A school in Kotzebue has immersed elementary students in the Inupiaq language for more than 25 years. Before then,their exposure to the language in public school was limited to 20 minutes a day. We’ll talk to educators with Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat Immersion School and an Ojibwe school about how emphasis on language helps students succeed.
Tarruq Pete Schaeffer (Inupiaq) – one of the founders of the Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat immersion school
Agnik Polly Schaeffer (Inupiaq) – one of the founders of Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat
Leslie Harper (Ojibwe) – Founding member and former director of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Ojibwe language immersion school, Niigaane
Break music: Ho Ho Watanay (song) Dawn Avery (artist) Our Fire Native American Contemporary Songs (album)
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