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Feature Column for December Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Observer

This article is the first in a series where our language table, Noongwa e-Anishinaabemjig, was invited to reach out to our friends in other areas. For our first column, we wrote about our teacher, Howard Kimewon.

"Noongwa-Anishinaabemjig" Anishinaabeg aawag.
Today Anishinaabe speakers Anishinaabe they are.
"Noongwa-Anishinaabemjig" is a group of Anishinaabe people.

Ndo'tkweshkodaadami Ann Arbor-ing miinwaa pii www.ojibwe.net temigad.
We meet Ann Arbor in, and where "www. Ojibwe.net" is located.
We meet in Ann Arbor and online at: www.ojibwe.net.

Baatinog e-kinomage-jig eyaajig maampii Michigan.
Many those who teach they are here in Michigan.
There are many good teachers in Michigan.

Aabdeg sa gwa kina g'daa bizindanaa.
Have to really all we should listen to them.
We really need to listen to all of them.

Howard Kimewon Ann Arbor-ing Anishinaabemaa.
Howard Kimewon Ann Arbor in, speaks Anishinaabe to us.
In Ann Arbor, Howard is the one who speaks to us.

Wiikwemikong wi ezhinkaade ishkonigan.
Wikwemikong there it is called his reservation.
Wikwemikong is his reservation.

Aapchigwa kchi noki ji-pskaabwidood Anishinaabemowin maampii, Michigan.
Very hard he works to return it the Anishinaabe language here in Michigan.
He works very hard to bring back the Anishinaabe language here in Michigan.

Aapichigwa nitaa aadisooke.
Very well he tells stories.
He is a gifted storyteller.

Binoojii'ig pshagendaanaa bizindaawaad Howard-an.
Children they like him they listen to Howard.
Children love to listen to Howard.

G'daa noondaawaa'igo gindaaswaad binoojii'ig miinwaa Howard pii www.ojibwe.net temigad.
You all can all hear him they count children and Howard where "www. Ojibwe.net" is located.
You can hear him counting with kids online at: www.ojibwe.net.

Pane igo nda'baapimi epichii kinomaaged.
Always really we laugh while he teaches
We always laugh while he teaches.

Nanagodinong nda'zhiibiigemi miinwaa, nanagodinong ndo'dibaajimootaadimi eta.
Sometimes we write and sometimes we are talking together only.
Sometimes we write and sometimes we just talk together.

Ensa giizhigad nda'Anishinaabemtawmi.
Each day we speak Anishinaabemowin.
We speak Anishinaabemowin every day.

G'gaa naadamaadami maanda Anishinaabemowin kina ji-nsostamying!
We should help each other this Anishinaabe language all to understand it!
We all have to help one another to understand Anishinaabemowin!

Bimaadzijig Naadamajig (Community)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Observer

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Giishpin gwa pane anishinaabemoying...Ingoding gwa giishigag kina kaa Anishinaabemowin. If we all speak Anishinaabemowin...one day everyone will speak Anishinaabemowin
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