Department of Indian Studies-Ojibwe People's Dictionary
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
The objective of the grant is to develop a strategy and responsive plan for wide-spread public engagement with the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary during the first year it will be available on-line. Speakers of the Ojibwe language, beyond the group of Ojibwe elders in Minnesota with whom the University now collaborates with, may be encouraged to contact the University once the dictionary is online and wish to participate in the next stage of the dictionary’s development. The University also expects that smaller historical societies and museums, tribal colleges, tribal and non-tribal organizations, and other institutions and even individuals may have collections—historic photographs, films, audio and visual materials, primary archival documents and other important secondary sources, and historic or contemporary language materials they will want to contribute to the OPD. This grant will provide the Department of American Indian Studies with funds to support appropriately trained graduate and undergraduate students to work with organizations, institutions, and members of the Ojibwe community throughout Minnesota and the region during the second year of the OPD, the first year of public response and reaction, which will contribute to the long-term success of the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, making it truly a “People’s” dictionary.