Accomplishments in Language Preservation
For Comanche People Has Been:
1. Founding of the Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee in 1993 by Ronald Red Elk and Edward Tahhahwah.
2. Adoption of an official Comanche Alphabet and Spelling System by the elected officials of the Comanche Nation in September 1994 by Tribal Resolution.
3. Workshops held in area Comanche communities (Apache, Cache, Indiahoma, Lawton and Walters) to acquaint tribal members with the new alphabet and spelling system.
4. Language Immersion Week-End held at Fort Sill Indian School in May 1994.
5. Developed and
published hundreds of copies of the N
UM UN UU Reader,
which was distributed widely during both school months and during summer
camps for children in 1994.
6. Comanche Word Game developed for a language contest held at the Comanche Nation Fair.
7. Community language classes were held from March through May 1996, in area communities.
8. Comanche language taught at Cameron University, Lawton, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman.
9. Summer pre-school classes held during the month of June 1995 in area communities, in which 76 children participated along with several fluent Comanche speakers.
10. A Picture Dictionary was developed and published beginning in 1995, with a CD added later to accompany it.
11. Development of a three year language pre-school program for three, four and five year olds in the Cache and Walters communities.
12. Cultural trip to Paint Rock TX in March 1997 to view early pictographs by Comanches, the first means of written communication.
13. Received a grant from Yale University in 1997 to review words from a 1894 and 1895 dictionary of old Comanche words.
14. In June 1997 a month long summer camp was held for students of all ages in area communities and twenty five speakers and aides were trained and taught 100 students.
15. $15,000 grant received over a period of three years to train fluent speakers the concept of teaching the Comanche language in complete immersion, beginning in 1997.
16. $115,000 grant received to implement and administer a three year Master-Apprentice Team Project for 1997-2000.
17. Grant received from the Oklahoma Arts Council for a Master-Apprentice Project in 1998.
18. Cultural trip to Palo Duro and Adobe Walls sites in west Texas in April 1998, in which 30 people participated.
19. Three day Language/Cultural Camp held in the Wichita Mountains near Cache OK in June 1998, in which 70 people participated.
20. Comanche word for “Peace” requested by Wintercount American Indian Card Company in Colorado for use on a Christmas card which was available in December of 1998.
21. In 1998-1999 a set of 48 Comanche Flash Cards was developed, followed by a second and third set. Later a cassette tape, then a CD would accompany the three sets of Flash Cards.
22. Richard Codopony Jr., a member of the Language Committee from Apache, OK, was honored by the United Nations in February 1999 for his work in preserving the Comanche language.
23. Cultural trip to Comanche Peak, near Granbury TX in March 1999, in which 28 people participated.
24. Cultural trip to Hutchinson County Museum in Borger TX on June 15-17, 1999, to view old Comanche photographs and give a presentation on Comanche culture.
25. Historical journey June 25-27, 1999, to Adobe Walls Battle site in west Texas to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Red River War of 1874-1875. Special recognition was given to descendants of the Comanche participants of that battle.
26. Provided speakers, teaching materials and learning tools during the Comanche Tribe’s two sessions of Summer Camps in June and July 1999.
27. Three day Fall Encampment held in October 1999 on the grounds of the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton.
28. Have handed out free language teaching/learning material and brochures during the Annual Comanche Nation Fair beginning in 1999.
29. Community language classes were held in area communities during 2000.
30. Fall 2000 completed the final year of the Lannan Foundation Master-Apprentice Team Project with outstanding results.
31. In the summer of 2000, we worked with Boeing Aircraft for a Comanche phrase to instill pride in the people working on the RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter at that time.
32. Provided speakers and teaching/learning material for the Comanche Nation’s Summer Camp sessions in 2000 through 2003.
33. In 2000 we began work on a Comanche Song Book that includes 116 hymns, written in Comanche with an English translation. Publication began in 2001.
34. Developed a set of four Comanche Lessons, which is accompanied by a CD, in 2001.
35. Certified two (2) Comanche language speakers to teach classes in the new Comanche Nation College that began with the Fall 2002 session.
36. Developed Comanche Language I and Comanche Language II books, which were initially used in the Comanche language classes at the Comanche Nation College.
37. In November 2002, Ronald Red Elk, president of the Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee, was the recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in Arts and Education for his work in preserving the Comanche Language.
38. In 2003 the culmination of several years work resulted in the publication of Our Comanche Dictionary, compiled entirely by Comanche people.
39. A banquet was held on May 25, 2003, to honor Comanche speaking elders who helped compile the new Comanche Dictionary.
40. We have provided training for several other tribes and an A.N.A. program in the immersion concept of teaching native languages.
41. Work was completed in 2005 on a set of three (3) CDs to accompany the Comanche Song Book that was compiled in 2000.
42. November 2005 Billie Kreger, vice president of the Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee, was honored during Native American Heritage Celebration month at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City for her work preserving the Comanche language. Geneva Navarro, language instructor at the Comanche Nation College, was also honored in addition to receiving the OK Spirit Award, one of only two given that year.
43. In 2006 a 12 minute Comanche Children’s Video was converted to DVD and given away to families with children.
44. Beginning in 2006 through 2010, several Comanche language DVDs have been produced to help teach the Comanche Sounds and Spelling System, and teach short phrases. They have been widely distributed.
45. In 2009 Community Classes for beginner's were held in areas throughout Comanche Country. Those classes continued into 2010 with a more advanced class held once monthly.
46. In 2009 Eighty-two CDs were made available to enrolled tribal members from old cassettes tapes dating back to the 1940s.
47. In 2010 Ninety-five DVDs were made available to tribal members. They include old movie film converted to DVD and newly produced DVDs for language learning.
48. In 2010 the newly Revised Comanche Dictionary was completed, with publication date set for October 1, 2010.