Minnesota's Legacy

Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Recipient Type
Tribal Government
In Progress
Start Date
July 2018
End Date
June 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
MN 2017 Session Law, Regular Session, Chapter 91, Article 4 Subd. 9
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To preserve 'elder reflections on Anishinaabe seasonal life' in an Ojibwe Immersion format which includes both audio and written input. Complex grammar forms and the use of infrequent verbs, nouns and rhetorical phrases will be preserved in a natural immersion format for advanced students and the next generation of speakers. The ability to replay the audio and review the written curriculum is expected to reinforce Ojibwe language learning. The young speakers involved will participate in revitalization and be celebrated for contributing to their own, and the shared community fluency. Four young speakers will gain a higher level of fluency, immersion training, and sustained experience in a meaningful array of language revitalization culture based activities which will help sustain a successful Ojibwe immersion program by making experienced second language student learners avaialbe who will contribute to new and existing revitalization efforts. The four Ojibwe Immersion curriculum CDs produced by the Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin language program provide both tangible material and a model for other language revitalization groups including tribal communities and schools. Material from previous projects are currently being used by schools such as: Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, Niigaane Immersion school, the Unversity of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Michigan. It is also being used on White Earth PBS. Elders and students from the seven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, three in Wisconsin, and seven First Nations in Ontario, have participated in our language program, summer camp, or language table; with commitment and support, they will transfer back home our basic model of intensive immersion experience for young adults, enhanced and enriched by this project.

Recipient Board Members
Kevin R. Dupuis, Sr. (Chairman), Ferdinand Martineau Jr. (secretary/Treasurer), Vanessa L. Northrup, District I Rep, Bruce M. Savage, District II Rep, Roger M. Smith, Sr. District III Rep
Project Overview

Four Ojibwe language audio CDs plus one YouTube DVD created by youth in the FDL youth program.

Project Manager
First Name
Dr. Janis
Last Name
Organization Name
FDL Band
Street Address
1720 Big Lake Road
Zip Code