The University of Minnesota's Department of American Indian Studies launched a groundbreaking online Ojibwe dictionary, the Ojibwe People's Dictionary, at ojibwe.lib.umn.edu. Several Ojibwe elders contributed to the development of this unique dictionary.
“This sets the standard for how indigenous languages will be learned and preserved into the future,” said James A. Parente, Jr., dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
The Ojibwe People's Dictionary was conceived as a logical expansion of "A Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe," published by the University of Minnesota Press and co-written by John D. Nichols, professor in the American Indian studies department and one of the foremost Algonquian language experts. The printed dictionary contains 7,000 words, but the new website has 8,000 words and could grow to 30,000.