Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Program

Indian Taco Sale – Friday February 13, 2015 – 11:00am-2:00pm – Wicoie Nandagikendan Preschool Immersion Program
at the Four Directions in the NELC – 1308 Franklin Avenue South
, Minneapolis, MN 55404
$7 includes a loaded Indian taco + a pop or $ 5.00 Organic Chicken Wild Rice Soup & Fry Bread
Take out or delivery on five or more oders Call Ahead 651-285-2703 or 612-385-7528 or 612-721-4246
Support our Dakota and Ojibwe languages!!!
Fundraiser effort for immersion classroom .
Phidámaya ye! Miigwech!

Welcome to the Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project’s website. Wicoie Nandagikendan provides a 3-hour-a-day preschool language immersion experience. It builds on the integral connections between culture, literacy, and educational attainment. The project partners with existing programs to provide the classrooms with Ojibwe and Dakota speakers as well as curriculum in those languages.

Young childrens’ brains are wired to absorb language–easily and without effort. By the age of 3, most children surrounded by words produce sentences as readily as laughter or tears.

The Wicoie Nandagikendan Urban Immersion Preschools Program began in January 2006 with a grant from ANA. (For more information on the history our program, please go to the About page). Because the future of native languages is in the children, it is crucial to expose children to these languages at a young age. When the language (Dakota or Ojibwe) is not spoken in the home, due to generations of language loss, schools and day care facilities offer an alternative opportunity to expose children to their heritage languages in a supportive, non-threatening environment.

There are currently two preschools in operation through this program. Each class meets for about 3 hours each day, Monday through Friday. All of the classrooms are located in or near the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis and serve predominantly American Indian families.