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Request for Proposals for the 2011 Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grant

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council is pleased to announce the next grant cycle for the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grants which fund Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization in Minnesota.

During the 2011 legislative session, the State Legislature appropriated $550,000 in 2012 and $550,000 in 2013 to the Minnesota Indian Affairs council to be used to, preserve Dakota and Ojibwe Indian languages and to foster educational programs in Dakota and Ojibwe languages. The 2011 grant is a continuation of a grant program which began in 2009 and is underwritten by an appropriation from the state legislature from Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage fund.

The mission of this revitalization grant is that Dakota and Ojibwe are spoken and valued as vibrant, living, and thriving languages throughout Minnesota. The vision of the grant is To protect and empower our children, parents, and elders in the continuing development of our language, thus maintaining Tribal Sovereignty. These two statements set the tone for the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grant.

The grant areas are intentionally broad and somewhat flexible so that a diverse array of projects can be funded. Offices, agencies, or divisions administered under the authority of an American Indian Nation or Alaska Native Community located in Minnesota, recognized educational facilities, and non- profits, are encouraged to apply.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education was pleased to host the monthly meeting of the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization Grant Working Group this week as they prepared to review a new set of proposals over the next couple months.

More info on the grant program and the RFP can be found at or by contacting the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council's JoLynn Shopteese at

posted by Sandy Connolly • 2/16/2012 at 3:46 PM


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