By Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

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Hear stories of reconnecting with culture, reviving traditions, and reclaiming heritage from the vibrant Pokagon Band community, with host Kyla Carneiro.

Episode Date
ep 24: Embracing Jordan Brewer

Citizen Jordan Brewer isn't far from home at the University of Michigan, but his world has completely changed. He started as a transfer to U of M this season, and now he's headed to professional ball. His journey here hasn't been all highs. It was filled with obstacles, but without them, he’d tell you he wouldn’t be who he is or where he is today.

Jul 01, 2019
ep 23: Different characters, same stories (with storyteller Colin Wesaw)

In this episode, you'll hear not one story but three because community storyteller Colin Wesaw came and recorded three of his stories with us, each with lessons and entertainment for people of all generations. So take a break, sit back, and listen as these stories are brought to life with Colin's words, music, and the sounds of the stories.

Jun 03, 2019
ep 22: Nado’wen (healing) on display

Sally Clausen walked into Pokagon Health Services, unsure what to expect in this unfamiliar space in a place she only recently started calling "home." She left there and took her first steps on a journey she never anticipated, one starting in brokenness, but ending in transformation.

Apr 01, 2019
ep 21: Attorney John Morseau

After years of perseverance, John Morseau can officially, legally practice law in the State of Michigan. His path here, though, was not a straight line, nor was he always on the side of law he is now. John had to figure this journey out on his own, but he knew exactly where his path was going to lead.

Feb 11, 2019
ep 20: Invisible No More

Jake Williams is a Pokagon citizen, but up until a couple years ago, his Native identity was essentially a secret to anyone who met him after high school. He wrote about his journey from invisibility to being quite vocal about his identity in a raw piece for Medium called “Elizabeth Warren and the Invisible Indian.” In this episode, Jake shares more about why he went silent and why he’s speaking so openly about it to the point of purposely embarrassing himself now.

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Jan 07, 2019
ep 19: Finding Joy

Michelle Barco was a new mom, but instead of feeling overjoyed, she awoke shaking, her heart pounding and body tense. She didn't understand what was happening to her—until she sought help and the stories of others.

Oct 15, 2018
ep 18: Keepers of the Garden

Our people have long known we are the Keepers of the Fire, but we were tasked with another calling, one that citizens like Gary Morseau and Jason Wesaw are fighting to fulfill. They're working beyond our lands, forging partnerships with entities like the University of Michigan to return our seeds—our ancestors—back to our people.

Sep 10, 2018
ep. 17 Shining Thunder Bird Woman

Lindsey Williams survived an 8-year abusive relationship. Kept away from her community for so long, she's finally experiencing her culture and embracing her new name.

Jul 23, 2018
ep 16: A Flourishing Life

Thomas Klemm discovered alcohol and heroin by 16, and found himself under florescent lights, observed every hour, before he turned 20. Despite his fears, his life was not over, and now—he's flourishing.

Apr 09, 2018
ep 15: One Water, One People

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Pokagon elder Jeannie Mollett journeyed to the Navajo nation in New Mexico, where 40 percent of households live without running water, relying on one woman to drive their water to them once a month. Seeing it with her own eyes, Jeannie returned home and raised $20,000 for the tribe.

Mar 12, 2018
ep 14: Addiction Does Not Discriminate pt. 2
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This is the conclusion to Jacob Miller's story. After six years of heroin addiction, Jacob found himself in jail, and Marci was heartbroken to see her son locked away. This is not the end of Jacob's story, though. Forced to live without drugs for a month, Jacob sees he might be able to achieve happiness, after all.
Feb 12, 2018
ep 13: Addiction Does Not Discriminate pt. 1
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Jacob Miller remembers the first time he ever tried an opiate—a small, white Vicodin pill offered to him at a high school party. “I fell in love with that opiate feeling, that down, relaxed feeling. I don’t know, different drugs are for different people, and opiates was for me.” For six years, Jacob was lost in addiction, while his mother, Marci, watched and hoped he would find his way out. This is part one of their story. sources National Institute on Drug Abuse Centers for Disease Control and Prevention American Society of Addiction Medicine Daun Bieda, Behavioral Health Program Supervisor
Jan 08, 2018
ep 12: Diving Deeper
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Skyler Daisy, a Pokagon citizen, is attending the Divers Institute of Technology in Seattle, Washington. When he leaves, he will be a certified commercial diver, which is no small feat. He's pursuing a dream he never thought possible in a world he imagined unreachable.
Oct 09, 2017
ep 11: Boarded Culture
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In the late 1800s through the early 1900s, Native American children were forced from their homes and taken to boarding schools across the US. Hear one elder try to understand what happened to her mother at the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. You'll also hear results from years of excavation and research by archaeologists from Central Michigan University, Dr. Sarah Surface-Evans and Coleen Green.
Jul 03, 2017
ep 10: Vision through speaking
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Carla Collins left her home for four years to study our Potawatomi language with three of the only native fluent speakers left, and her lens through which she sees the world is completely changed.
May 08, 2017
ep 9: Adopting her culture
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Teri Barber always knew she was adopted, but what she didn't know was that she was Potawatomi. Hear her story of finding her 12 siblings and embracing this tribal community.
Apr 10, 2017
ep. 8: Sugar bush
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Jason Holloway talks about his passion for sugar bush, but claims he could never be a master of the trade. Hear him speak about sugar's ability to bring our community together and revitalize our culture.
Mar 06, 2017
ep 7: Traditional Tobacco
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Bob Moody shares his story of leaving tobacco abuse behind and embracing Creator's purpose for séma.
Jan 06, 2017
ep 6: Standing Rock Solid
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Terri Getz-Raich traveled to Standing Rock to support her brothers and sisters in the fight for their rights and their water, and the hope she experienced there was life-changing. You may read about the tribe's stance on the DAPL on our website by searching "Standing Rock."
Dec 05, 2016
ep 5: Healing Ogitchedaw
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Pokagon veteran Jerry Campbell shares his story of true love, war—and coming home.
Nov 04, 2016
ep 4: Reclaiming the missing piece
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Erin wasn't raised in her Native culture, but now she's discovering what it means for herself and her children.
Sep 30, 2016
ep 3: Lifesavers
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Within a week of training on a new overdose-stopping drug, two Tribal Police officers each saved a life.
Sep 02, 2016
ep 2: Boys with Braids
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Wearing your hair long is a traditional, revered practice in Native culture, but others take it as an opportunity to bully. Hear one man's story.
Jul 29, 2016
ep 1: Sustaining
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A tradition reborn, harvesting our lands to regain sustainability despite modern day food trends.
Jun 23, 2016