Bay Mills Strengthens Partnership

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

Bay Mills Community College in Brimley, Mich. has been awarded two significant grants. The first, three-year grant of $530,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will be used for curriculum development in collaboration with Northern Michigan University; a statewide needs assessment for Michigan’s 12 tribes in collaboration with Michigan State University; and an off campus coordinator/contract services coordinator to better serve off campus areas.

The Administration for Native Americans awarded BMCC $200,000 over two years to fund the Nishnaabemwin Language and Instructors Institute. The program will admit 15 new students in the first of a three year immersion cycle. The 1998 session runs from June 14 to July 24. The Nishnaabemwin language method of delivery was developed by fluent speaker and instructor Doris Boissoneau. Since it incorporates deep cultural aspects of the words that are spoken, Kathy LeBlanc sees this program as the most effective way of rescuing the language and culture from extinction. ā€œIn their third year, students actually go and stay with elders who live a traditional Ojibwe life, so that the truest meaning of the language, which is grounded in the culture, can be learned, not just memorized,ā€ says LeBlanc. For more information or admission applications, contact cultural director Kathy LeBlanc 12214 W. Lakeshore Dr., Brimley, Mich. 49715 or call (906) 248-3354.

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