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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 07:20 AM
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Cherokee, Apple partner to put language on iPhones
Keeping our language alive! I am so proud of my tribe.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101223/ap_on_hi_te/us_ipho...

Cherokee, Apple partner to put language on iPhones

December 23, 2010 5:46 AM EST
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Nine-year-old Lauren Hummingbird wants a cell phone for Christmas and not just any old phone, but an iPhone. Such a request normally would be met with skepticism by her father, Cherokee Nation employee Jamie Hummingbird.
He could dismiss the obvious reasons a kid might want an iPhone, except for this he's a proud Cherokee and buying his daughter the phone just might help keep the tribe's language alive.
Nearly two centuries after a blacksmith named Sequoyah converted Cherokee into its own unique written form, the tribe has worked with Apple to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod and soon the iPad. Computers used by students including Lauren at the tribe's language immersion school already allow them to type using Cherokee characters.
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