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Recap of Native Language News Highlights

mathias | January 4, 2012

“Indian Country Today” published an article toward the end of 2011 recapping highlights in Native language news over the past year. SAIVUS reported on nearly all of them: • Ojibwe • Lakota • Squamish • Wampanoag • Cherokee • Inuktitut

Google Maps in Cherokee

mathias | October 21, 2011

The Cherokee Nation language technology group has created Google Maps in Cherokee, which is currently in testing stages. So far, they’ve translated local place names around Tahlequah as well as some state hotspots, and are planning to include different countries.

Cherokee Language Revitalization Comics!

mathias | September 30, 2011

Roy Boney Jr. (Cherokee) – who has been involved with many language oriented creative projects – has made a graphic novel that explains the history of Cherokee, in Indian Country Today magazine.

Cherokee All About Immersion

mathias | September 26, 2011

Sequoyah Schools of the Cherokee Nation extended full immersion classes to 6th graders and provided iPads and iPods to 7th and 8th graders as part of Sequoyah’s Technology Education Program (STEP). They’re using new technology in dynamic ways, consulting dictionary and vocabulary apps, taking reading comprehension quizzes, and creating video presentations. Reportedly, children are using [...]

Cherokee Nation’s Teacher Enrichment Institute

mathias | August 9, 2011

Native Oklahoma Cherokee speaker Susie Thompson volunteers teaching Cherokee language, history and culture to 5th and 6th graders twice a week, after attending The Cherokee Nation’s Teacher Enrichment Institute, a free enrichment program that helps participants refine their teaching prowess.

Cherokee Language Inspires Art Exhibit

mathias | July 25, 2011

From 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Tuesday – Friday) or 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Saturday) on Saturday, July 30th, 2011 – October 15th, 2011 you can view “Generations: Cherokee Language Through Art” at the Museum Center at 5ive Points (200 E. Inman St.) in Cleveland, Tennessee. This is an 85 piece exhibit with contributions [...]

A Good Summer for Cherokee

mathias | July 6, 2011

So far, this has been a great summer for Cherokee. It kicked off by the Cherokee Nation Foundation becoming the first Native American nation to endow a scholarship to Oklahoma State University (of $333,334), which was matched by the Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match to total 1 million. The Cherokee Nation Foundation’s mission is to provide [...]

Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Great Cherokee Nation Symposium Was Held in Mid April 2011

mathias | May 10, 2011

Northeastern State University’s Annual 39th Cherokee Nation Symposium ran from April 11th – 16th, which was, as always, free to the public thanks to financial support from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Muscogee Creek Nation Casino, Proctor and Gamble and numerous private donors. Native speaking Cherokee linguist and University [...]

Get Your Immersion by Attending Pow-Wows

mathias | April 11, 2011

Pow-wows (dances) give the general public a fun way of getting immersed in Native cultures and languages. The University of Iowa (.4% Native enrollment) helped fund a $35,000 inter-tribal pow-wow. Attendees Bob Morgan (a descendant of Bima River tribes) and James Sanderson Jr. (Potawatomi – Pokagon) stressed the importance of language in keeping traditions alive [...]

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