Cherokee for Beginners: the Long Road Back, Starting on Campus

Mike Simons for The Chronicle

Chris Smith, a senior at Northeastern State U., handles multimedia at the campus's Center for Tribal Studies. The statue is of Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee syllabary.
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Rebecca Carey-Drywater learned Cherokee the easy way, by growing up in a home where it was spoken all day long. Her mother knew almost no English, in fact, and while Ms. Carey-Drywater was still a child she became her mother's translator. "She...

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