A Native American language immersion program for Minnesota preschool students may soon have more books published in Dakota and Ojibwe, thanks to efforts by local law students to secure permissions from publishers. Makeshift translations seemed to devalue the Native American languages, a Dakota speaker said. "When they're published books, it makes [Dakota and Ojibwe] equal languages," he said. The immersion program has served 208 students in Minnesota, where an estimated 300 to 400 first speakers of Ojibwe and just nine of Dakota remain.

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