Several offices in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal government are on the ballot for Election Day 2017, including the executive office of tribal chairman and legislative districts 1, 2, 3 and 4. The Hownikan asked each candidate a brief set of questions as an introduction to both incumbents and challengers as CPN voters around the country will be voting on at least one election this year alongside the annual tribal budget. More in-depth articles on the candidates’ views and background will follow in the coming months ahead of the June elections.
No opponents filed to contest these seats, though Slavin and Carney’s names will appear on the ballot.
District 1 – Incumbent Roy Slavin
Full name and Potawatomi name: Roy V. Slavin, Netagtege (Forever Planting)
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Occupation: Avionics Technician (retired)
Potawatomi family name: Slavin
On why he believes running for the tribal legislature is important: “I ran because I see it as a way of giving back to the tribe.”
District 2 – Incumbent Eva Marie Carney
Full name and Potawatomi name: Eva Marie Carney, Ojindiskwe
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Occupation: Attorney and CPN Legislator
Potawatomi family name: Juneau
On why she believes running for the tribal legislature is important: “Serving as your tribal legislator allows me to assist tribal members and our families on a wide array of matters, and to share what I learn along the way about our Potawatomi history and heritage. My Potawatomi name, Ojindiskwe/Bluebird Woman, keeps me motivated. This blue and red bird symbolizes the liveliness and optimism of the Citizen Potawatomi people, two qualities that I strive to bring to my daily work as your legislator.”