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Cherokee, Apple Partner to Put Language on iPhones (Dec 23, 2010)

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee children are asking for iPods and iPhones for Christmas this year because the tribe's written language has become available on those devices.

The tribe says it spent several years working with Apple to make the language available.

Cherokee Chief Chad Smith says the goal is to spread the use of the Cherokee language among tech-savvy children in the digital age.

Computers used by students at the tribe's language immersion school already allow them to type using Cherokee characters.

Smith has been known to text students at the school using Cherokee, and teachers do the same, allowing students to continue using the language after school hours.

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