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Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department News

Language kept alive during Sasiwaans “Step Up Celebration”
Published: 7/7/2015 9:00:00 AM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

On June 9, ALRD presented the Sasiwaans “Step Up Celebration” to acknowledge and honor the students during the Eagles Nest Tribal Gym commemoration.
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Listen to Anishinaabe words of the day for "Words of Encouragement (for Employees)".
Published: 5/12/2015 2:00:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Words will be updated daily throughout the Month of May, 2015.
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Listen to Anishinaabe words of the day for "Making Maple Sugar Vocabulary".
Published: 3/27/2015 4:00:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Words will be updated daily throughout the Month of April, 2015.
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Mission Statement

The original spoken language of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian community is in a critical state of loss. If action is not taken immediately the language that was spoken for thousands of years will be lost forever. The mission of the Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department (ALRD) is to bring Anishinaabemowin back to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal community and generate fluent first language speakers. Anishinaabemowin is vital to the tribal sovereignty and the survival of our people.

About the ALRD

Our Anishinaabe teachings tell us that our language is sacred because it is a gift from the creator. Therefore, we must protect it from becoming lost. He gave it exclusively to the Anishinaabek people, and he loves to hear us speaking it. That's why we use it in prayer. The Saginaw Chippewa Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department is a new department working to revitalize Anishinaabemowin in the Saginaw Chippewa community. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council passed Resolution No. 08-103 on June 4th, 2008 which supports the efforts put forth by the Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Committee (now the ALRD) to create fluency and fluent speakers.

There are three immersion classrooms serving students age 2, 3 and 4 years of age. The children are taught their entire curriculum along with daily conversations in Anishinaabemowin.  This method of language acquisition is called the Natural Approach.  Studies have shown that this is the best way to acquire a new language.  This is how we learned English as well.

While the children will be hearing Anishinaabemowin all day at school, they will still primarily be hearing English at home. Therefore, the ALRD continue to support Parents language acquisition so they can speak  Anishinabemowin in the home as well.
Through this process our beautiful Anishinaabek binojiiyag will become bilingual.

New for the 2015-16 school year, ALRD will focus outreach to expecting parents and families of infant and toddlers and those Sasiwaans Alumni students now attending Tribal or local public schools.

Location and Contact: 

The ALRD Main Office and Language Center is located at the entrance to the Housing Trailer Park and Saginaw Chippewa Academy; in building that's also known as the "Old Youth Center". Red letter signage says "Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department".

Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department
7070 E. Broadway Rd; Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

FAX: 989-775-4091

 

989-775-4026

 

 

 

Angela J. Peters, Interim Director

ajpeters@sagchip.org

989-775-4126

Mary Alice Perez,  Administrative Assistant II

maparez@sagchip.org

989-775-4026

Isabella Osawamick, Language Outreach Specialist

iosawamick@sagchip.org

989-775-4110