Across the region, Lakota, Dakota, and Ojibwe immersion schools exist to protect and revitalize their languages. Bdote Learning Center (BLC) is a public K through 8 charter school based in Minneapolis. Its mission is to develop culturally aware, successful, high performing students by providing them with an academically rigorous education that is place-based, and rooted in Native language and culture of Indigenous peoples. BLC offers year-round learning opportunities that connect students to Dakota and Ojibwe languages and cultures; it is dedicated to developing a love of lifetime learning for all of its students.
BLC plans to spend its grant term visiting and learning from two other immersion schools that are based on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation: MNÍ WIČHÓNI NAKÍČIŽIŊ OWÁYAWA (the Defenders of the Water School) AND Wičhákini Owáyawa School. Building relationships with the schools will give BLC a stronger network of fellow educators, resources, and other supports to continue its critical language revitalization work.