The language program is a three tribe collaborative effort funded by the Administration for Native Americans. "Ggitike’men Ode Zheshmowen" (we grow the language)focuses the efforts of the Inter-Tribal Language Consortium to take the “seeds” of language acquisition that were planted in the hearts of the people during the 200 Words to a Community and “grow” them into a beginning level of fluency. The Gun Lake, Pokagon and Huron Bands of Pottawatomi share a love for the Pottawatomi Language and will continue to work together to share our language with those who want to learn.
The Gun Lake languages classes are Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Luella Collins Community Center. Huron Pottawatomi have classes Tuesday nights 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at their community center. Pokagon have classes Thursday nights 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and rotate between their Tribal offices and the South Bend site.
Frank Barker teaches classes for the Pokagon and Huron Potawatomi. Frank is a member of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi.
Ed Pigeon teaches classes with Kevin Finney for the Gun Lake Pottawatomi. Ed is a member of the Gun Lake Pottawatomi. Ed also serves as the Project Leader for the Language Consortium.
Kevin Finney teaches classes with Ed Pigeon for the Gun Lake Pottawatomi. Kevin founded Ancient Pathways Cultural Resource Group, an organization devoted to cultural education.
Mon-ee Zapata is the Huron Band Language Specialist. Mon-ee is a Huron Band tribal member and has served as the Language Coordinator at Huron Band since 2004, responsible for arranging classes and activities at Huron Band, maintaining and disseminating language materials, and reporting on language project activities. She is a avid student of the language. Matt Morsaw is the Pokagon Band Language Specialist. Matt has been employed with the Band as the Language Coordinator since April 2006, arranging language classes and activities, maintaining and disseminating materials, and reporting on language project activities. Matt also provided entry-level language instruction for youth classes and for the Pokagon Band Tribal Council.
The Cultural Program was implemented by tribal council to bring various aspects of our culture back to the membership. This program is funded by tribal council with a portion of funds coming from the Annual Golf Outing as well as various fundraisers. Cultural Workshops are open to anyone who wants to learn about traditional Pottawatomi lifeways.
The Cultural Program has provided the following workshops within its first year of operation. Read the Tribal Tribune for more information on future workshops. If you have an idea for a workshop or there is something that you want to know more about, contact me at the administration office or by email.