What some tribes in Michigan are doing to stop their native language from going extinct

October 5th, 2015 by Anishinaabemowin is the language that was spoken by tribes in Michigan for millennia, and it’s near extinction in the state. Many Michigan tribes don’t have any fluent speakers left, while those that do are only reporting between one to three fluent speaking elders. Michigan tribes are doing what they can to bring the language back. Some are doing language immersion weekends. Some are creating programs to learn Anishinaabemowin online. A lot of tribes are teaching community language classes, or bringing it to the public schools and day care centers. Read more: Michigan Radio

Native American boarding schools have nearly killed Michigan’s native language

September 30th, 2015 by The original language of Michigan is dying in the state. Anishinaabemowin was the language of the Great Lakes for millennia—spoken by the Chippewa/Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi tribes—known as the Anishinabek. One of the biggest impacts on the language, that affected generations of families, was Native American boarding schools. Read more: Michigan Radio