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ERIC Number: EJ788420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Language of the People Forever: Bay Mills Spins Thread Tying Ojibwa Communities Together
Austin, Brenda
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v19 n3 p28-31 Spr 2008
Why would anyone want to spend thousands of hours away from home and pay hundreds of dollars in tuition to acquire one of the world's most difficult languages? For Anishinaabe people, that is an easy question to answer. The Ojibwe language is the thread that ties communities together and unites all Anishinaabe as one people sharing a common culture. Ojibwa (also known as Anishinaabe or Chippewa) people live around the world. There are over 30 distinct tribal entities or reservations of Ojibwa living throughout their original homelands in the northern United States (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana) and about the same number of First Nations in southern Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan). Bay Mills Community College (BMCC, Brimley, Michigan) serves its Ojibwa community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, offering classes based in tribal culture, similar to what other tribally controlled colleges do. However, it has found an important niche for itself through its 6-year Ojibwe language immersion program, which is unique in the world. This article describes BMCC's "Nishnaabemwin Pane" (pronounced nish-naa-bem-win-pa-nay) Immersion Program which translates into English to mean "language of the Nishinaabe forever."
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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