Government

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the federally-recognized government of the Potawatomi people and exercises governmental jurisdiction in an area bounded by the North Canadian River, the South Canadian River, the Pottawatomie-Seminole County boundary (on the east), and the Indian Meridian (on the west).

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation constitution was created in 1938, amended in 1985 and again in 2007, forming a structure which incorporates executive, legislative, and judicial functions.

Government leadership consists of a three person Executive Committee and a 16 person legislature representing more than 30,000 tribal citizens.


Executive

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman has general supervision of the affairs of the Council and of the Business Committee. The Tribal Chairman, or his designee, is responsible for the day to day operations of the tribe and its businesses.

Legislature

The August 2007 constitutional revision created a 16-member Legislature to replace the former five-member Business Committee. The five members of the Business Committee were grandfathered into membership in the legislature, filling five of the eight Oklahoma-based legislative seats. The remaining three Oklahoma-based seats and eight seats in districts spread over the remaining 49 states were filled in elections in late 2007 and early 2008.

Judicial

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court system is designed to provide enforcement of tribal laws, equal justice to all and protection of tribal sovereignty.The court initially functioned as the Court of Indian Offences for western Oklahoma beginning in 1978 and became the CPN Tribal Court in 1985.Its caseload has expanded consistently each year to meet the needs of tribal members, tribal employees, other Native Americans and non-Indian litigants.


Commissions

Citizen Potawatomi Nation operates the Gaming Commission and the Boxing Commission to assure compliance with the Nations’ gaming ordinance, the National Indian Gaming Commission’s minimum internal control standards, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Tribal-State gaming compact and the internal control standards of the Nation.

CPN Police Department

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Police Department is responsible for protecting and patroling the 900 square mile area that is within the Citizen Potawatomi Nation jurisdictional boundary. 

Constitution

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation constitution was created in 1938, amended in 1985 and again in 2007, forming a structure which incorporates executive, legislative, and judicial functions


Elections

The Election Committee is an independent board of appointed officials in charge of conducting and certifying all tribal elections.  All candidates running for election must register and certify their candidacy with the Election Committee. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Election Code dictates that CPN members become eligible to vote at the age of 18.

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