CPN students present at Language Fair

Under the direction of interdepartmental Potawatomi language lead Robert Collins, Citizen Potawatomi Nation students from the Tribe’s Child Development Center performed at the 21st annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair in the spoken poetry category, receiving first place.

Language update: May 2024

The May 2024 Language Update features several awards won by Potawatomi students at the recent Oklahoma Native Youth Language Fair, the beginning of a summer immersion course, translation efforts, and several spring words.

Language Update: March 2024

The March 2024 Language Update features a new beginner class, the annual Winter Storytelling event and a new class for Elders.

Language fair continues to grow

The Sam Noble Museum’s Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair has received a grant to support future Indigenous language revitalization efforts in Oklahoma. The funds will help the museum increase the language fair’s visibility as well as provide additional creative opportunities.

Language Update: February 2024

The February 2024 update from the CPN Language Department highlights a new beginner class starting on March 5, and the upcoming Winter Storytelling event on March 13.

Language update: January 2024

The January 2024 Language Update highlights recent events, as well as plans for upcoming Winter Storytelling and beginner courses.

Tribal member hopes to revive Native sign language

Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL), also known as Plains Sign Talk and Hand Talk, has been used for centuries, and Peltier and Vieux family member Charles Scott hopes to bring it back to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Collaboration results in new children’s book

Author and artist Minisa Crumbo Halsey recently published Going to CPN Family Reunion, a book created for young readers. Crumbo Halsey collaborated with the CPN Language Department to publish the book.

Language update: December 2023

The December 2023 update from the CPN Language Department recaps fall classes and highlights upcoming events such as Winter Story Telling and spring classes.

Language update: September 2023

The September update from the CPN Language Department highlights the first-of-its-kind master apprentice program that took place during the summer of 2023, as well as fall semester offerings in schools and online.