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American Indians > American Indians in Indiana Exhibit: In Their Own Words > Jeff Ballew Jeff Ballew

Name: Jeff Ballew, Zack, Jeff Jr., and Pete Ballew

Tribe: Pokagon Band, Potawatomi

Tribal Position: Former Councilman.

Profession: Tree/landscape.

Education: Ninth grade, Army GED, some college-University of Ohio, Cum Laude Grad.

Favorite Sports: Lacrosse.

Hobbies/Special Interests: Language.

Religion: Indian.

Ways you celebrate being an American Indian: Ceremonies, life.

Ways you preserve your culture and heritage: By listening to Elders, observing their directions, directives.

Do you speak your tribal language? Semi-fluent.

Misconceptions: We haven’t gone away.

Offensive words/actions: Self-righteous Americans.