Image:  Dustin Morrow, a student earning his master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Minnesota, remembers the first time he heard someone casually speaking Ojibwe. He was 25 years old and attending an Ojibwe tribal ceremony in Bemidji, Minn. “I must’ve looked just like a huge creep, because I just kept staring at this old lady, kind of awestruck,” he said. He was eager to become as fluent as she was. Morrow’s grandmother, who passed away when he was 3 years old, was...


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