6-8: Julia Lewis, Cherokee Nation, ??????? 3-D, grades 9-10: Alexis Rietman, Cherokee Nation, “Exploring New Traditions” 3-D, grades 11-12: Graycianne Bennett, Cherokee Nation, “Just Hanging Out” Judge’s Choice: Tucker Williams, Cherokee Nation, “Native Beauty” Judge’s Choice: Graycianne Bennett, Cherokee Nation, “Just Hanging Out" Judge’s Choice: Chloe Davis, Cherokee Nation, “Personification of Sunshine" Bill Rabbit Award: Graycianne Bennett, Cherokee Nation, “Just Hanging Out”
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Reporter – @cp_bbennett
04/16/2018 08:15 AM
TAHLEQUAH – The Encore! Performing Society on April 8 previewed its reimagined production of “Four Moons,” which highlights the careers of five Native American ballerinas. “The history of the five ballerinas was always interesting to me because they are so unique. There’s only a handful of Native American ballerinas in the world,” “Four Moons” Director Lena Gladkova-Huffman said. The production features 12 female dancers, nearly all of who are Cherokee, and uses digital backdrops with archived footage, pictures and interviews to showcase the life and careers of Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin and sisters Maria and Marjorie Tallchief. The group became known as the Five Moons and rose to prominence in the mid-1900s during a time when ballet was largely considered a Russian art form. The women represented the Cherokee, Osage, Choctaw and Shawnee tribes. Four of them danced together for the original 1967 production, which occurred during the Oklahoma Indian Ballerina Festival. It was titled “Four Moons” because the Tallchief sisters were highlighted together. “When we picked up this production, the girls had to do a lot of research and find out who each ballerina was. So they come out of this production with bigger knowledge of the world in general, and hopefully our audience will too,” Gladkova-Huffman said. “There were these five amazing women who, from children, decided to dedicate their life to art.” She said her fascination with the Five Moons and the original performance sparked the need for a reimagining featuring her choreography. “They met and danced, and it was a unique occasion because everybody danced, with the exception of Maria Tallchief, who was retired, and then nobody video recorded them. So from then on everybody that has recreated this play has used original choreography,” she said. Gladkova-Huffman studied ballet in Volgograd, Russia, and though she pursued a career as a doctor after immigrating to America, she’s “closely connected” to directing and choreographing. Many girls featured in her reimagining come from her dance studio, though each “handpicked” ballerina had to meet select criteria. They also vary in age from elementary- to college-aged students to highlight the Five Moons as younger and older versions. Cherokee Nation citizen Natalie Walker, 19, studies at Northeastern State University and is dancing as the older Chouteau. She said she and her younger partner unfurl a ribbon during their dance as a nod to the Cherokee people and Chouteau’s heritage. “There is a part in my dance where we pull a white ribbon and it separates the stage, which is supposed to represent the Trail of Tears,” she said. “It separates us from our Cherokee heritage, as well as the younger and older versions of (Chouteau).” Walker said the dancers have rehearsed on weekends for months to prepare. “We all are very good about taking criticism from Mrs. Lena very well, which I think helps us improve in dancing and for the production,” she said. “It has taken many, many practices since then to get ready for this, and I love dancing in front of people.” CN citizen Lacy Ullrich, 13, portrays the younger Marjorie Tallchief. “I didn’t really know much about it the first time I did this, but it sounded fun,” she said. “They’re all very interesting, and they’ve accomplished a ton of really cool things throughout their lifetime. All these girls come from different tribes, and one of them is Cherokee, and they were all born in Oklahoma, so it’s fun to get to dance the Cherokee variation.” Portraying Hightower is CN citizen Hadley Hume, 17, who will attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock this fall to major in performance dance. She said audiences should expect to see a mix of traditional ballet and Native American aspects. “You’ll see us dancing on point, on flat, but we’ll also have one girl come out in a traditional Cherokee dress. It’s just really amazing to be able to bring all of their tribes together, and it’s just a really cool way to say, ‘hey look, we’re all here.’” Her mother, Dayna, is the vice president of Encore! who secured the rights to composer Louis Ballard’s music from the 1967 production. She also designed the traditional costumes. “All of the coral dresses that you’ll see and the ribbon work, I’ve done,” she said. “I tell (the girls), ‘I create it, you bring it to life. You make it come to life when you dance.’ We’ve also had some various local Cherokee National Treasures that’s worked on other pieces.” The preview was held ahead of scheduled performances in Washington, D.C., for the annual Cherokee Days on April 13-15 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
BY STAFF REPORTS
04/12/2018 04:00 PM
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on April 13 will open its “Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal” exhibition, which the Cherokee Nation curated. Running until January, the exhibition contains reproductions of historical documents, drawings and portraiture, first-hand accounts and contemporary voices. According to the NMAI, the 40-panel exhibition takes a deeper look at Indian removal from the Cherokee perspective and dispels misconceptions about the Trail of Tears while providing a realistic look at the cost of greed and oppression. For more information, visit <a href="http://nmai.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item/?id=967" target="_blank">http://nmai.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item/?id=967</a>.