Kë Gbéshmen

Our youth summer camp is called Kë Gbéshmen, which means "let's camp."

Each summer Native American youth from Kindergarten to 12th grade can enjoy a summer youth culture camp experience at the Pokagon Band's Rodgers Lake campground. The focus of the camp is language, culture, spirituality, traditional ecological knowledge, Neshnabe history, and education. Many of the camp activities are built around cultural teachings and language lessons, but also include many favorite conventional camp activities.

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Kë Gbéshmen seeking workshop presenters

The Departments of Education and Language & Culture are seeking presenters and workshop proposals for our upcoming Kë Gbéshmen 2019. Form is located below. Please fill it out and submit with a proposed budget by February 28 to Rebecca.Williams@pokagonband-nsn.gov or by mail 59291 Indian Lake Rd., Dowagiac MI, 49047. 

Dates for 2019

Session 1 | Ages 12–17 :: Monday, June 24–Saturday, June 29
Session 2 | Ages 5–8 (Day Camp) :: Wednesday, July 10–Friday, July 12
Session 3 | Ages 8–11 :: Monday, July 15–Friday, July 19
Session 4 | Ages 9–15 (Day Camp) :: Monday, July 22–Wednesday, July 24

Online registration will open May 3, 2019 at 10 a.m.


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