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Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Anishinaabemowin Symposium
Published: 8/28/2018 10:03:00 AM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Sept. 7 & 8, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways
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Sasiwaans School Step-Up Graduation Info
Published: 6/4/2018 2:30:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Sasiwaans Immersion School Step-Up Graduation will be held this Thursday, June 7, 2018 beginning at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Eagles’s Nest Tribal Gym.
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Sasiwaans Immersion School Summer Program
Published: 5/31/2018 2:19:00 PM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Mno Gizhep! Sasiwaans Immersion School is accepting applications for current students along with past alumni for their summer program.
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Enrollment flyer 18', Summer session 18'
Published: 4/30/2018 11:33:00 AM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Program is open to current students and previously enrolled students. No new applicants are accepted at this time. There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee that is due at the time of registration.
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Sasiwaans Immersion School Open Enrollment 2017-2018
Published: 5/2/2017 8:00:00 AM - Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

Sasiwaans will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year starting May 29, 2017 until July 28, 2017. Applications are available online or at the Saiwaans Immersion School.
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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