Our Language

Why Language is Important


  • (Indigenous Language Institute Handbook series. Handbook 5)
  • Language is like the bones.  Culture is like the body.  They are tied together!!
  • Language learners are renewing their culture as they are learning their language.
  • Because language needs “context” we need to create context in both our traditional and contemporary lives.  That means talking to each other in the language about every day things.  This is how we will awaken it.
  • Culture and language influence how we think.
  • We gain a deeper respect for our culture through learning our language
  • Elders carry the culture; to respect the culture is to respect your Elders
  • A living language allows a lasting culture.
  • Culture and language “grounds” the person.
  • This “grounding” helps a person to resist outside influences that are often physically, mentally, and spiritually detrimental to an individual.  This is part of meeting the needs of our people.

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Language & Culture Committee News

Language and Culture Meetings are held here at the Arvid. E. Miller Memorial Library Museum, every 3nd Wednesday of each month at 4:45 pm. All are welcome to join these meetings!


Our goal is to create an opportunity for our community (especially youth) to be immersed into our language and culture through traditional activities. By passing on our traditional knowledge and values we are looking to promote pride and motivation to keep our community and culture strong! 


The Stockbridge-Munsee Language and Culture committee members in 2018 are:  Vera “Judy” Huebel, Yvette Malone, JoAnne Schedler, Molly Miller and Shawn Stevens. 


Stockbridge-Munsee Language & Culture Camp 2019 will be held on August 13th - 15th. 

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Our Staff

 Shawn Stevens

Language Manager
Phone: (715) 793-3047
Email: shawn.stevens