American Indian Studies Ojibwe Language Revitilization Project
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus-Department of Indian Studies
Recruit dedicate community members to take part in language instruction at the University level. Financially assist full-time committed language students in need. Train a qualified undergraduate student as an apprentice to assist instructors. Train three teacher student practicum’s in immersion classrooms to assist fluent instructors. Instructors and students will plan activities for enrichment ( to hold/attend events).
About the Issue
The Ojibwe language is an indigenous language of Minnesota, and like many other indigenous languages in the United States, has become endangered due to the effects of boarding schools, and policies which prohibited its use. It is spoken in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, and Manitoba.
Established in June of 1969, the Department of American Indian Studies is the oldest such program in the country with departmental status. Founded amidst the civil rights struggles of the sixties and early seventies, the program has long been committed to the development of theories and methodologies that reflect American Indian perspectives and it embraces ways of knowing that stand in contrast to the linear analytic Euro-American studies typically found in colleges and universities.