Cherokee

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WCU records Cherokee anthem, helps with language revitalization

What began as a request to translate “The Star-Spangled Banner” into Cherokee evolved instead into a new song, the “United Cherokee Nations Anthem,” which was recorded in a studio for the first time at Western Carolina University. The anthem opens with a translation of “O say can you see,” but then takes its own course into messages of strength and the desire for peace.
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Students mentor Cherokee youth, explore heritage through program

Wayne Robbins, English instructor at Western and SMART program director, is rolling out new activities and rewards to strengthen a different kind of bond – the bond between the tribe's young members and their own heritage. The recent Cherokee Preservation Foundation's decision to continue supporting the program with a more than $50,000 grant to WCU's English department means Robbins will be able to advance those efforts into the 2006-07 school year.