If they were lucky, they heard some of the words spoken by their parents or grandparents, and, then, they learned at least some of the language themselves.

But many weren’t fortunate, Gabe Desrosiers said. They never learned the language native to their heritage.

“We’re somewhat close to the death or endangerment of the language,” Desrosiers said of the Ojibwe language.

To learn how Desrosiers and others are preserving the language, see the story in the Sept. 10 Stevens County Times.