Cherokee Nation Helping Save a Language

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 15th, 2014 Last Updated on: December 15th, 2014

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

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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 PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .


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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