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Jan Dechampeau, manager of the Beaver Bookstore, has started selling T-shirts stating the name of Bemidji State University in the Ojibwe language. The Beaver Bookstore is among many other local businesses that have included the Ojibwe language in their stores as part of a community-wide effort started by Shared Vision, an organization dedicated to improving relations between American Indians and non-Indians in the community. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Local businesses go bilingual

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With a little more practice, Jan Dechampeau hopes to say, "Amik Mazina'igan Adaawewigamig," without pause.

Translated, the words mean Beaver Bookstore in English.


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