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2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$199,979

There are many goals in this project, each building on the Ojibwe language program already established on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The first being, to train thirty students in transcription methods and techniques and complete follow-up transcription projects. This will be done by conducting transcription training weekends for Ojibwemotaaidaa students to learn accepted methods and techniques for transforming audio recordings into written texts. Through transcription training and follow-up practice, students will advance more rapidly in language proficiency.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,801

The goal of the American Indian Family Center is to create an Early Childhood Montessori Language Immersion Program to offer to American Indian Families living in Saint Paul and the east metro area. This grant will recruit and select candidates for each training opportunity (both the Montessori Teacher and Assistant), train the candidates in both models (Montessori and language immersion), and ultimately place the candidates in programs that are committed to offering the model for early learners.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus-Department of Indian Studies
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$90,000

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).

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Morris
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$24,303

The primary goals of this project will be to expand American Indian studies curriculum offerings to include language practice and introduce theories or language development and revitalization to support more college students to fluency in the language and culture. Additionally, this project will develop advanced Ojibwe language to allow intermediate Anishinaabe speakers to become more advanced and fluent in the language.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$144,344

Bdote's vision is that students will develop a love of lifelong learning, language, and cultural fluency, the skills and education to determine their own future, and a commitment to give back to family, community, and Nation.The short-term goal of the project is to complete development of a K-3rd grade Ojibwe and Dakota Core Curriculum Unit designed for use in immersion settings.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

The purpose of this grant is to build on what was created with last year’s grant funding by creating a Dakota Language and culture institute. The purpose of the institute is to offer multilevel teacher training seminars and Dakota language and culture immersion sessions for intergenerational groups.

Recipient
Concordia College Corp
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

Plan and implement a five-day immersion methodology training session for 20 Dakota participants, with a follow up weekend workshop. Create a thematic based immersion curriculum, along with assessment tools, for Dakota learners that will be available in print and via an interactive web page. Implement two successful intergenerational immersion sessions for a total of 80 participants, by hiring/training leaders and staff.

Recipient
Dakota Wicohan
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,469

-Strengthen community capacity to revitalization Dakota language in MN
-Nurture language skills of 15 Dakota language leaders
-Create safe and secure Dakota-speaking community-based working environment that actively engages 10 beginning to fluent speakers
-Grow speaking and teaching skills for 8 intermediate Dakota language learners

Recipient
Dakota Wicohan
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$202,810

Dakota Wicohan is excited that many are speaking the Dakota language on in the Upper and Lower Sioux Communities. Because of this, Dakota Wicohan has the opportunity to focus on a small, but significant, group of language learners-15 Dakota language speakers. The project goal is to strengthen the community's capacity to reclaim and revitalize their language by nurturing the language skills of 15 Dakota language leaders.

Recipient
Concordia College Corp.
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000

2010 Grant Activities Plan and implement a five-day immersion methodology training session for 20 Dakota participants, with a follow up weekend workshop. Create a thematic based immersion curriculum, along with assessment tools, for Dakota learners that will be available in print and via an interactive web page. Implement two successful intergenerational immersion sessions for a total of 80 participants, by hiring/training leaders and staff. Grant Amount $100,000

Recipient
The Upper Sioux Community
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,000

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.

Recipient
Dakota Wicohan
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$82,262

Dakota Wicohan is a regional non-profit language support organization that seeks to revitalize the Dakota language in Minnesota to a living language. Dakota Wicohan’s long range strategic plan includes building a strong teacher base, recording speakers, developing teaching tools from filming fluent speakers, developing additional learning opportunities, as well as, long term educational plans. Their grant requested money to provide an interactive Dakota language learning camp for a minimum of 40 Dakota youth.

Recipient
Dakota Wicohan
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$78,623

Apprentices will enroll and attend certifications courses at the U of M. Dakota Wichohan will support students to ensure retention and academic success. Apprentices will attend and participate in trainings by the teacher in residence, staff trainings, and language conferences. Apprentices will implement a community language venue (tables, after-school programs, etc.). Apprentices will serve as language facilitators at youth camps. Apprentices will meet weekly with master speakers. Apprentices and families will attend monthly Tiwahe gatherings.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

Dakota Wicohan is a regional non-profit language support organization that seeks to revitalize the Dakota language in Minnesota to a living language. In this grant, they will develop, digitize, and make available electronic and manual Dakota language learning resources to a minimum of 15 Dakota families and other learners broadly throughout the project year.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,469

Grant Activities: Dakota Wicohan is a regional non-profit language support organization that seeks to revitalize the Dakota language in Minnesota to a living language. In this grant, they will create a Dakota Public Awareness Project to promote awareness and knowledge of the Dakota language and its history to Minnesotans in 2013. Dakota Wicohan created a Dakota language documentary film which will be shown in ten communities, along with an educational booklet.

