June 1, 2005
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Honoring Nations Program
Through centuries of dramatic economic and cultural change and decades of oppressive federal government policy, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has fought to preserve the Ojibwe language and the cultural insights it communicated. In the 1990s, Nay Ah Shing faculty joined that fight through the creation of the Ojibwe Language Program. The Program stood as a strong statement of Mille Lacs Band sovereignty. Offering Mille Lacs children the opportunity to learn the Ojibwe language, understand the values embedded in that language, and develop a sense of Ojibwe citizenship, it expressed Mille Lacs' leaders, educators, and citizens' determination to resist the pressures to assimilate into the American mainstream.
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