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New Chief Outlines Cherokee Language Preservation Program

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KFSM) — The new chief of the Cherokee Nation announced plans to help preserve the tribe’s language. The tribe will invest 16 milli...

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KFSM) -- The new chief of the Cherokee Nation announced plans to help preserve the tribe's language.

The tribe will invest 16 million dollars into the program. A Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah building will be turned into their new language center.

They will also introduce a new cabinet-level position to focus on language, culture, and community.

Approximately 2,000 tribal members currently identify as first language speakers or claim their native language as Cherokee.