Nine-year-old Lauren Hummingbird wants a cell phone for Christmas–and not just any old phone, but an iPhone. Such a request normally would be met with skepticism by her father, Cherokee Nation employee Jamie Hummingbird. He could dismiss the obvious reasons a kid might want an iPhone, except for this–he’s a proud Cherokee and buying his daughter the phone just might help keep the tribe’s language alive. Nearly two centuries after a blacksmith named Sequoyah converted Cherokee into its own unique written form, the tribe has worked with Apple to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod and—soon–the iPad. Computers used by students–including Lauren–at the tribe’s language immersion school already allow them to type using Cherokee characters, the Associated Press reports…

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Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.