, Muskogee, OK

December 19, 2012

Cherokee integrated into Windows 8

— Microsoft and Cherokee Nation executives are celebrating the addition of Cherokee as the first Native American language fully integrated into the new Windows 8 operating system.

The Nation will have a launch party from 10 a.m. to noon today in the Sequoyah Gymnasium Recreation Room, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah.

Microsoft employee Tracy Monteith, a Cherokee from North Carolina, asked his employers more than 20 years ago to include his native language in the computer’s core operating system.

In 2010 Cherokee Nation language technologists met with Monteith and others at Microsoft to get the project off the ground. A team of translators was assembled, ranging from tribal employees, speakers in the community and Cherokee college students.

Lois Leach, a 56-year-old clerk in the Cherokee Nation roads department, logged more than 100 volunteer hours translating computer terms.