Menominee Nation Member Teaches Native Language, Sparks Interest In Cultural Heritage

By Zac Schultz | April 29, 2014


“It’s not for you. It’s for everybody.” That’s the lesson Menominee Nation member David Turney hopes to convey to young people about their native culture and language. Worried about students losing touch with their cultural heritage, David found that by bringing a Menominee language course into the Green Bay public schools he was able to spark an interest in traditional ways, while helping them find more academic success. According to David, the names of several Wisconsin cities are rooted in Menominee language.  He shares the stories of those connections in this video. 

Zac Schultz

Zac Schultz is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project who thinks three-minute stories and one-line bio descriptions are woefully brief.

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