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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 [...]

End of Ojibwe in Suttons Bay Public Schools, Minnesota?

mathias | March 13, 2011

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 posting, to speak about Ojibwe and language revitalization. Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He is the editor of [...]

Native Language Classes in Public Schools Are a Hit

mathias | January 24, 2011

This week there has been tons of media coverage on increased support for Native language classes. Alyce Spotted Bear from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New Town – vice president of Native American Studies and Tribal Relations at Fort Berthold Community College, as well as part of the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Indian [...]

Red Lake Ojibwa Language Preservation Summit

mathias | January 21, 2011

Ashinaabe (also called Ojibwa, Ojibwe, Chippewa) is a very large tribe situated in both the US and Canada with many bands that differ in their language, history and culture. Therefore, ‘helping Ashinaabe’ is a very political matter. Settling these matters allows groups to bind together such that they’re more equip to tackle more powerful goals. [...]

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