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...

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