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Recap of Native Language News Highlights

mathias | January 4, 2012

“Indian Country Today” published an article toward the end of 2011 recapping highlights in Native language news over the past year. SAIVUS reported on nearly all of them: • Ojibwe • Lakota • Squamish • Wampanoag • Cherokee • Inuktitut

Twin Cities Public Television Awarded Upper Midwest Emmy for Native Language Documentary “First Speakers”

mathias | October 26, 2011

On Sunday, September 25th, 2011, Twin Cities Public Television was awarded and Upper Midwest Emmy – having received 26 nominations in 20 categories – for Eugene Stillday’s (Ojibwe) Native language documentary “First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language, narrated by writer, Louise Erdric (Ojibwe). The project was funded through Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment and follows Anton Treuer [...]

Red Lake Ojibwa Met to Discuss Language Revitalization

mathias | September 30, 2011

On Tuesday, September 6th, 2011, 12 persons gathered at the Little Rock Roundhouse, Minnesota to discuss and pray for Ojibwa language revitalization. The group will begin posting Ojibwa language signs on their reservation, namely tribal buildings and street signs. Such requires consistency in Ojibwa orthography, one that adhered to the double vowel system was preferred [...]

More Native Language Mention in the Media

mathias | September 19, 2011

The Bearstein Bears in Lakota has induced a media storm, with reports by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, SFGate, TIME, Newser, KFYR-TV (Bismark, ND), etc. Ojibwe Jeopardy was invented by National Park Service rangers and brothers David and Daniel Grooms, who teach Ojibwe language summertime night classes. Students are issued dictionaries then given an [...]

Ojibwe Language Children’s Book “Awesiinyensag” Named “Minnesota’s Best Read”

mathias | September 8, 2011

The Ojibwe language children’s book Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Jigikinoo’amaageng was recently crowned Minnesota’s Best Read by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and will represent all state publications at the National Book Festival on September 24 – 25 in Washington, D.C. The book features a playful cast of relatable animals. It has [...]

Bemidji Expands Permanent Ojibwe Language Town Signs

mathias | August 3, 2011

A while ago, Shared Visions put Male and Female English-Ojibwe bathroom signs in various locales around Bemidji, Minnesota, where several Ojibwe communities are located. Now, permanent English-Ojibwe signs (translated by Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University) can be seen in hospitals, schools, parks, centers, and businesses. Business owner Brian Larson had his [...]

Ojibwe Language Camp in Sawyer, MN

mathias | June 30, 2011

There was a good Ojibwe language camp called Nagaajiwanaang in Sawyer, Minnesota June 24th – June 26th, 2011, that featured seven fluent Ojibwe speakers, Ojibwe language only zones, and traditional craft making.

Ojibwe Rap

mathias | June 22, 2011

Here’s a rare chance to hear rapping in Ojibwe, by Tall Paul (Paul Wenell Jr.) at 1:00 minute in:

Saginaw Chippewa Rock Carvings Need Saved in Michigan

mathias | June 7, 2011

The only known site of indigenous sandstone rock carvings in Michigan – the Sanilac Petroglyphs – which were possibly made by the Anishinabek in that region several centuries prior – are poorly protected from the elements and people carving their initials next to them after “The Great Thumb Fire” of 1881 burned up the grass [...]

Whole Town of Bemidji Becomes Ojibwa Language Immersion Experience

mathias | April 6, 2011

Bemidji, Minnesota, a town of 14,000 between the reservations of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is labeling objects around town with Ojibwe terms (like Ininiwag (men) and Ikwewag (women) on bathroom signs), as in Hawaii where words like aloha (hello/goodbye/love) and mahalo (thank [...]

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