Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 10, 2001 - Issue 29



Cherokee Nation Certifies Language Instructors

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. --- The Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center certified the first six graduates of the Certified Cherokee Language. Teacher program during the January Tribal Council meeting.
Marilyn Cochran of Briggs, Eli Nofire of Tahlequah, Dennis Sixkiller of Tahlequah, George Stopp of Chewey, Jimmy Snail of Rocky Ford and Sandra Turner of Salina received their certificates from Deputy Chief Hastings Shade and Principal Chief Chad Smith.

"Usually, at ceremonies like these we say congratulations, but in this instance, we say wa-do (thank you)," Smith said. "These language teachers are the strength of the Cherokee Nation. They are fluent in keeping our language and culture alive and we honor them for their dedication to making sure that our culture and language continue to thrive."

The students attended a 10-week review course prior to taking the four-hour certification test. The test covers reading and writing in the Cherokee syllabary, interpretation, translation, and requires fluency in the Cherokee language. Candidates for certification are required to be fluent and read the Cherokee syllabary in order to take the review classes.

"I am proud of these six students, and am very happy to see that all of them are already on the road to using their certifications to teach and preserve our language," said Anna Huckaby, Language Training Coordinator.

Four of the graduates are already working with the language in one way or another, and the other two have been offered full time jobs as Cherokee language teachers as a result of their certification.

During the graduation, Lisa LaRue, Literature Review Coordinator at the Cultural Resource Center, received a certificate as a Language Instructor Aide. In order to receive the certificate, LaRue assisted in developing the classes, holding the classes, and showed competency in reading and writing the Cherokee language in the Sequoyan syllabary.

A second certification review course is will begin soon. For more information on the certification process, or Cherokee language in general, contact Anna Huckaby at (918) 458-6170.

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