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American Indians > American Indians in Indiana Exhibit: In Their Own Words > John Topash Warren John Topash Warren

Name: John Topash Warren

Tribe: Pokagon Potawatomi

Tribal Position: Tribal member.

Profession: Foundry worker

Education: High school diploma, music production, audio engineer certification.

Favorite Sports: Football, (Notre Dame).

Hobbies/Special Interests: Fishing, exercising.

Religion: Traditional Native.

Ways you celebrate being an American Indian: Everyday life, our ceremonies, teachings, and ways.

Ways you preserve your culture and heritage: Listening to my elders, teaching son.

Do you speak your tribal language? Somewhat.

Misconceptions: We live off government, we are tax-free, we all ride horses and scalp, and whoop with our mouths.

Offensive words/actions: Squaw, saying “how,” wahoo symbol, “Where’s your bow and arrow?” and “Do you live in a teepee?”