End of Ojibwe in Suttons Bay Public Schools, Minnesota?

On March 10th, The University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire hosted Ojibwe language activist, author, and Bemidji State University Professor of Ojibwe Dr. Anton Treuer, who was mentioned in a previous SAIVUS Blog postingto speak about Ojibwe and language revitalization. Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He is the editor of Oshkaabewis Native Journal and has written seven books. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress named recent work – “Ojibwe in Minnesota” – “Minnesota’s Best Read for 2010″.

While Native language classes in public schools have flourished in 2011 despite the economy, Native language instruction at Suttons Bay Public Schools might be cut soon. While the school is cutting corners all across the board (including layoffs), Ojibwa classes have been financially supported by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Unfortunately, this year their grant application went missing and the next funding cycle is after June when the school finalizes its budget.

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