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Language Preservation

NOC supports the preservation of our many Native American languages and feels it is important to share these valuable resources. Through a Title III federal grant, in 2016-2021, NOC offered various language preservation events and resources through our Cultural Engagement Center

Digital resources are provided below and hard-copy resources are available for check out through the CEC. 

For more information about NOC’s Native American language preservation efforts, please contact Academic Affairs, 580-628-6200.

Cherokee Language Resources

The Cherokee Nation has many resources available for language preservation. Below are links to their online resources and information about others.

The Online Cherokee Language Center
Cherokee Translation Word List
Cherokee Language Free Tool Downloads
Cherokee Language Online Class Registration

For more information go to The Cherokee Nation’s Language Program Website

Chickasaw Language Resources

The Chickasaw Nation continues their work to preserve their language and offers the following resources for those who want to learn more about their efforts and/or their language.

“Reviving the Language” – a film by the Chickasaw Nation

Kaw Language Resources

The Kaw language was once near extinction and the Kaw Nation has made great efforts to revitalize the language. They have a large online resource library, as well as great personnel who teach classes in Kaw City and other locations. Please follow the links below to learn about their resources:

Kaw Nation Online Language Webpage
Kaw Language Lesson Downloads
Kaw Language Online Course

Osage Language Resources

The Osage Nation’s language preservation efforts include an online app, K-12 Lessons, and many more wonderful ways to learn and help preserve their language. Follow the links below to learn more.

Osage Nation’s K-12 Language Lessons and Information
K-12 Lesson Downloads
Osage Language Download Information 

For more information, please go to the Osage Nation Language Department webpage.

Otoe-Missouria Language Resources

Pawnee Language Resources

The Pawnee Nation and the American Indian Studies Research Institute (AISRI) have worked together to create educational materials in order to teach others and preserve the Pawnee Language. According to the American Indian Studies Research Institute website:
Copies of instructional materials may be obtained from:
The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma – Education Department
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, Oklahoma 74058

The Pawnee Nation also provides the following online lessons in PDF format:
Pawnee Language Lesson 1: Alphabet and Basics
Pawnee Language Lesson 2: Greetings and Introductions
Pawnee Language Lesson 3: Basics