Recruit dedicate community members to take part in language instruction at the University level. Financially assist full-time committed language students in need. Train a qualified undergraduate student as an apprentice to assist instructors. Train three teacher student practicum’s in immersion classrooms to assist fluent instructors. Instructors and students will plan activities for enrichment ( to hold/attend events).
The Dakota immersion camp will last for nine weeks, beginning June 7, 2010 and ending on August 6th, 2010. It is expected that there will be 25 participants at the camp. Specific camp activities include: speaking, listening, and interacting in Dakota. Going on field trips; nature, culture, others. Preparing and eating meals. Participating in community services. Attending Dakota culture presentations. Mentoring children with Dakota play. Nurturing community garden. Playing games; moccasin, lacrosse, other. Learning and participating in Dakota singing and dancing, as appropriate.
This project brings together multiple partners to assist with various collaborative efforts including: web site development, purchase of portable media players, licenses for existing language software, and expenses for elder speakers gathering. A webmaster will be contracted to set up a language website on the internet. First generation speakers will be asked to assist others as they are video and audio taped speaking Ojibwe words. These recordings will be used on the website as shared materials between reservations, allowing the language, along with the various dialects to be learned.
Money was appropriated to the two Immersion Schools to develop and expand K-12 curriculum; provide fluent speakers in the classroom; develop appropriate testing and evaluation procedures; and develop community-based training and engagement.
The Dakota Language Project will print 400 Early reader Dakota language readers and 400 comic books in Dakota. A web page will also be created for Dakota language with a youth focus. Two Dakota language consultants will be hired to teach the Dakota language to the people of the Prairie Island Indian Community.
Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project provides a 3-hour-a-day preschool language immersion experience. It builds on the integral connections between culture, literacy, and educational attainment. The project partners with existing programs to provide fluent speakers and language curriculum.