'This is how they see the world': Mille Lacs launches Rosetta Stone program to teach Ojibwe
February 4, 2022
Two decades ago, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in east-central Minnesota had 145 fluent speakers of the Ojibwe language.
By 2019, that number had dwindled to just 25. Then, COVID-19 took a deadly toll. Today, there are only about 20.
"That's incredibly devastating," said Baabiitaw Boyd, who is senior advisor to an effort by the Mille Lacs Band to revitalize the language of the Ojibwe, or Anishinaabe.