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Tsalagi LA - A Cherokee Nation Satellite Community of Los Angeles

Osiyo and welcome to Tsa-La-Gi LA.


Mission Statement Of Tsa-La-Gi LA

Promote and nuture the historical values for Cherokee citizens living outside the Cherokee Nation boundaries.

To learn and retain Cherokee language, history and culture for future generations.

To be knowledgeable and assist the tribal nation in the issues facing modern Cherokee citizens.

To disseminate information on issues and to act as liaison for the Cherokee Nation.

To work in concert with pilot California citizen Organizations for the benefit of the Cherokee Nation as a whole.




 All Cherokee Nation satellite communities are family, so please feel free to join our festivities, meetings, and events any time.  

Saturday, May 10
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Native American United Methodist Church
800 S. Lemon St.
Anaheim, Ca.

The May 10 meeting will feature Cherokee Nation representatives Ryan and Dawni Mackey performing "Social Community Dances and Regalia." 

Participants are asked to please bring a dish to share according to the first letter of their last name, as follows:

A-G: Dessert
H-S: Side Dish
T-Z: Main Dish

Tsa-La-Gi L.A. will provide beverages and paper goods. 

Ideas for future speakers and topics are always welcome. Please come share your ideas and meet others who share an affinity for the Cherokee community. 

Please see the dates of future meetings on our Events page.

Council members for the 2013-14 year were elected at the general members' meeting held Sept. 14 at Chumash Indian Museum and grounds in Thousand Oaks. They are:

Meeting Coordinator: Brandon Caruso
Secretary: Emma Snuggs
Treasurer: Irwin Whistler
Membership Coordinator: Jason Reed
Program Coordinator: Alan Pyeatt
Media Coordinator: Kimberly Locke
Historian: Patricia Wilson

Congratulations to all of the 2013-2014 council members who assumed their posts Oct. 1, 2013.

Apple partners with Cherokee tribe to put language on iPhones                
By Slash Lane
Published: 03:00 PM EST
Apple has partnered with a Native American tribe to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, in an effort to ensure the language is not forgotten.

Apple's work with the Cherokee tribe was highlighted in a profile published Wednesday by The Associated Press. The Cherokee people hope to spread the use of their language amongst tech-savvy children who use devices like the iPhone and iPad.

While software has already been developed for the iPhone and iPod touch, an iPad version of the application is also said to be in development. At the Cherokee Nation language immersion school in Tahlequah, Okla., teachers use the technology to text students in Cherokee after school to encourage use of the native tongue.

"Tribal officials first contacted Apple about getting Cherokee on the iPhone three years ago," the report said, adding: "After many discussions... the Cupertino, Calif.-based company surprised the tribe by coming through this fall."

Apple's legendary secrecy was even in place when it came to adding the Cherokee language to the iPhone. The tribe didn't learn that Apple had granted their request until right before iOS 4.1 was released
in September.

Apple wouldn't comment on the matter, or say how much the development cost, but tribe officials claim that Cherokee is the only American Indian language supported by Apple devices.

The Cherokee language was developed in 1821 by a blacksmith named Sequoyah. The tribe is said to take particular pride in their alphabet, and obtained a printing press to publish the Cherokee Phoenix in 1828.

But today, only about 8,000 of the 290,000 Cherokee tribe members speak the language, and most of those who do are 50 or older. The tribe is concerned that their language could disappear.



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