Ge-niigaanizijig Ojibwe Revitalization Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,371
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,371
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Recipient Type
Tribal Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
Legal Citation / Subdivision
MN 2015 Session Law, 1st Special, Article 4, Sect. 2, Subd. 2
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,371
Direct expenses
$122,060
Administration costs
$2,311
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is expected that Ge-niigaanizijig youth will be able to provide the invocations in the Ojibwe language at their district powwows, community meetings, Tribal School Pipe and Dish ceremonies. In addition, it is expected that the youth will also be able to do the invocation at the State of the Band Address, Fall Feast, and their appropriate MLBO District Christmas dinners. It is expected that the Youth Council will actively participate in the MLBO Band Assembly process and that during their presence during Band Assembly will be undertaken in the Ojibwe Language.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Ge-Niigaanizijiig program staff received application materials with an extended date of March 7th, 2016, there were a total of 28 applicants for the program however 2 of the 26 did not meet the age reange that was identified in the initial grant narrative. Program staff, Byron Ninham and Adrienne Benjamin, chose to include the 26 applicants as there was an initial cap of 25 for year one of the cohort through the initial grant narrative (incluuded with narrative item #8). The last open session, for all community youth, was held March 20th 2016. MLBO elders, Joyce Shingobe and Joe Nayquonabe Sr., as Drum Chief's spoke on the importance of ceremonies and culture focused on Big Drum, healing drums that are brought out every spring and fall throughout Mille Lacs. Language topics included exercises on Iskigamizigewin (Maple Sugaring vocabulary and a packet on verbs included with narrative item #8). Applicants were notified of their selection to year one of Ge-Niigaanizijiig and a welcom dinner was held in their honor at Eddy's Resort March 30th, 2016. The MLBO Niigaan Program sponsored the dinner and materials distributed. Contact information gathered from the applicaiton process was utilized for the intial notification and leading up to program sessions to remind and or notify students ofo transportation arrangements. Larry "Amik" Smallwood opened the dinner with an invocation in Ojibwemowin, and MLBO Commissioner of Education, Suzanne Wise, spoke on topics of hope and perseverance for the young people and the journey they will be taking throughout life. Twenty-three of hte twenty-six student and their families attended the welcome dinner, which included year-long dates to e aware of as well as homework from John P Benjamin, "Waabishkigaabaw" (all materials included with narrative item #8). April 9th and 10th, Ge-Niigaanizijiig members were involved in Recipes for Success 1 & 2 through James Anderson Productions, the days consisted of leadership exercizes and community action plans that the cohort members worked through with both the MLBO Niigaan staff and Ge-Niigaanizijig staff (materials included with item #8). However the total group was not available for both days of training, work responsibilities or withdrawal from the progam being the two reasons that were shared with program staff. April 17th 2016 the initial gathering was held with 13 of the 26 members present, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin of the MLBO openend the session and briefed the students on tribal government, the relationships between the state and national level as well as her journey through tribal government. Throughout the day's session, students were assessed by Waabishkigaabaw and Alex Kmett "Bagwajinini", the day was utlized as a time to find a baseline for language skills and how to better serve the students going forward. There was also rule setting and expectations for program participants and staff t be finalized in May. There is movement toward the goals of the grant by assessing students within the program, the staff are able to gather the data needed for futhering the skill sets. By meeting and the expectations of a supportive group setting, the Ge-Niigaanizijig staff plans to develop activities that grow language learners and empowered leaders.

Source of Additional Funds

44% Tribal funding

Recipient Board Members
Sovereign Nation; Tribal Council
Legal Citation / Subdivision
MN 2015 Session Law, 1st Special, Article 4, Sect. 2, Subd. 2
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,371
Direct expenses
$129
Administration costs
$2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is expected that Ge-niigaanizijig youth will be able to provide the invocations in the Ojibwe language at their district powwows, community meetings, Tribal School Pipe and Dish ceremonies. In addition, it is expected that the youth will also be able to do the invocation at the State of the Band Address, Fall Feast, and their appropriate MLBO District Christmas dinners. It is expected that the Youth Council will actively participate in the MLBO Band Assembly process and that during their presence during Band Assembly will be undertaken in the Ojibwe Language.

Source of Additional Funds

44% Tribal funding

Recipient Board Members
Sovereign Nation; Tribal Council
Project Overview

Develop youth's understanding of the language, their culture and themselves; equip youth with the knowledge, skills and qualities needed for leadership; encourage youths' appreciation forlanguage, cultureal values, teachings, traditions and spirituality; and build youth leadership through meaningful engagement in real community issues.

Project Manager
First Name
Benjamin
Last Name
Adrienne
Organization Name
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Street Address
43408 Oodena Drive
City
Onamia
State
MN
Zip Code
56359
Phone
320-309-3225
Email
adrienne.benjamin@millelacsband.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

NA

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

NA

Conflict of Interest Contact

NA