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Cherokee Nation plans $16M investment in language program

 

September 27, 2019



TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The new chief of the Cherokee Nation plans to invest $16 million into the Oklahoma-based tribe's language preservation program, including a new cabinet-level position focused on its language, culture and community.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced the "Durbin Feeling Cherokee Language Preservation Act" in a statement on Friday. Feeling is a leading Cherokee linguist and one of an estimated 2,000 people the tribe currently identifies as "first-language" speakers, or those whose native language is Cherokee.

The new plan includes a $5 million renovation of t...



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