Ojibwe Language Preservation Initiative Launches With Rosetta Stone

Posted By BrittanyLCerny January 26th, 2022 Last Updated on: January 26th, 2022

Ojibwe tribal members and descendants with a passion for the Ojibwe language have something to celebrate.

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has recently partnered with the language development software company Rosetta Stone to begin a language preservation initiative. Rosetta Stone is an award-winning platform that millions use and has been around for 30 years. They have dedicated their existence to the power of language education, which has now found its way to the Ojibwe people. 

The Rosetta Stone Ojibwe language preservation project is already up and running and ready to welcome language learners. Whether you know the Ojibwe language fluently, want to brush up on certain vocabulary and conversational skills, or are brand new to the language, this initiative is for you. 

The Importance of Ojibwe Language Preservation

Language preservation is not something Native Americans can wait to focus on. Similar to climate change, the endangerment of indigenous languages is something that is legitimate and alarming. 

Over the past few years, especially since COVID-19 hit Native communities hard, the endangerment of indigenous languages has been at the forefront of the news more often than before. Elders age and die from natural causes or illness, which isn’t a new occurrence. What has been alarming is the high rates at which tribal elders have passed away due to COVID-19.  

This Politico article details how COVID-19 has accelerated Native American language endangerment: 

Tribes across the country are battling to save more than 150 endangered indigenous languages, as they face a pandemic that has killed American Indians at nearly twice the rate of white Americans. The deaths are a significant blow to these communities, whose cultures and ways of life are often inextricably tied to their languages, which are rapidly dying out.

Of course, COVID-19 isn’t the only reason why Native languages are diminishing. 

It is important for people to understand that language isn’t simply about the spoken word. It's a significant part of Native history, culture, sovereignty and identity. With the Rosetta Stone Ojibwe language preservation project, people of all ages can get back to their roots, rediscover their culture and learn the language of their tribe. 

How Do Ojibwe Members and Descendants Register? 

Current members and descendants of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe now have free access to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Rosetta Stone. This went into effect on January 11, 2022, so individuals are able to register now, or whenever they want and receive access to the 

You can register for the free Rosetta Stone license here. After you register, expect an email from Rosetta Stone within two days on how to set up your free account.

What Will the Initiative Entail?

Once individuals receive the email from Rosetta Stone, they can log in for the first time and immediately begin learning. 

On the online platform, members will see and hear Ojibwe individuals and will interact with a variety of photos, videos and custom illustrations to practice the language. Feel free to go at your own pace. And if you need to brush up on something, prior modules can be revisited at any time. The Ojibwe language program was truly designed for language learners of all levels. 

Need more information on the Ojibwe language preservation initiative? Here you go!

And check out this quick video for more information on the project:

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