Journey of Bdote Learning Center

Introducing "A Story of the Journey"

"The founding board members of Bdote Learning Center are honored to share with you the story of Bdote’s beginnings. We know that there are thousands of indigenous language advocates and practitioners around the country who share our commitment to provide our children with an education rooted in our Native languages and cultures. Some of you have  already started your own schools and programs, and we have learned much from you. Others of you may be on the path to starting your programs, and we stand in solidarity with you as you struggle along with us each day to achieve this dream. One thought that has kept us moving ahead through all of the many challenges  we’ve faced, is that it took the colonizers over five hundred years to accomplish the near loss of our languages. We should not be too hard on ourselves if we haven’t fully reclaimed them in the space of a few years. We hope to stay strong in our commitment, and firm in our direction until Minnesota’s indigenous languages, Ojibwe and Dakota, are once again the First Languages spoken by our children."

Elaine J. Salinas,

Founder & Board of Directors

A Dakota and Ojibwe Language Immersion School
"A Story of the Journey"
2008 to 2015 and Counting
By Ruth Anne Olson

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