The Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization develops and facilitates quality educational experiences and services for those working in public service in schools, education, and other agencies serving American Indian people. The Center works in partnership with the American Indian community to:
- Address the educational needs of Indigenous people
- Increase the knowledge and understanding of educators from all levels about Indigenous people, languages, and cultures
- Improve opportunities for Indigenous educators and students to succeed
- Research, preserve, and share Indigenous languages and cultures
The Center also supports cohorts of American Indian students, who are instructed around an Ojibwe world view. The philosophy, course work, and course projects are related to the health, well-being, history, culture, and education of Native peoples. We provide effective educational experiences that allow American Indian students to translate and articulate their knowledge and skills into viable solutions.
- Master of Education Tribal Cohort (M Ed)
This program is designed for professionals working in education or a related field with a particular focus on Indigenous American communities and cultures. The philosophy, course work, and Master’s research projects are related to the health, well-being, history, culture, and education of Indigenous peoples. A new cohort will begin in Fall 2016.
- Tribal Special Education Licensure Cohort
Naadamaadiwin "Helping One Another"
This is a two-year, cooperative special education post-baccalaureate licensure program in emotional behavioral disorders and learning disabilities with an Indigenous focus. This program is currently under review and may begin in Fall 2015.
The Center also supports language and cultural revitalization through the following efforts:
- Enweyang Ojibwe Language Nest
- Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project
- Curriculum Development
Enweyang offers a quality educational program for families interested in the revitalization of the Ojibwe language. This preschool program provides an opportunity for children to learn, listen to, speak, and use the Ojibwe language. Students are able to continue their learning in the Duluth school’s Ojibwe immersion program.
The Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project developed positive leadership among tribal youth, ages 13-17 years.
American Indian History, Culture, and Language Curriculum Framework