Chickasaw Nation Collaborates With Apple on New Language Keyboard

Chickasaw Nation HQ

ADA, OK – The Chickasaw Nation Chikashshanompaꞌ (Chickasaw Language) keyboard is now available for iPhone, iPad and Mac with the releases of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3 operating systems.

“We welcome this collaboration with Apple,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “Our language is critically vital to maintaining our unique cultural identity as Chickasaw people. The Chickasaw keyboard included in this recent update is a positive step in our efforts to revitalize, and modernize our language.”

This collaborative effort between the Chickasaw Nation Language Preservation Division and Apple continues to bring the Chickasaw language to life.

The Chikashshanompaꞌ keyboard enables users to type in Chickasaw on their Apple device. The keyboard includes special characters for pitch accent, nasal vowels and the glottal stop character.