Deidre Whiteman (Meskwaki/Dakota/Ojibwe/Hidatsa), NABS's Director of Research and Education, was featured in an article about the incredible work of Gookonaanig Endaawaad (Grandma's House) to bring back Ojibwa traditions and language. Deidre talked about the impacts Indian boarding schools have had on Indigenous languages and cultures.
“When Indigenous communities lose their languages, they also lose thousands of years of stories and traditions,” Whiteman stated. “Everything we know about ourselves as Native peoples is found in our languages — our songs, our stories, and our ceremonies. Our connection to our lands is rooted in languages. It’s what makes us who we are.”