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Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project

Great story about this collaborative project between the Lakota tribe, and National Geographic Magazine.   How National Geographic Used Cowbird Storytelling Tool to Tell a Reservation’s Whole Story: ”To make a really great narrative [in print] often means only telling the story of a couple of people, and trying to use those stories to tell the [...]

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Massive Digital Divide for Native Americans is ‘A Travesty’

Perhaps nowhere in the United States does the digital divide cut as wide as in Indian Country. More than 90 percent of tribal populations lack high-speed Internet access, and usage rates are as low as 5 percent in some areas, according to the Federal Communications Commission. “You have a community that perhaps treasures media and [...]

Google Now Supports Cherokee Language

In an attempt to preserve the endangered Cherokee language, Google has added it as an interface option. The addition, announced today, means Cherokee speakers can now make it their default language for searches, and help keep the language alive. Google also introduced an on-screen keyboard option. In practice, this means anyone who can read and [...]

Accessing Cherokee within your iPhone

Read more from this Tulsa World article at First, make sure your phone is running the latest version of the iOS operating system. If it’s not, connecting your phone to iTunes on your computer will give you a prompt to upgrade. If your phone is upgraded, first click on the gear-shaped “settings” icon on [...]

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In 188 Years, Cherokee Language Goes From Creation to iPad

Cherokee now included on iPhone keyboard By ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer Read more from this Tulsa World article at Though the fifth-grade class at the Cherokee Nation Immersion School in Tahlequah use computers throughout the school day, their eyes light up when education services staff let them borrow iPhones.  Within seconds they cluster [...]

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cherokee syllabary keyboard helps kids write and learn

Rachel and others at the Cherokee Nation Immersion School are the new keepers of their culture’s fire, carrying into the information age the Cherokee language and its syllabary, created by Sequoyah nearly two centuries ago.

Although the font was created through an agreement between the tribe and Apple Inc. a few years ago, the students have a new tool to help type the language: a keyboard overlay that replaces the letters of the English alphabet with those of the 85-character syllabary.

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