Road signs identifying two lakes on the Fond du Lac Reservation in St. Louis County soon will be bilingual: in English and Anishinabe, the Chippewa native language.
The St. Louis County Board will finalize an agreement next week to maintain the signs on county roads. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will pay for the signs.
Karen Diver, chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band, told the Duluth News Tribune:
“Language preservation is integral to the preservation of identity and culture. Bilingual signage helps us share our culture as well as signify its importance.”
The county also plans to work with other tribes on similar sign arrangements.
Nearby Carlton County has already put up bilingual signs near three reservation lakes.
The paper says bilingual Anishinabe/English signs are seen often in other parts of the state, particularly near Bemidji, on schools and public and private buildings.