December 18, 2012

Cherokee becomes the first Native American Language on Windows 8

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma - Cherokee is the first Native American language fully integrated into the new Windows 8 operating system, a fact that will be celebrated Wednesday at Sequoyah Schools in Tahlequah.

More than 20 years ago Microsoft employee Tracy Monteith, a Cherokee from North Carolina, asked the company to include his native language in the computer's core operating system. It wasn't until 2010 that Cherokee Nation language technologists met with Monteith and others at Microsoft to get the project off the ground.

A team of translators was assembled, ranging from tribal employees, speakers in the community and even Cherokee college students.

Lois Leach, a 56-year-old clerk in the Cherokee Nation roads department, logged more than 100 volunteer hours over the past year translating computer terms that did not exist when the Cherokee language was developed.

"You don't look at yourself really doing anything that huge until you see it come together," Leach said. "It's amazing to think our work will be shared all over the world."

Wednesday morning, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Microsoft officials will be on hand at the school for an event recognizing the accomplishment.
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Responses to "Cherokee Is First Native American Language On Windows 8"

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is Awesome !!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Exciting progress. It is what I call civil behavior to recognize all languages and cultures.

  3. Anonymous says:

    long overdue,

  4. Anonymous says:

    about time...

  5. Ravy says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thankyou.

  6. Bj Dixson says:

    can't wait to learn our native language!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see that a native tongue is being recognized and implemented into today's technical world. Outstanding!

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is so exciting!

  9. Anonymous says:

    now I can learn some of my grandparents native language.thanks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    As Pastor of THE"GREAT SPIRIT" NATIVE AM. CHURCH PA. THIS IS A MILESTONE OF MORE TO COME,OUR PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LEFT IN THE DIRT NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE DIRT TO TURN TO STONE AND BUILD INTO OUR ONCE GREAT NATION!!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is an absolutely fantastic tribute to the Cherokee Nation.

  12. To bad I have a Mac,....... computer store here I come

  13. Anonymous says:

    yay!!!!!cant wait to learn

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have cherokee blood thanks cherokee nationand windows 8, it will be fun to learn the language of our people and my people.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I'm half Cherokee, my father was an elder, I was raised by my white biological mother and so never had the opportunity to learn my own language. I am so overjoyed at this moment in time, knowing that now I will be able to learn my own language to pass it onto my granddaughter who embraces everything Cherokee, stories, our storystick, etc. Wado for getting this accomplished !!! Wado !!

  16. Anonymous says:

    There are many of us who never got the chance to learn from our Cherokee ancestors who passed before we were born. I am so grateful that more is being done to preserve and compliment the Cherokee ways for the future and our children. This is AWESOME news. Many thanks.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Wado....Wado....Wado I can't wait to learn the language of our people. I have the book/CD for the Cherokee language but this is going to be so GREAT...doing the Happy Dance. Wado to Tracy Monteith, Lois Leach. Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Microsoft, and all who are responsible for this monumental event.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow, finaly... I was wondering when they were going to teach people the true language of this country, I never did beleive in French as second language and i am stil learning more about my colture. Thank you my brothers and sisters for this teaching and reaching out, some of my dreams are becoming reality. There is a lot for me to learn and this is a great start... Mnay thanks.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Awesome & Long over due! *^_^* <3

  20. Fawzea says:

    I'm using Linux, hope I can use it.The "wine" app. doesn't work to integrate the two. :-(

  21. Anonymous says:

    I am so greatful! We are truely blessed to see this! I so look forward to learning!!!

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