Cherokee Speaker Roll Project to visit Stilwell on July 26
First-language Cherokee speakers who sign the Cherokee Speaker Roll Book will be presented a medallion with the image of Sequoyah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
STILWELL – The Cherokee Speaker Roll Project will make a stop in Stilwell on July 26 at the Stilwell High School.
Cherokee Speaker Roll Project events begin at 4 p.m. with an early-bird roll signing, and dinner is at 6 p.m.
First-language Cherokee speakers from the Stilwell area are invited to attend the event and sign the roll book. Speakers who sign the roll book will be presented a medallion with the image of Sequoyah.
Manager of the Master Apprentice Program Howard Paden said he and his staff have been getting a good response from first-language Cherokee speakers.
“We’re just recognizing speakers and telling them we appreciate them. A lot of them have went through a lot of things to keep this language and keep this way of life, and we’re thankful that they done that, so we’re giving them a medallion and we’re feeding them and trying our best to make them feel special,” Paden said.
This summer 13 communities will be visited to gather signatures, said Paden, and others may be added later.
He added the effort should give tribal leaders a better idea of how many speakers are in each community and their ages and let CN leaders know where language resources are needed.
Other upcoming stops for the Cherokee Speaker Roll Project are the Jay Community Center on July 23, Kansas High School Cafeteria on July 30, Locust Grove Upper Elementary Cafeteria on Aug. 2, Lost City Community Center on Aug. 6 and the Cherokee County Fairgrounds in Tahlequah on Aug. 9.