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American Indians > American Indians in Indiana Exhibit: In Their Own Words > Mary Jo Varga Mary Jo Varga

Name: Mary Jo Varga

Tribe: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Tribal Position: Tribal member, Tribal employee.

Profession: Accounting clerk for tribe.

Education: Some college (still attending).

Favorite Sports: Football.

Hobbies/Special Interests: Shopping.

Religion: Native.

Ways you celebrate being an American Indian: Ceremonies and pow wows.

Ways you preserve your culture and heritage: Working for the tribe.

Do you speak your tribal language? No (some, very little).

Misconceptions: Handouts and scalping.

Offensive words/actions: Red (Indians) and mascots.