The overall purpose of this initiative is to welcome more American Indians into the University to increase the number of speakers of the Dakota and Ojibwe languages. This will be done by the enrollment of adults in the Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion model classes, as well as, enrolling youth into the youth classes. The University will offer immersion model 100-level courses in Dakota and Ojibwe languages and provide scholarships to ensure accessibility and participation.
The goals of this grant include the continued recording and the professional transference of existing elder stories. The purchase of a professional dictation kit will ensure that the continued recordings are of highest quality.
Grant Activities: The goal of this grant is to support students’ acquisition of the Ojibwe and Dakota language and culture which begins in early childhood immersion at Anishinabe Academy by providing a language and culture table for their families. The Mino-Bimaadiziai/Chante Luta Language and Culture Table will focus on words, place names, and serve to build a non-threatening environment where parents, community members, and schools professionals will grow and develop.
The Minnesota Ojibwe Language Collaboration has the ability to serve anyone interested in learning the Ojibwe language with a focus on the Ojibwe Tribes in Minnesota through the development of a language revitalization internet program which will be free and can be downloaded.
The mission of the Ojibwe Immersion Program is to engage Language in our communities and guide community educators to be involved and to strengthen our community through education, encouragement, and support for American Indian Ojibwe people.
The Tribal College partners with the Fond du Lac Community College making it unique among colleges in the United States and providing it with strength and versatility in fulfilling its mission. That mission is to offer the highest standard of educational opportunities to the Anishinaabeg community and other native communities in a welcoming and culturally relevant learning environment.
The short term goals are to create a constant and regular forum of Ojibwe language discourse between speakers. To record historical stories, anecdotes, and traditional lessons during appropriate times and in appropriate places, and to make documentation of local dialect forms.
Grant Activities: The short term goals are to use language and traditional teachings as literacy tools through the development of an Anishinaabemowin Family Literacy program taking place throughout the 2012-2013 school years. The Anishinaabemowin Revitalization team will consist of school staff, elders, tribal government employees, parents, and community members.