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Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department

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 five immersion classrooms ranging from 18 month to age 5 years including Kindergarten. 
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.  

Location and Contact: 

Currently, the ALRD Main Office is located in the building directly behind the Language Center with the red letters that says Anishinaabemendaa! It's the yellow building that's also known as the "Old Youth Center" and “Old At-Large” office.  Red letter signage says “Anishinaabe Language Revitalization Department”. Both buildings are in the trailer park at the Saginaw Chippewa Academy parking lot entrance. 

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

FAX: 989-775-4091

 

989-775-4026

 

 

 

Angela J. Mitchell, Interim Director

angmitchell@sagchip.org

989-775-4126

Mary Alice Shomin,  Administrative Assistant II

mshomin@sagchip.org

989-775-4026

Isabella Osawamick, Language Outreach Specialist

iosawamick@sagchip.org

989-775-4110

 

 

 

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