Language with Justin: October 2015

We are keeping busy in the language department. We recently created and made public a self -paced online ‘Beginning Potawatomi I’ course. The address for the course is There is no cost for the course. All you have to do is create an account and then wait for us to confirm you. We have Read More »

Language with Justin: September 2015

Bozho Jayek, (hello everyone) We are pleased to announce the Potawatomi self-paced online Moodle course is live and open to the public. We would like to invite each and every one of you to come enjoy our language. There is no cost; you only need the desire to learn the language and a respect for Read More »

Language department adds French native and Linguistic Ph.D. Ivan Ozbolt

Preserving the Potawatomi language is essential in the Tribe’s effort to maintain its identity as a distinct and sovereign people. On the front lines of the battle to maintain that distinct Potawatomi identity is the staff of the CPN Language Department, who in their everyday work keeps the Tribe’s native language alive. A recent graduate Read More »

Language with Justin, June 2014

Festival is right around the corner and by the time you receive this edition it will be here. First I would like to share some of the exciting accomplishments of the CPN Child Development Center children who are taught by the Language Instructor Randy Schlachtun. We are very proud of Randy and the kids’ accomplishments Read More »

Fresno, California’s Michael Bourbonnais seeks to keep tradition alive in District 7 run

Not all stories start off the same, and Michael Bourbonnais’ certainly began in a unique manner. The challenger for District 7’s legislative seat started off his interview by introducing himself in the Potawatomi language. “Bozho. Nin se Michael Bourbonnais. Mnogabwumko Nishnabé ndeshnekas. California ndoch bya. Fresno édayan. Bodéwadmi ndaw. Shishibéniyek ndebendagwes.” Roughly translated, it means Read More »

Potawatomi language classes beginning

Bozho Jayek (Hello everyone), As of the week of March 10, 2014, we will begin offering two language tracks, with a beginner class and an intermediate/ conversational class.  The Beginner class will be Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. CST and Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST. To join this class, go to a few minutes before Read More »