Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin (NEE-zhoo gwy-ah-ko-chi-GAY-win)

Bemidji State University’s Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin (NEE-zhoo gwy-ah-ko-chi-GAY-win) program aims to expand the understanding of sustainability. This project aims to have students appreciate and use both Western science and indigenous knowledge perspectives to help bring about long-term, sustainable changes in the world.

Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin — an Ojibwe phrase which translates to “two ways of doing the right thing in the right way” — joins Bemidji State’s Office of Sustainability, American Indian Resource Center, Environmental Studies Department and Department of Languages and Indigenous Studies to create a unique co-curricular program.