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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 [...]

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 [...]

Dakota Wicohan Hopes for Dakota Language Learning Center

mathias | August 12, 2011

Only 8 speak Dakota well out of the 4,000 Dakota in Minnesota, who are from four federally recognized communities: Prairie Island, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux and Shakopee, not to mention the unrecognized Mendota. However, more are learning thanks to the non-profit Dakota Wicohan (Way of Life). They’ve grown so much in teachers and learners since [...]

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 [...]

Dakota Wicohan Helping Dakota

mathias | July 19, 2011

For three ears now, the organization Dakota Wicohan (Way of Life) has been trying to save Dakota, making a great documentary on the subject: “Land of 10,000 Stories: Reviving the Dying Dakota Language”. They estimate there are less than a dozen native Dakota speaking youths Minnesota, but that will perhaps rise due to a day-camp [...]

English Only Bill Introduced in Minnesota

mathias | January 10, 2011

A bill to make English the official language of Minnesota was introduced to the MN House today. Complying with the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (pertaining to Native languages), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (pertaining to ASL), it wouldn’t combat teaching foreign languages in school. Note that Minnesota comes from Dakota: mni [...]

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