Language update: June 2024

The June 2024 Language Update provides several words and phrases to try out at this year’s Family Reunion Festival, as well as information about Festival programming and the ongoing master apprentice program.

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: April 2024

The April Language Update highlights improvements to the online dictionary, online learning opportunities, a new skit series, and a traditional story about why the rabbit has a short tail.

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: 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.

‘Creating a language community:’ Grant funds Bodéwadmimwen immersion program

CPN was one of four Native Voices Endowment grant recipients in 2022, which the language department used to fund a summer master apprentice project in 2023. The grant helped pay for three students to study Bodéwadmimwen for eight hours, five days a week for eight weeks. One language department staff member also joined the group as well as a graduate student and two Tribal members eager to audit the class, making a total of seven students.

Language Update: August 2023

The August 2023 Language Department update from Director Justin Neely reflects on the first Master Apprentice program and the admirable work students of Bodéwadmimwen to learn and carry on the language.

Language update: June 2023

This month’s language update highlights the summer apprentice program, Family Reunion Festival and more.

Language update: May 2023

This month’s language update highlights the impressive showing of young Potawatomi students at the recent Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, the upcoming summer apprentice program with the Department, and more.