After you eat, brush your teeth!

More ideas to celebrate May as Minnesota American Indian Month!

Wicoie Nandagikendan, a Minneapolis-based early childhood program with Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion, publishes a “phrase of the week.” If you want to learn a little of Minnesota’s original languages in honor of American Indian Month, here is the link to phrase of the week. (Some are more challenging than others!) This week, it’s Gaa- wiisiniyan, giziiyaabide’on, or Ojibwe for “After you eat, brush your teeth.” Very practical. (Representatives from Wicoie Nandagikendan spoke to Healing Minnesota Stories earlier this year about the importance of saving the Dakota and Ojibwe languages. Click here for a written summary. Click here for the video.)

Bdote Learning Center is having an Open House Wednesday, May 27, from 5:30-7 pm. Bdote, 3216 E. 29th Street in Minneapolis, is an a elementary K-4 public charter school with year round Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion. The Open House will include food, art displays and student performances.

If your faith community or civic group would like a presentation on the ongoing work to preserve Native languages and why that work is critically important, contact us through this blog or through We can help you set up a program.


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