Cherokee is an endangered Iroquoian language and the native language of the Cherokee people. Out of 376,000 Cherokee people, only around 2100 are fluent in the language. The dialect of Cherokee in Oklahoma is 'definitely endangered', and the one in North Carolina is 'severely endangered' according to UNESCO. The Lower dialect, formerly spoken on the South Carolina–Georgia border, has been extinct since about 1900. The dire situation regarding the future of the two remaining dialects prompted the Tri-Council of Cherokee tribes to declare a state of emergency in June 2019, with a call to enhance revitalization efforts.
Learning Cherokee improves the knowledge of your own language. Understanding Cherokee enhances your opportunities in government, business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, marketing, etc. Creativity is increased with the study of Cherokee. As immigration increases we need to prepare for changes in society.