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Joel Boshey


Boozhoo my name is Joel Boshey. I am a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians. I am a Local #1091 Laborers Union member. I’m a proud father of three children. One boy and two girls. I enjoy being involved in cultural activities, such as powwows, ceremonies. 

Charlie Smith


Boozhoo Giinawaa!

Nenaaw indizhinikaaz. Charles Smith indizhi-gikenimigoo. Mii maa Bapashkominitigong gaa-tazhi-nitaawigiyaan. Nigikinoo’amaagoog chi-aya’aag ji-ojibwemoyaan miinawaa ingikinoo’amaagoog Ojibwetwaawin. Misi-zaaga’iganing onzikaamagad bangii gaa-pi-nisidotamaan Ojibwemowin miinawaa Ojibwetaawin. Ingii-maajii-nandagikendaan ojibwemowin iwapii gaa-shi-zhaangasobiboonagiziyaan. Mii dash gaa-izhi-gagaanzomiwaad zhimaaganishag, ogichidaag ji-giigidoyaan maa Ogichidaa-niimi’iding miinawaa mikwenimindwaa zhimaaganishag. Mii ikeyaa gaa-pi-miinigoowiziyaan ji-ganoondamawag niij-anishinaabem ji-gaagiidotamaan maawanji’iding, ji-apagizomag asemaa. Mii sa iw. 

My Ojibwe name is Nenaaw. I am known as Charles Smith. I was raised in the village Bapashkominitig, the bald island on Fond du Lac. Elders taught me how to speak Ojibwe and teach me about our way of life as Ojibwe people. The little that I have come to understand the Ojibwe language and culture primarily comes from Mille Lacs. I started learning the Ojibwe language when I was 19 years old. The veterans from my community encouraged me to learn my language to speak at the Veteran’s Pow Wow and the Veteran Memorials. That’s how I was given the ability to get up and speak for people, open meetings and to use tobacco. 

Alyssa Abramowski

Social Media Coordinator/Fill-In Host

I am from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas. For most of my life I grew up on the Fond Du Lac reservation. I have a background in construction and retail. I enjoy being outdoors and have a love for music.

Ricky Reilly

Producer/Fill-In Host

I am from the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate tribe in South Dakota, I am of Ojibwe and Oglala Sioux descent. I grew up on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation . I am a father and enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible.

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