Cultural Heritage Center


Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center exists to educate tribal members, the greater Native American community and other visitors about the historical and contemporary aspects of the tribe.

The acquisition, preservation, exhibition and exploration of the diverse materials pertaining to Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s culture and traditions guide the educational programs and exhibits. We maintain, protect and nurture our culture, spiritual beliefs and historic values through the celebration of our unique traditions, language and sovereignty.

Promoting education is a cornerstone of our mission.


Services


The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center offers a non-lending library and research archive. It also provides monthly cultural classes that are open to the public and houses Citizen Potawatomi Gift Shop, which sells Native American crafted items, jewelry, art and Native craftwork supplies. Cultural Heritage Center tours are available for small and large groups by appointment.

The Cultural Heritage Center is available for business meetings, legislative functions, art shows, employee training, award ceremonies and veteran events.

Projects


Tribal Heritage Productions

Tribal Heritage Productions records the culture and identity of Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members by videotaping and producing family history videos for each of the 49 founding families.

The Tribal Veterans Tribute Series DVD collection contains interviews with tribal veterans about events and their experiences while serving in the United States military.

Exhibits


Cultural Heritage Center exhibits serve to educate, promote and preserve Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s history. Contemporary and traditional objects on display help bridge the gap between tribal history and the revitalization of traditional teachings, tribal art forms and the gradual progression of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s cultural transformation.

The main gallery features exhibits on early Potawatomi life and the harsh changes of the removal period, presented using life-size dioramas and interactive displays. The Cultural Heritage Center’s Long Room houses our Veteran’s Wall of Honor, which displays objects associated with the military service of our Potawatomi tribal members. Our exhibits will be finished in January 2018 and celebrated with a grand reopening ceremony.