Introducing the Nipwaayoni Acquisition and Assessment Team (NAAT)

Aya eeweemilaani, kiišikohkwa weenswiaani. ‘Hello my relatives, my name is Haley Shea.’ I am an enrolled Tribal member and also work doing research at the Myaamia Center. As a child, I attended the Eewansaapita camp (in the very first year!) and have continued engaging with tribal programming ever since. I feel honored to continue to…

A History of Eewansaapita

This past summer marked the fourteenth year of the Eewansaapita Summer Youth Educational Experience. Eewansaapita means ‘sunrise’ and is a metaphoric expression for community rebirth, renewal, and empowerment. It is the flagship youth education program of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma for tribal citizens ages ten to sixteen. The focus of the program is to…

šaaye aawiki neepwaamikonki ‘It’s time for school’

The transition back to school has arrived! It’s never too late to add some Myaamiaataweenki ‘Miami language’ into your daily routine, and the start of the school year feels like a great time to add something new. Let’s take a peek inside the “kaloolitiitaawi: Going to School” phrasebook which gathers school specific language in one…

peeweeyocia ahkanimini meehkintiinki ‘Peach Pit Game’

Do you enjoy playing mahkinsina meehkintiinki ‘moccasin game?’ If so, you should try playing peeweeyocia ahkanimini meehkintiinki ‘peach pit game!’ You can play with just two people or teams and all you need is a small object that can be hidden in a fist, such as a peeweeyocia ahkanimini ‘peach pit.’ Below, you will find…