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EDUCATING THROUGH AN INDIGENOUS LENS
Bdote Learning Center
A Dakota and Ojibwe Language Immersion School
"A Story of the Journey"
2008 to 2015 and Counting
By Ruth Anne Olson
The founding board members of Bdote Learning Center are honored to share with
you the story of Bdote’s beginnings.
We know that there are thousands of indigenous language advocates and
practitioners around the country who share our commitment to provide our children
with an education rooted in our Native languages and cultures. Some of you have
already started your own schools and programs, and we have learned much from you.
Others of you may be on the path to starting your programs, and we stand in solidarity
with you as you struggle along with us each day to achieve this dream.
One thought that has kept us moving ahead through all of the many challenges
we’ve faced, is that it took the colonizers over five hundred years to accomplish the
near loss of our languages. We should not be too hard on ourselves if we haven’t fully
reclaimed them in the space of a few years.
We hope to stay strong in our commitment, and firm in our direction until
Minnesota’s indigenous languages, Ojibwe and Dakota, are once again the First
Languages spoken by our children.
Elaine J. Salinas,
Board of Directors