Cherokee Nation Helping Save a Language

Cherokee Nation Helping Save a Language

Microsoft’s Local Language Program partnered with fluent Cherokee speakers to help the Cherokee Nation preserve their language.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

7 Comments on “Cherokee Nation Helping Save a Language”

  • Avatar for GIL Nunes

    GIL Nunes


    I would love to be better at speaking the language, My mother was Cherokee and my father. I have always loved being a Native American. My sister and I fell strongly about who we are and would never allow anyone to put us down. We both want to speak this language so if it is available to us please let us know. Thank You

  • Avatar for Kristina



    I would love to learn. Can anyone get it or only people in the nation. I am part Cherokee on my mother’s side but since I was adopted and my birth family wasn’t around I never got to learn anything. Besides most couldn’t read or right when I did find them. I want to learn all I can so if I can get this on my computer it would be great.

  • Avatar for Alice ford

    Alice ford


    i am currently being evaluated for a lung transplant but when that’s behind me I would love to lean my ancestors language! I also home school my children so I would want to teach them as well as my grandson who is 3yrs old.

  • Avatar for Brian C

    Brian C


    its been a long time since I invented the Cherokee Speaking Keyboard. That work began during Wilma Mankiller’s time and I completed its talking ability by the end of the Byrd era. I introduced it first to Garland Eagle, then Chad Smith stepped in and stepped all over it. My keyboard runs the Cherokee Companion and it speaks every word, not just 4. When CNO tried to just take my keyboard I ducked into a bathroom with it ad removed its brain and handed over the plastic. I still own the brain. I own the copyright to the brain as well. So I do hope Microsoft plans to compensate me for what I began when I wanted everyone Cherokee speaking Cherokee. I hope older people who have lots their language can get some back. Its a wonderful tool.

  • Avatar for Becky Bard

    Becky Bard


    I would like to see this available to others living out of the Nation. I am Cherokee on my paternal grandmothers side and for years she would not admit to being Native. What littlle language I do know, I did not learn from family.

  • Avatar for Pamela B. Wells

    Pamela B. Wells


    I so wish this had happened 40 yrs. ago. I’m Cherokee on my Father’s side,he was put on the roll, his grand mother was looked upon as a leader of the Cherokee people.Thru her I am directly related to 5 out of the 7 largest Cherokee families ,the Bean’s Field’s Hickey’s Gott’s & I can’t spell it right the Bouingdout’s .Her maiden name was Lucindia Bell Hickey , she married John Gott had 2 son’s Jack & Watt . I would love to speak Cherokee again, I was forced to speak English in school I am 64 yrs. young .

  • Avatar for Ricky



    I think it’s amazing and would love to have it for myself for I remember my grandmother trying to teach me the Cherokee language

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