Faculty and Staff
Bob JourdainOjibwe Language Instructor
Monday-Thursday 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Monday-Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Couchiching First Nation
From Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations in Canada, I am Lynx Clan and am now in my twenty-first year of employment at Leech Lake Tribal College where I am the Ojibwe Language teacher. I started as an English teacher, hired by Larry Aitkin and Jaime Robertson as an adjunct instructor, so I’ve never had to apply for work. Then in the fall of 1998, they informed me that I was now a full-time instructor.
In my time here at the Tribal College, I have taught many courses: English 101, English 102, English 250, Ani 100, and my favorite, English 096, a remedial type of class where students read and learn composition. In addition to this, it has been my privilege to coach the Knowledge Bowl team for many years, so winning that event is on my bucket list. The closest we’ve come to winning is second place. Each year the Tribal College finances our trips to the AIHEC student conferences. Recently, Elaine Fleming has joined me in being the other coach.
What has amazed me over the years is that we have been able to keep the college family-friendly; that is, we still have children running down the hallways, and one can still hear babies crying in the next classroom. Let’s keep it that way! Another thing which is awe-inspiring is our older students! They get into English classes, do all their reading, and put out nice MLA format papers using computers, all by the end of the semester! Many of these students had to learn to use computers! What about the younger students? While we were discussing their readiness to take over, one student said, “Don’t worry, Bob. We’re ready!”
I’m proud to be a part of the Tribal College and to have watched its growth, from its humble beginnings to what it is now, a sprawling campus of almost-forty-acres on Little Wolf Road.
Because I’ve been around Leech Lake since October of 1976, one of the Jackson ladies from Inger said that I was an assimilated Leech Laker!
My family is here, all of them. There are 29 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
My wife Lois (nee Tanner) Jourdain left this world on March 11, 2015, and my grandson Jeremy has been missing since Halloween night of 2016.
M.A., English, Bemidji State University, 2008
B.A., American Indian Studies and English, Bemidji State University, 1992
Research & Experience :
OJI 101.2 Speaking Ojibwe I
OJI 102.2 Speaking Ojibwe II
OJI 201 Speaking Ojibwe III
OJI 202 Speaking Ojibwe IV