Resource Directory and Public Awareness Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
American Indian Family Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subd. 11
Appropriation Language

Language Preservation and Education. $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
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

A Dakota and Ojibwe Language Culture Circle will be formed which will complete a documented multiyear plan for development of the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Resource Directors, including implementation of a regional public awareness campaign focusing on the origins, context, meanings, and narratives associated with Dakota and Ojibwe place names. This Culture Circle will receive technical assistance trainings on website development, wiki platform development and research methods so they can create, compile, and establish online and downloadable Language Resource Directories with a comprehensive database. The Dakota and Ojibwe Language Culture Circle will also have monthly one- on-one meetings with elders of the Dakota and Ojibwe Communities. The members of the Culture Circle may voluntarily participate in a self-assessment of their strengths and sense of meaning in their lives and anonymously share their growth by completing a questionnaire designed to measure such. Accordingly the product of the resource directory will also show of the outcome of this project.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The youth team has been established with regular weekly meeting times. In addition the website for project activites and deliverables has been established: ( with an associated social media site

Measurable Outcome(s)

email address and Youtube channel

Project Overview

The language and cultural needs of the American Indian community in the Twin Cities urban area are high. Additionally, the urban area has Dakota and Ojibwe tribal members, as well as, other tribal members. The purpose of this grant is to develop web based Dakota and Ojibwe language resource directories that will provide an online and downloadable documentary compilation of the location of teaching tools currently available in North America including media, instructional materials, online programs, and academic programs, using a wiki platform to maximize accessibility and resource upload capability. This directory will also be used to support a comprehensive public awareness project emphasizing the cultural relevance of the Twin Cities and regional Dakota and Ojibwe place-names.

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. 

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
American Indian Family Center
Street Address
579 Wells Street
Saint Paul