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Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Sasiwaans re-opening!
Published: 9/8/2020 3:37:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

We are happy to announce Sasiwaans Immersion will be accepting new applicants for our 2 year old classroom. Classes begin Monday September 14th.
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ALRD Temporary Closure Effective Immediately
Published: 4/6/2020 1:36:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

In response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-35, ALRD and Sasiwaans Immersion is to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
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Postponed - Saginaw Chippewa Round Dance 2020
Published: 3/12/2020 2:58:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

This Weekend's Annual Round dance has been postponed.
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Sasiwaans Immersion Open Enrollment
Published: 7/9/2019 9:53:00 AM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Sasiwaans is currently accepting new and returning stu-dent applications through July 31st.
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Importance of Ceremonies In Anishinaabe Culture
Published: 6/5/2019 12:55:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Presented By Keith Smith | June 12, 2019 | 12-1 p.m. | 7th Generation
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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 next to the Sasiwaans Immersion School and the Slot Palace/Bingo Hall.

Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department
7178 Ogemaw Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858


Misty Pelcher, Interim Early Childhood Manager


Mary Alice Perez, Administrative Assistant II


Isabella Osawamick, Language Outreach Specialist