Ojibwemowin for Everyone

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
White Earth Nation Tribal Council
In Progress
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 137, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Sub. 10
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Project Overview

-Implement and train on a new scope and sequence model for preschool-early childhood Ojibwe language instruction.
-Staff training on the new model conducted by Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia with ongoing Skype session support
-Curriculum development (k-5)
-Immersion school collaboration and site visits
-Dual language road sides for community to increase public awareness of Ojibwe language

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.

 As languages are inherently inseparable from individual and communal identity, they are difficult to eradicate from a culture.  Severing the people from their lands, denying them sustenance, and forcing them into English-only boarding schools was not successful in destroying these languages.  For more than 100 years such assaults were aggressively pursued as the official policy of federal and state governments in the United States in attempt to eradicate the languages, and yet the languages of the Dakota and Ojibwe people survive.  The survival of Dakota and Ojibwe languages, however, remains threatened. Indigenous language revitalization now requires heroic measures in order for these languages to not only survive, but to thrive and to live on for future generations

Project Details

This grant money will be used to implement and train on the new scope and sequence model for preschool-early childhood (K-3) for Ojibwe language instruction. Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia will provide whole staff training on the new model with follow-up Skype sessions. The project will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate language skills to the community and to develop the new scope and sequence model with curriculum framework up to fifth grade by the end of the second year of the grant. GIM will provide training to White Earth staff to become coaches to other White Earth educational sites. Printed materials will be provided to the K-3 general education classrooms to support language awareness. Program participants will visit an immersion school and the project will also create dual language road signs to generate public awareness of Ojibwe language.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
White Earth Nation
Street Address
PO Box 418
White Earth
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Conflict of Interest Disclosed