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SRPMIC Council Officially Adopts Writing Systems for O'odham & Piipaash

On June 7, 2017 the SRPMIC tribal council unanimously voted to adopt two official orthographies, one for O’odham and one for Piipaash. An orthography is a system of symbols used to write a spoken language. Most people would simply refer to this as an alphabet or writing system. The adopted orthographies have been used in the Community for over two decades, but had never officially been adopted until this week. The O’odham Piipaash Language Program had advocated formal adoption in the past, but the recent momentum in this effort was advanced by tribal council. Council expressed that they wanted to see consist spelling by the tribal government and schools when information is distributed to the public in our native languages.

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