Metro State University

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Metro State University
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subd. 11
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$550,000 the first year and $550,000 the second year are for grants for programs that preserve Dakota and Ojibwe Indian languages and to foster educational programs in Dakota and Ojibwe languages.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Measurable Outcome(s)

The youth workshop evaluations were overall positive and indicate many students did not know any Ojibwe or Dakota words prior to attending class

Measurable Outcome(s)

can now speak more Ojibwe and Dakota words due to the workshops

Measurable Outcome(s)

and indicated they would like to take more Ojibwe and Dakota language classes.

Project Overview

The overall purpose of this initiative is to welcome more American Indians into the University to increase the number of speakers of the Dakota and Ojibwe languages. This will be done by the enrollment of adults in the Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion model classes, as well as, enrolling youth into the youth classes. The University will offer immersion model 100-level courses in Dakota and Ojibwe languages and provide scholarships to ensure accessibility and participation.

About the Issue
Minnesota’s most enduring languages are in danger of disappearing. Without timely intervention, the use of Dakota and Ojibwe languages – like indigenous languages throughout the globe -- will decline to a point beyond recovery.

These languages embody irreplaceable worldviews. They express, reflect, and maintain communal connections and ways of understanding the world. Deeper than the disuse of vocabulary or grammar, the loss of an indigenous language is destruction of a complex system for ordering the relationships among people and the natural world, for solving social problems, and connecting people to something beyond themselves. 

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Metro State University
Street Address
700 East 7th Street
Saint Paul
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