MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota’s Department of American Indian Studies is launching a new online Ojibwe People’s Dictionary.

College of Liberal Arts dean James Parente, Jr., says the dictionary sets a standard for how indigenous languages will be preserved in the future.

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary is an expansion of a printed dictionary. While the printed book contains 7,000 words, the new website has 30,000 and is growing.

The dictionary is being celebrated at a launch party from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the McNamara Alumni Center. Ojibwe elders who contributed to the project will attend.

Officials say the dictionary provides words, context and pictures, as well as audio clips. Like other indigenous languages, Ojibwe has been in decline in recent years.

The dictionary can be found at: http://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/.

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Comments (20)
  1. Susan says:

    What is the tangible benefit of doing this?

    1. @Susan says:

      History…Native language to area I imagine.
      It’ll be turned into a profit center in time too – great deal of interest and wants to preserve the dialect.

      Do you have a problem with the idea ?

      1. Robert says:

        While you have an opinion you have no clue as to how they can make a profit off a web site.. Then again your level of intellect shows when you can not even post without trying to demean someone.

  2. gary says:

    I think it is a fine idea and there are way worst ways for. the the University to waste my money, but this ain’t one of them

  3. History... says:

    From Wikipedia “In 1745 they (Ojibwe) adopted guns from the British to use to defeat and push the Dakota nation of the Sioux to the south.” how can this be? Do they mean Indians fought & killed each other? I was certain that native americans lived forever until the evil white man came. Go figure

    1. Current Events . . . says:

      America is $15 trillion dollars in debt, has 45 million citizens on food stamps, has rampant unemployment and police corruption, overflowing prisons, murder after murder across the nation day after day for weeks, months and years, AND wages pointless wars for years. Do this mean americans are stupid and can’t run their own nation? How can this be? I was certain americans were the smartest people on earth, so why all self-inflcted problems? Go figure.

      1. You Are A Tool says:

        And yet everybody wants to come to America…Go Figure

        1. Hey Zeus! says:

          Only a tool is so egocentric that they actually believe everybody wants to live here. Go figure.

      2. Don't be jealous just because we are Americans says:

        I’m not sure what point you are trying to make. Police corruption? Like Tool said, “Yet everyone wants to come to America” PLEASE GO FIGURE

      3. Pathetic Fools says:

        yep … that it does

  4. Liquid Nails says:

    This is the most ridiculous I have read in awhile.
    Please don’t post your stupid comments just to get a reaction.
    Frikken Racist.

    1. Bob says:

      I think it is good point.

      The story should have said translation guide, not a dictionary. Because if you don’t speak the language a dictionary is useless.

  5. Pathetic Fools says:

    I think I easily read some of the FRIGGEN dumbest posts and comments ever made online anywhere.
    I gotta say ….. the idiots, morons, fools, dirtballs, dopeheads, perverts, inbreeding white and black folk here make Charley Manson seem sane, bright and normal.
    God help you …. any of you capable of feeding yourselves I wonder???? 😉

  6. Pathetic Fools says:

    No indeed you are not a genius….nor even a wee bit bright at that. Guess Daddy was a bit light with the proper gene pool. 😉

    1. whatever says:

      Hi troll, hows it going?

  7. Robert says:

    It is about the language and culture. What makes you think it is a liberal behind this other than they have more education that you?

  8. desert eagle .50 says:

    Now we need an “on-line” Somali dictionary as it becomes the new language of the Mpls metro.

  9. Spanky says:

    Sound of toilet flushing.

  10. aronamis says:

    good point Bob , I checked for a few words I know and could not find them , so there are still problems being lost in the translation

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