Tribe announces Language Bowl winners
By CN Communications
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Recently 14 teams from several area schools displayed their knowledge and understanding of the Cherokee language as they competed for top honors in the Cherokee Nation’s annual Cherokee Language Bowl.
Coordinated by the tribe’s Johnson-O’Malley program, the competition is designed to promote the study, use and retention of the Cherokee language in young people. It is open to schools in the tribe’s jurisdictional area to students in grades kindergarten through 12 who are eligible to participate in the JOM program.
“Our cultural competitions were developed for cultivating the ground for students of the JOM program to know and understand more of who they are and where they come from,” Shelley Butler-Allen, CN JOM program director, said. “The Cherokee language is a very critical element for a student’s self identity and tribal identity, so we feel like these competitions help plant the seed for them and for their future.”
Winners in Division I (kindergarten to second grade) included Belfonte Panther Cubs in first place, the Grove Ridgy’s in second place and Collinsville Cardinals in third place.
Division II (third to fifth grades) winners included the Belfonte Panthers in first place, Gore Redbirds in second place and Muldrow Red Dog in third place.
Division II B winners were Collinsville 1 in first place, Collinsville 2 in second place and Grove 5 in third place.
The Division III A (sixth to eighth grades) winners included the Zion Tsalagi Girls in first place, Jay Paint Clan in second place and Grove Aniwaya in third place. In the Division III B group, Grove Gigage Tawodi won first place, Collinsville Cardinals took second place and Grove Tsalagi Anigehutsa earned third place.
The Division IV A (ninth to 12th grades) winners included Gore Tsalagi Gotv in first place, Sequoyah Schools’ Beans and Frybread in second place and Muldrow’s Gigage Gitli in third place. In Division IV B, first place winners were Grove Might Mouse. Second place went to Pryor Lightning Hawks, and third place was awarded to Vian Night Hawks.
JOM is committed to the mission of encouraging American Indian student achievements and challenges students to excel academically, culturally and creatively. School districts contract JOM services through cooperative efforts between Indian education committees and school administrations. The program provides school items to eligible students, supplemental services for staff, educational materials, cultural resources and equipment.
ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏓᏂᏃᏣᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᎵᏂᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ. --- ᎾᏞᎬᏫ 14 ᏕᎨᎦᏘᏁᎮ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏱᎦ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎾᏅᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᎬᏘᎿᎥ ᎠᏃᎵᎬ Ꮎ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᎵᎪᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏍᏴ ᎬᎸᏉᏙᏗ ᎢᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏕᏘᎯᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎾᏅᏛᏁᎲ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ JOM ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ, Ꮎ ᏓᎾᎵᎪᏂᏍᎬ ᏓᎾᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏁᏉᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎵᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᎯᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏫᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏔ Ꮎ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎿᏅ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎬᎾᏕᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏓ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗ JOM ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
“ᏲᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎣᏣᎳᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᎯᏌᏅ ᏛᎨᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿᎢ JOM ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏅᏘ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᎦᎬᎢ ᎢᏳᏅᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎾᏓᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ” Shelly Butler-Allen, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ JOM ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏄᎬᏳᏒᏕᎩ, ᎤᏛᏁᎢ.
“Ꮎ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᏚᏟᏔ ᎬᏙᏗ Ꮎ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎨᎪᏟᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎨᎪᏟᏍᏗ, ᎠᏯᏃ ᏃᏤᎵᏍᎬ ᎯᎢᎾ ᏥᏓᎾᎵᎪᏂᏍᎪᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎪᎯᏴᏥᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏎᏍᏗ” ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛ (ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ) ᎨᎦᏠᏯᏍᏛᏅ ᏧᏲᎱᏒᎢ ᎬᎮ ᎠᏂᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ, ᎾᎿ ᏧᏍᏕᎲᎢ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏯᏢᏗ ᎠᏂᏙᎫᏩ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛᎢ (ᏦᎢᏁ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ) ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎨᎦᏠᏯᏍᏗᎭ Ꮎ ᏧᏲᎱᏒᎢ ᎬᎮ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ, ᎠᏥᏍᎬᎿᎨᏍᏛ ᎠᏂᏙᏧᏩ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏗᏏᏂ ᎩᎦᎨ ᎩᏟ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ.
ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛ 11 B ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎢᎨᏎᎢ ᏧᎾᏯᏢᏗ I ᎾᎿ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ, ᏧᎾᏯᏢᏗ 2 ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ 5 ᏦᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏄᎢ.
ᎾᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛ 111 A (ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ, ᎨᎦᏠᏯᏍᏗᎭ ᏌᏯᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏄᎢ, ᎣᎪᎢ ᎠᏂᏬᏗ ᏧᏂᏴᏫ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᎠᏂᏩᏯ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ. Ꮎ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛ 111 B ᎤᎾᏓᏟᎬᎢ, ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᎩᎦᎨ ᏔᏬᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏎᎢ ᎠᎬᏱ, ᏧᎾᏯᏢᏗ ᎠᏂᏙᏧᏩ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏔᏅ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᏦᎢᏁ.
Ꮎ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛ 1111 Ꭺ (ᏐᏁᎵᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ) ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎢᎨᎦᏠᏯᏍᏓ ᎠᏥᏍᎬᎿᎨᏍᏛ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎪᎳ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ, ᏏᏉᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ’ ᏚᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏚᏗᎬᏨᏢᏅ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏎᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏗᏏᏂ ᎩᎦᎨ ᎩᏟ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏎᎢ.
ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛ 1111 B, ᎠᏴᏱ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎢᎨᏎ ᏧᏍᏕᏄᎲᎢ ᏥᏍᏕᏥ. ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏔᏁ Ꮎ ᎧᏩᏯ ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏔᏬᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒᎢ ᎢᎨᏥᏁᎸ ᏓᏄᎪ ᏒᏃᏱ ᏔᏬᏗ.
JOM ᎨᎦᎨᏅᏓ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏑᏰᏟ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᏤᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎨᏥᏁᏄᎵᏍᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᎪᎾᏗᎢ ᎠᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᎬᎢ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏃᎯᏳᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᎾᏍᏛ. ᏧᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᏗ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏒᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏁᏤᎸᎢ JOM ᏯᎾᏓᏛᏁᎯ ᏌᏊ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᏗ ᏄᏂᎬᏫᏳᏒᏕᎩ. ᎾᏅ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎵᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎵᎢᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᏉᏥᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᎦᏛᏁᏗ ᎨᏥᎾᏝᎢ, ᎠᏕᎵᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏃᎯᏳᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏙᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ.