Language update: September 2022

The September 2022 Language Update reflects on the Potawatomi Gathering and Language Conference, Language interns this summer and upcoming programs.

Technology, online platforms spread knowledge of Bodéwadmimwen

Through a partnership with Google Arts & Culture and the CPN Language Department, Bodéwadmimwen is one of the languages available on Woolaroo, an online platform that allows users to take a picture of common plants, animals, items and more and hear the Potawatomi word for it played back to them.

Language update: August 2022

The August 2022 Language Department update highlights important moments from the 2022 Family Reunion Festival and an exciting new partnership with Google.

Language update: May 2022

The May 2022 language update highlights the Department’s preparations for Family Reunion Festival, work on children’s books, and a variety of class offerings at local schools and online.

Being and doing Potawatomi

Tribal member Kevin Roberts shares his journey to understanding what it means to say “Bodewadmi Ndaw!”

Language Department offers in person and online resources

In 2021, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Language Department once again began offering in-person classes after more than a year of virtual learning due to the pandemic. Since many Tribal members live across the country, they continue to use online platforms during every session. Tribal members find connection through in-person and online offerings, and pass on what they learn to their families.

Language Update: February 2022

CPN Language Department Director Justin Neely gives a language update for February 2022 which discusses course work at Shawnee Middle School and teaching at the CPN Child development center.

Bodéwadmimwen now offered to Shawnee Public Schools sixth graders

Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Language Department began offering Potawatomi classes to public school systems in 2017 after the curriculum met Oklahoma state standards for a world language credit. The department expanded to Shawnee Middle School in 2021. At the beginning of the academic year, it presented sixth graders the option to take Potawatomi as a 9-week elective course.

Language update: October 2021

The CPN Language Department discusses their classes offered in public school districts and language learning resources available to everyone, everywhere.

Summer language update: August 2021

It’s been a very busy summer in the language department with in-person classes, new online resources for learners and much more.