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  • Barrett, wins chairman vote, legislative incumbents all re-elected 6/28/2017

    John "Rocky" Barrett is sworn in as tribal chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation by Judge Phillip Lujan. Amidst the sporting and art contests, cultural classes and powwow dancing, the annual Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Reunion Festival centers around the General Council meeting, held Saturday afternoon of each Festival. After a blessing and presenting of colors by the CPN Veterans Organization Color Guard, tribal election results were announced by Gary Bourbonnais, chairman of the CPN...

  • Indiana declares Indian Day 6/28/2017

    It was a bright sunny day in Rochester, Indiana, when more than 200 people of many faiths came together in a Catholic church to honor Native Americans for the State of Indiana’s Indian Day on April 22. The first time the Potawatomi marched down Main Street in Rochester was in September 1838, when Indiana government officials followed President Andrew Jackson’s orders to forcibly remove Native Americans from their homeland. That was during the beginning days of what came to be known as the Trail...

  • On 'Point' with her roots 6/27/2017

    A Citizen Potawatomi tribal member with a special talent traveled from California to learn more about her culture and to teach her craft to students at the CPN Child Development Center in Oklahoma this spring. Kate Schoeman, a member of the Bertrand family, first put on a pair of ballet shoes as a 10-year-old in Orange County, California, much later than when most dancers take up the art.  “I started tap and got introduced to ballet. When I was twelve, I auditioned for Orange County School of the...

  • Festival 2017 competition top finishers 6/26/2017

    Did you make the cut? Get ready for next year! Traditional Hand Games winners: Cody Jensen Lyle Simmons Jerry Correy Kareen Martin Sherry Whitehead Browning Naddeau Sarah Reiser   Men’s Compound Bow 1st – Bo Green 2nd – Stacey Coffey 3rd – Harold Smith   Men’s Traditional Bow 1st – Lloyd Smith 2nd – Jared Jones 3rd – Zach Tabor   Women’s Compound Bow 1st – Ginger Blackmon 2nd – Amber Coffey 3rd – Jessica Burt Women’s Traditional Bow 1st – Natalie Phillips 2nd – Denese Bower 3rd – Leslie Simeka   Men’s...

  • Citizen Potawatomi showcase community garden and monarch habitats on June 27 6/26/2017

    A volunteer at the tribal community garden plants milkweed, which butterflies eat as a source of food. In early June, community members gathered at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center to learn more about what each of them can do for the environment in their own backyards. The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service hosted the event to showcase what one of their grant recipients is doing in their people’s garden with the use of cultural...

  • Language with Justin: June 2017 6/26/2017

    As Festival approaches, we have a lot of exciting learning opportunities at the Festival. We will have a number of classes during the event, with one specifically geared towards kids and another toward adults. We will also have the always popular Potawatomi Bingo where you can learn some language while having fun. We are also planning on bringing back the Potawatomi scavenger hunt. The questions will be in Potawatomi and you will have to read them and fill in the correct information. It’s...

  • CPN Family Reunion Festival Honored Families of 2017 6/21/2017

  • CPN Veterans report: June 2017 6/20/2017

    Bozho, Lest we forget: The months of May and June have a special purpose for this country, this tribe, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the American veterans. Our country and her tribes have experienced, and continues to experience, much conflict. Lest we forget those experiences we set aside a special time to collectively join together to remember our brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers who made the sacrifices to create our blessings we enjoy today. The veterans who made the sacrifices during the...

  • BDC hosts pistol match at 2017 Family Reunion Festival 6/19/2017

    Cash prizes are on still on the line for female and male divisions in this year's pistol match held at BDC Gun Room during the annual CPN Family Reunion Festival. Download the full information and rules sheet here. Download the sign up sheet here. For further questions, contact Charles Meloy at...

  • Potawatomi veterinarian offers pet vaccinations during Festival 6/19/2017

    Amongst the free hot dogs, crafts and meals made available through the Festival this year will be another service available to tribal members – free vaccinations for family dogs provided by Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Dr. Heidi Stone, a board certified veterinarian. We spoke to Dr. Stone ahead of this year’s Festival about what to expect from the tribe’s free dog vaccination clinic taking place at BDC Gun Room at 40960 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801. Tell us a little bit about...

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