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On December 7, 2010, the Fond du Lac RBC passed a resolution making Ojibwe the official language of the Fond du Lac Reservation. Since then, in the formative years of program operation, with input from the Language Advisory Committee, steady support from Division Director Jeff Savage, and program administration by Ozhaawashkogiizhigookwe Janis Fairbanks, Anishinaabemowin Coordinator for the past three years, since January 2015, the program has enjoyed steady growth. We have hosted a number of major events, formed language tables at all three community centers. We have a growing list of language table teachers and subs to ensure that language tables will continue to meet as scheduled. As a resource for curriculum development, we have gathered a considerable level of language resources for the FDL Language Resource Library; more will be added each year. Three staff positions have been added, and if growth continues at the current pace, more staff support will be needed very soon.

Two recent major grants from Minnesota Indian Association Council through the Legacy Amendment Fund for the Revitalization of Dakota and Ojibwe Languages has allowed 1) production of 11 culturally-based immersion language videos, and 2) enough funding to expand the Kiwenz Ojibwe Language Camp scheduled for June 13 – 17, 2018, which is the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Kiwenz Language Camp.

It is now time to look ahead and plan the next three years for language program activities. You can be a part of that strategic planning, zeroing in on the best of the best activities in the next three years.

Looking back: The first year of operations was guided by the Language Program Three-Year Strategic Plan introduced by the Anishinaabemowin Coordinator in January 2015. At the end of the first year, the program hosted a November 7, 2015 planning retreat. In January, 2016, a strategic planning review session, specific to the FDL Ojibwe Language Program, along with a review of the November 7, 2015 goals and activities report was held.

We are moving forward with the process of developing a community-wide, culturally-based Ojibwe Language Program for the Fond du Lac Reservation. As always, we encourage and welcome your input as we move forward honoring Ojibwe as the official language on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Ojibwe Speakers Availability Information Form

Artist Application Form

(Right click the links above and choose Save target as... or Save link as... to save the pdf to your computer, then fill out the form and you can save it filled out, then email it to the address on the form.)

Language Advisory Board

Language Advisory Board Application

Dawn LaPrairie



Vice Chair



Wayne Dupuis


Ralph C. Fairbanks


Robert B. Peacock, Ed.D.


Veronica Smith


Jacob Sonny Greensky

Elder Advisor

Address any comments, suggestions or questions to:

Jeff Savage
Anishinaabemowin Coordinator, Interim
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