Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Frieda Fein

Marti Heline
The very kind SouthBend Tribune has honored the Potawatomi by writing about the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi twice a week, in anticipation of Tom Topash's, "Pokagon's Promise."

The works of Adams High School Senior, Frieda Fein's has been selected to compete in the 40 finalist 
works in a National program called "Society and Science" the event's winner will compete in Washington D.C. for $620,000.

Her work is called, "Investigation of Faunal Diets at Pokagon Village Site to Determine Farming Practices of the Pokagon Band."

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians was one of the few tribes allowed to stay on their land and not be removed in what is known as "The Trail of Death."  Most of the Potawatomi tribes were forced to relocate West of the Mississippi.  Notre Dame archeologist excavated a historic Pokagon village in the early 2000's and found the bones from domesticated animals such as cows and chickens.  The archeologist studied the bones and determined that the bones came from the Pokagon village.

Fein concludes that the Potawatomi tribe fed the animals and raised the animals for eating and providing a natural diet.  Fein who has a interest in archeology, and last year began volunteering at the University of Notre Dame, the same University that Mike Zimmerman Jr. attends, Zimmerman gets special attention because he can speak and write Potawatomi, Justin Neely, the language instructor at the Citizen Band of Potawatomi believes that only about 10 people can speak and write the language.

My request for Frieda Fein is to be a guest writer on this blog so that her Nationally recognized work can be distributed to all the Potawatomi tribes.  My email is

Original Article Link    
Photo's From Tribal Chairman WillKenny Link
Photo's From Indianopolis Diver Link 

Menwanma (Love) like a child. 
Donald Perrot Word a day link 

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