Dr. Craig Cornelius recognized with Cherokee National Holiday Award

In this video, watch as the Cherokee Nation honors tribal citizens and organizations that have made significant contributions in statesmanship, patriotism, community leadership, and devotion to the Cherokee Nation. For their work in preserving and promoting Cherokee art, language, and culture, recipients of the Cherokee National Treasure distinction are announced.

Jump to 27:10 for Dr. Craig Cornelius’ introduction and recognition. Craig has worked at Google since 2007. He introduced the Cherokee Nation language department, to the engineering team at Google, which has led to many advancements in Cherokee language technology.

Almost 12 years ago a chance meeting led to the wonderful collaboration between the Cherokee Nation and Google for supporting the Cherokee language based on previous work done by Cherokee linguists to standardize the syllabary into Unicode. The Cherokee Nation’s translation department has worked with Google to release the Cherokee language search interface.

“For me personally it has opened doors to working with small and large language communities on six continents. It has also led the Cherokee language experts to join international efforts, such as UNESCO’s International Year of indigenous languages in 2019. I am so thankful, honored, and humbled by our work together and by this award. I want to especially thank the Cherokee Nation, and my friends in the Cherokee Nation translation department for accepting and encouraging our work together, have opened my eyes to a wider view of history, and enabled the benefits of technology for languages and cultures around the world. I’m happy to share this honor with others from Microsoft and Apple – a great example of support for the people and their needs! I also hope to continue connections with PCI and look forward to seeing you all again soon.”  – Dr. Craig Cornelius. 

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