Language Leaders on FIRST PERSON RADIO 2/1/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday, February 1, 2017,  as they discuss the importance of learning tribal languages. Two specialists in teaching the very young native languages are: Pat Deinhart Bauknight and Jewell Arcoren Executive Director and Program Director of Wicoie Nandagikendan. This program, nestled in the middle of busy South Minneapolis teaches Dakota and Ojibwe to children as young as 18 months. The 4-year olds in the classes are prepared for kindergarten, where they have shown to be not only ready for school but also equipped with two languages.
Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight has been working in the nonprofit world for over 40 years.  She worked in the Model Cities program in St. Paul, initiated the Management Assistance Program in Minneapolis. She also created a similar program in Chicago where she worked with the business organization Chicago United to bring resources to hundreds of neighborhood nonprofits.  Patricia has been a program officer for the St. Paul Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation where she worked with urban Indian communities across 8 states. She is from rural Minnesota and lives in North Minneapolis with her husband, Paul.

Described as a “Change Agent” and community activist, Jewell Arcoren 

(Dakhota and Lakhota and an enrolled member of the Sisseton Whapeton Nation) has been in the non-profit arts for well over 20 years in the Twin Cities area serving primarily in the American Indian sector.  Jewell has worked as a curator at Two Rivers Gallery.  She has done video work specific to the Dakota Oyate of Minnesota and telling their story along with media Artist Mona Smith of Allies media art.  She has worked with national music makers  and composers such as R. Carlos, Nakai, Joy Harjo, Gabriel Ayala and Georgia Wettlin Larsen to name a few.  She has initiated Women’s groups and organized workshops related to traditional and pre-contact Life-Ways.  She has produced a radio show called “Winyan Dowanpi”  (The Women Are Singing) that ran consecutively for 5 years for international women’s day at KFAI radio station and featured American Indian Women Music Makers from around the nation.  Most Recently she has been part of a collaboration that begin with First Nations Composers Initiative, the Minneapolis Park Board and the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board to create a venue that celebrates our indigenous communities by showcasing the work of American Indian Music Makers, film producers, artists and performers and now called Owa’mni - Falling Waters Festival.  Currently she is a core partner through Wicoie Nandagikendan with Healing Place Collaborative – a multidisciplinary Indigenous artist led project that explores and expresses the connections among people and place as it relates to Healing, Place and Water. She is currently serving as a program director for Wicoie Nandagikendan and is committed to language revitalization.  She is also looking more closely at the correlations between language revitalization , historical trauma and community well being.