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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 [...]

2011 Indigenous Language Institute Symposium

mathias | October 14, 2011

The Indigenous Language Institute is holding a symposium at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Monday, October 24th – Tuesday, October 25th, 2011, organized into 45 minute sessions with 15 minute question/answer periods. Registration (through the ILI website) is $225, or $150 for students and elders. This year’s symposium is focused on immersion. [...]

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 [...]

Potawatomi Elder Passes Away

mathias | June 1, 2011

Potawatomi speaking elder Cecelia Miksekwe Jackson of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, Kansas, passed away today at 88. She was a bit of a polyglot who could understand a great deal of Odawa, Ojibwe and English. Last year, she was honored by a ceremonial dinner for her lifelong work in helping make a Potawatomi dictionary [...]

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 [...]

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