Recipient
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

The objective of the grant is to develop a strategy and responsive plan for wide-spread public engagement with the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary during the first year it will be available on-line. Speakers of the Ojibwe language, beyond the group of Ojibwe elders in Minnesota with whom the University now collaborates with, may be encouraged to contact the University once the dictionary is online and wish to participate in the next stage of the dictionary’s development.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$102,785

The Division of Indian Work’s First Language Project will service youth who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. The goal of this grant is that American Indian youth, ages 7-17 will increase their knowledge and practice of conversational Ojibwe language. Additionally, the goal is that these students will continue to study the language after the grant cycle is over. Measurement of these goals will be determined through periodic testing of the Ojibwe language acquisition.

Recipient
Division of Indian Work
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,909

The first goal of this project is that sixty nine American Indian youth ages 7-17 will increase their knowledge and practice of conversational Dakota through out-of-school time instruction by the end of the project period. Additionally, it is the hope that the Indian youth will continue to study Dakota and become fluent speakers. The project will provide experiential language instruction in conversational Dakota through cultural and recreational activities to these youth.

Recipient
American Indian Family Center
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,801

The goal of the American Indian Family Center is to create an Early Childhood Montessori Language Immersion Program to offer to American Indian Families living in Saint Paul and the east metro area. This grant will recruit and select candidates for each training opportunity (both the Montessori Teacher and Assistant), train the candidates in both models (Montessori and language immersion), and ultimately place the candidates in programs that are committed to offering the model for early learners.

Recipient
Migizi Communications
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$37,625

The short term goal of this project is to develop a K-3rd grade Ojibwe language CORE curriculum and a K-3rd Dakota language CORE curriculum designed for use in an immersion setting. Additionally, twenty five Ojibwe and Dakota Elders Speakers will be engaged in the development of the curriculum

Recipient
Red Lake Band of Chippewa
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$224,064

The goal of this project is teacher training through the Master/Apprentice approach to language proficiency in concurrence with observation and lesson pilot at Head Start and regional language immersion sites. The objectives of this project are to increase the Ojibwe language and cultural proficiency in two apprentices and fluency in two master speakers and to partners with the Language Preservation Group and Red Lake Head Start to integrate Master/Apprentice teams into the Head start site, while also supporting the Head Start objectives of child development and school readiness.

Recipient
Leech Lake Tribal College
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,721

-Create and execute internship program for four Ojibwe students per academic year
-Strengthen and enhance Ojibwe curriculum for college levels 4 and 5
-Increase the number of near-fluent speakers of Ojibwe language

Recipient
Division of Indian Work
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$102,785

-Increase knowledge for 69 American Indian youth ages 7-17 through practice of conversational Dakota
-Build the foundation for youth to grow to become fluent speakers
-Improve proficiency of Dakota language learners by the end of 12 months

Recipient
Fond du Lac Tribal College
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$108,787

The Fond du Lac Tribal College will provide two-day language immersion weekends for students and teachers having intermediate level fluency. They will be offered one weekend each month for eight months from September 2011 through April 2012. The weekends will focus on participatory activities including individual and small group discussions, skits, meal preparation, games, and field trips to seasonal camps. A wing of the college dormitory will also be set aside for language students to speak Ojibwe together and participate in language enrichment programming.

Recipient
Fond du Lac Tribal College
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000

2010 Activities:
Offer Fond du Lac Family language camp. Receive training for Ojibwe language immersion teaching. Develop Ojibwe immersion curriculum. Publish 2,000 copies of Daga Anishinaabemodaa with illustrations and audio CD. Establish feeder college and pre K-12 school network. Draft guidelines and establish elder-student apprenticeships. Set up and announce website. Accept students and pre K-12 teachers for Ottertail language camp for summer 2011 and promise financial support. Evaluate all grant activities.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$37,523

Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia hopes to serve two broad populations with this project: collaboration among Dakota and Ojibwe people engaged in curriculum and documentation and give easy access to those who are looking for such resources. This will be accomplished by creating a web-based resource and a booklet that gathers, digitizes, organizes, and describes many of the curriculum materials and resources that are currently available.

