The Division of Indian Work’s First Language Project will service youth who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. The goal of this grant is that American Indian youth, ages 7-17 will increase their knowledge and practice of conversational Ojibwe language. Additionally, the goal is that these students will continue to study the language after the grant cycle is over. Measurement of these goals will be determined through periodic testing of the Ojibwe language acquisition.
The Ojibwe and Dakota Elder-Centered Curriculum Development Project will utilize two primary strategies to achieve its goals. The first of these is hiring qualified consultants to coordinate the project and produce the curriculum. They will work closely with the elders to understand how language is taught and how culture is the link that makes language relevant to the student’s experience.
The second strategy is to place elders and culture at the center of all development activity. This strategy is critical to the design of the project as the knowledge and experiences shared by elders will be used to develop the curriculum frameworks that will guide the curriculum development process from start to finish.
The Fond du Lac Tribal College will provide two-day language immersion weekends for students and teachers having intermediate level fluency. They will be offered one weekend each month for eight months from September 2011 through April 2012. The weekends will focus on participatory activities including individual and small group discussions, skits, meal preparation, games, and field trips to seasonal camps. A wing of the college dormitory will also be set aside for language students to speak Ojibwe together and participate in language enrichment programming.
Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia hopes to serve two broad populations with this project: collaboration among Dakota and Ojibwe people engaged in curriculum and documentation and give easy access to those who are looking for such resources. This will be accomplished by creating a web-based resource and a booklet that gathers, digitizes, organizes, and describes many of the curriculum materials and resources that are currently available.
The mission of the autonomous American Indian Services program serving Independent School District 318 is to ensure a quality education for all children of American Indian descent through cultural and academic support programs for PreK-12 students in all 15 District Schools.
The short term goal of the project is introduce the Ojibwe and Dakota Languages to the residents of Little Earth. Programs will be developed to help feel residents feel welcomed and have a basic understanding of the languages. Learning the language will also bring forth the culture of the American Indian community to the residents of Little Earth.
The Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District is the largest public district in the state of Minnesota with over 38,000 students in thirteen communities in Anoka and Hennepin Counties. It is the primary mission of the district to effectively educate each of our students for success.