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Ojibwe language books added to Ebooks Minnesota


Thanks to Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia, Heid Erdrich, and Anton Treuer, Ebooks Minnesota now includes Ojibwe language books! 

Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by Ojibwe community members Mary Hermes and Kevin Roach in hopes of revitalizing the Ojibwe language by creating and distributing high-quality language materials. They currently have several ongoing projects with the White Earth Ojibwe Tribal Education Department including the establishment of oral proficiency benchmarks, a family Ojibwe language class through ISD 196 and, with support from the Bush Foundation, they are "reaching out to and creating discussion spaces to engage White and non-native people of color in Minnesota in considering their responsibilities to the indigenous languages of this land." 

Several of their books in the Ebooks Minnesota collection include both English and Ojibwe language copies. The books are based on Ojibwe conversational archives with elders and include gorgeous illustrations and very thoughtful stories. Heid Erdrich, author/editor Anton Treuer, and Wiigwaas Press serve urban and reservation communities of the Great Lakes - Great Plains region through publication and promotion of Native American language-centered writing.  They specialize in indigenous language literature and teaching materials. Both of these organizations offer stories that children and adults of all cultures can relate to, from dealing with everyday situations to unexpected adventures.