Ojibwe Immersion Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rainy River Community College
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chp. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 3 (b)
Appropriation Language

$550,000 in 2010 and $700,000 in 2011 are appropriated to the Indian Affairs Council to issue grants for programs to preserve Dakota and Ojibwe Indian languages and to foster educational programs in Dakota and Ojibwe languages.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Measurable Outcome(s)

Held Ojibwe language bowls and knowledge competitions. Labelled the college in Ojibwe signage. Held annual powwow

Measurable Outcome(s)

drum socials and Ojibwe dance group. Elders spoke in classroom to students. Held immersion camps and classes.

Project Overview
  • Ojibwe jeopardy knowledge bowls.
  • Ojibwe knowledge competitions.
  • Label college in Ojibwe signs.
  • Ojibwe feasts.
  • Drum socials.
  • Ojibwe dance group.
  • Elders to speak to students.
  • Annual powwow.
  • Immersion camps and classes.
About the Issue

Rainy River Community College has been in existence for over 40 years with the Indigenous studies courses in place for the past 25 years. For the past five years, Rainy River has an American Indian Advisor and Director of Services in place on campus.

The mission of the Ojibwe Immersion Program is to engage Language in our communities and guide community educators to be involved and to strengthen our community through education, encouragement, and support for American Indian Ojibwe people. The Educators and Community have to work together to ensure the survival of the unique Ojibwe language and culture.

The vision of the program is to work towards the implementation of cultural factors, cultural sensitivity, community involvement, and an enhancement of offered courses on campus with the focus on Ojibwe language. As more Americans seek a better way of life through education,  it will ensure them to achieve their dreams and a better life. "Cultural Survival" of the Ojibwe Language is a vision today and years to come.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rainy River Community College
Street Address
1501 Highway 71
International Falls
Zip Code
(218) 285-7722