Recipient
District 318-American Indian Services
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,841

2010 Activities

Recipient
Independent School District 361
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$72,400

The ISD 361 Indian Education Project will continue to work closely with the local school district, Indian education staff, and parent committee members in the evaluation process. The goal of this project is that American Indian secondary student participation in Ojibwe language and culture classes. Data will be reported to and reviewed by ISD 361 Indian Education program committee staff and parent committee quarterly. Tests will be administered. Attendance will be captured, and all date will be kept on file.

Recipient
Rice Lake Resource Center
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$71,944

The project goal is to enhance the Ojibwe language skills of the Minisinaakwaang young people interested in learning and carrying on the traditions of the community. This initiative will increase the number of young people using the language and ensuring that our ceremonies are conducted in the Ojibwe language. The grantees approach connects the first language speakers of the Minisinaakwaang community with the Ojibwe language apprentices that have made an investment in their ceremonies.

Recipient
Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$128,933

The goal of this project is to expand Ojibwe language class availability on the Bois Forte Reservation in terms of both the number and levels offered. This project will use local experts and form partnerships with existing language preservation programs to implement a plan to address the revitalization and preservation of the Native language on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation. The long term goal s to increase the Oibwe language fluency, proficiency, and literacy of the Bois Forte Indian Community. A local Elder language expert wil be hired at 16 hours per week.

Recipient
Little Earth of United Tribes
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000

The short term goal of the project is introduce the Ojibwe and Dakota Languages to the residents of Little Earth. Programs will be developed to help feel residents feel welcomed and have a basic understanding of the languages. Learning the language will also bring forth the culture of the American Indian community to the residents of Little Earth.

Recipient
Anoka Hennepin ISD # 11
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$12,000

The primary goal of this grant is to establish intergenerational Ojibwe language fluency within our American Indian families and our community.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,645

The purpose of this grant is to create a clear pathway for college students to achieve fluency in the Ojibwe language and to graduate prepared teachers of the Ojibwe language with Kindergarten through 12th Grade teaching certifications. This will be done by expanding the curriculum to expand the University’s Ojibwe language offerings, building the University and K-12 Tribal/Immersion/Ojibwe-teaching schools partnerships for greater language fluency, and producing more fluent and well prepared graduates.

Recipient
Metro State University
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,645

The overall purpose of this initiative is to welcome more American Indians into the University to increase the number of speakers of the Dakota and Ojibwe languages. This will be done by the enrollment of adults in the Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion model classes, as well as, enrolling youth into the youth classes. The University will offer immersion model 100-level courses in Dakota and Ojibwe languages and provide scholarships to ensure accessibility and participation.

Recipient
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$106,654

The goals of this grant include the continued recording and the professional transference of existing elder stories. The purchase of a professional dictation kit will ensure that the continued recordings are of highest quality. Four certificate-eligible interns will who can transition into language instructor position at Nay AH Shing Tribal School and Mille Lacs Early Education will continue their education of the Ojibwe language. These interns will also be developing teaching materials that can be used in the future.

Recipient
The Minneapolis American Indian Center
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000

To expand on the weekly language classes already offered at the Indian center by providing an immersion language class where only the targeted language is spoken. This will provide participants with the opportunity to, not only become proficient in the targeted language, but also to gain a deep understanding of its culture, values, spirituality.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$24,578

Grant Activities: The goal of this grant is to support students’ acquisition of the Ojibwe and Dakota language and culture which begins in early childhood immersion at Anishinabe Academy by providing a language and culture table for their families. The Mino-Bimaadiziai/Chante Luta Language and Culture Table will focus on words, place names, and serve to build a non-threatening environment where parents, community members, and schools professionals will grow and develop.

Recipient
White Earth Reservation
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$105,536

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.

Recipient
East Side Neighborhood Development Center
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000

The goal of the Montessori Language Nest is to engage young children and their families in strengthening their cultural wellness through language acquisition and revitalization of cultural parenting/child rearing practices. This will be accomplished through short and long term goals, measure through objectives to produced the intended outcomes.

Recipient
Niigaane Ojibwe Immersion School
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000

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.