The Birchbark House Fund 

G’minobimaadzimin pii Ojibwemoyaang -- We Live Well in Our Language


The Birchbark House Fund supports writers, scholar, translators, illustrators and others engaged in the revitalization of Native American languages for the spiritual, physical, and material health of the people.


In order to support indigenous language revitalization efforts, sisters Heid Erdrich and Louise Erdrich created the Birchbark House Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation in 2008.

We are guided in our work to promote Ojibwe and other indigenous languages by the generous contributions of individuals, many of whom are our neighbors, friends, and family. Miigwech!


The Birchbark House Fund has supported the work of authors, scholars, translators and artists who strive to keep indigenous languages vital in our world today. In particular, The Birchbark House Fund has supported Wiigwaas Press, publisher of the award-winning Awesiinyensag Dibaajimowinan Ji-gikinoo’amaageng, Treuer et al (2010). The Birchbark House Fund has supported the work of Emily Johnson and Carolyn Anderson in their publication of the multi-lingual catalog of the art exhibit This is Displacement. Most recently, The Birchbark House Fund has made possible the publication of Daga Anishinaabemodaa by Pebaamibines/Dennis Jones, illustrated by Aza Erdrich (2011).

Donate to Birchbark House


Contributions to the Birchbark House Fund are gifts to The Minneapolis Foundation and may be made online at or mailed to:

The Minneapolis Foundation—The Birchbark House Fund
800 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Birchbark House

There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth. --Nobel Prize winning author Elias Canetti

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