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  • Capps honored at Kate Barnard Awards 3/1/2017

    Tribal Vice-Chairman Linda Capps has been recognized in many fashions while serving others as a school teacher, adult education instructor, businesswoman, and as the representative of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s second highest executive office. The vice-chairman was recognized in February for how her outstanding public service has benefitted Oklahoma women and families as she was named as one of two recipients of the 2017 Kate Barnard Awards. “Needless to say I was very surprised to learn...

  • Tribal gaming supports nearly 28,000 jobs in Oklahoma 2/28/2017

    Tribal gaming operations like the Grand Hotel Casino Resort have been a boon to Oklahoma amidst a recession. The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association released its second annual report on tribal gaming enterprises, showing gaming had a $7.2 billion statewide economic impact in 2015. Despite the continued downturn in the energy industry, gaming enterprises employed 27,994 people statewide during that time, 76.6 percent of which were full time positions. Because many gaming enterprises are located on...

  • CPN Veterans report: February 2017 2/27/2017

    Bozho, A new year is well underway and the CPN Veterans Organization has lots of expectations for this year. I think I’m ready for the changes to come, but only time will tell. One of the things that interest veterans, and even active-duty military, is the big question: “Why did you join?” I remember in boot camp, my buddies and I would get together and talk about why we joined. Some said it was a family tradition. Their father, grandfather, uncles and even big brother joined, so naturally they did...

  • Rekindling 7 Generations update: February 2017 2/24/2017

    Hannah Camron and Anna Rhodd Brimm work on a crafting project during a recent R7G meeting. For the month of December, Rekindling 7 Generations Youth stayed busy with our monthly traditional arts and skills groups, boys’ drumming circle, and girls’ talking circle.  Over winter break, new and old R7G youth participated in our Winter Arts Workshop. For four days, youth explored various traditional and modern art forms, including drawing, photography, film, storytelling and new forms of digital media. We...

  • Elders pharmacy program offers cost savings 2/23/2017

    CPN Pharmacy Coordinator Joe LaReau, DPh. Rising drug costs have often been cited as a major hurdle to affordable healthcare options for Americans. The impact can be more severe than consumers simply trying to save money for when they’re ill. According to a recent article by U.S. News and World Report, “medical costs and out-of-pocket expenses result in high rates of bankruptcies, and 10-25 percent of patients either delay, abandon or compromise treatments because of financial constraints.” At...

  • FireLodge Tribal Youth update: February 2017 2/22/2017

    Zak Coleman shoots pool during the PLACE’s after school session. For a short month, February 2017 packs a big punch of events for the PLACE. For the second year in a row we start back the girls-to-women and the boys-to-men programs. From February through April the program will focus on providing much needed tools for our tribal youth to be successful as they grow into adults. Each week will be packed with guest speakers who are positive, successful individuals working in our tribal entities. We...

  • Heritage center is more than a museum 2/21/2017

    CHC Archivist Blake Norton works on the veteran exhibit. Citizen Potawatomi Nation cut the ribbon for its first cultural heritage center in January 2006 and it has been growing, changing and adapting to challenges ever since. Before the current structure was built 11 years ago, there was a museum and gift shop at the CHC’s present location, but tribal members and staff have spent years planning and learning what people want in a cultural heritage center. “There is a difference between a museum and...

  • CPN Department of Education update: February 2017 2/20/2017

    CPN-SGU Tribal Development Scholarship Update  After completing a full year of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation-St. Gregory’s University Tribal Development Scholarship, the CPN Department of Education staff had a chance to sit down with tribal and university leadership. After reflecting on all of the successes and lessons learned, everyone agreed how proud we are that this opportunity exists for the wonderful students receiving this scholarship. With ten percent of the SGU student population now receiving...

  • Wadasé update: February 2017 2/17/2017

      Winter has already given us record setting low temperatures in many areas of the state and all-time record highs for the season, all in the same week. A reminder that the old Will Rogers quip, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change,” still holds true as we prepare for the next round of winter weather on a beautiful sunny, 70 degree day inshorts and t-shirts. The aviary sits near the edge of what many forecasters are calling the freezing boundary as a rain...

  • Thomas’ PLP experience follows her around the globe 2/16/2017

    Megan Thomas – a member of the Melot family – was a participant of the Potawatomi Leadership Program in 2006 and returned as an intern for the public information department in 2007. In 2010, Thomas received bachelors’ degrees in English literature and journalism and mass communications from Arizona State University and went on to complete a Master’s of Arts in global business journalism in 2013 from Tsinghua University in China.  Thomas spoke with the Hownikan about how the PLP and the...

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