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American Indians > American Indians in Indiana Exhibit: In Their Own Words > Pat Smith Pat Smith

Pat Smith selling t-shirts.

Pat Smith selling t-shirts.

Name: Pat Smith (Miamesse)

Tribe: Potawatomi

Tribal Position: Elder.

Profession: Daimlers Chrysler Warranty Adm., Retired.

Education: High school; college, Children’s Education 1 year.

Favorite Sports: NASCAR, basketball.

Hobbies/Special Interests: Sewing, crafts, beading and gardening.

Religion: Protestant.

Ways you celebrate being an American Indian: Pow wows, council meetings, Native American art fairs.

Ways you preserve your culture and heritage: Through story- telling, talks at schools.

Do you speak your tribal language? No.

Misconceptions: They all have long black hair, they are uneducated.

Offensive words/actions: Non-Native wearing the full headdress using “ugh” and “me injun.”

Pat Smith in straw hat dancing.
Pat Smith in straw hat dancing.