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  • CPN Veterans report: March 2017 3/27/2017

    Bozho, There are a lot of changes going on this year with the CPN Veterans Organization. We have a new team leader for our Color Guard, Derek Skaggs. He was trained by Herb Holton who has built our color guard to the high standard it is today. I believe Derek is up to the challenge.  How many of you veterans out there have registered with the Veterans Administration? There are many benefits to registering. Be informed. We have a new veterans’ service representative for our area, Steve Webb. He...

  • Indiana University establishes First Nations Leadership Ambassadors Council 3/24/2017

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center Director Kelli Mosteller, Ph.D., joins newly formed First Nations Leadership Ambassadors Council. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In an effort to strengthen the connection to and gain insight from the Native American community, Indiana University is establishing the First Nations Leadership Ambassadors Council. This initiative will create an ongoing dialogue with IU and a council of six individuals who care deeply about the Native...

  • Ross Swimmer on tribal banks and the direction of Indian Country under Trump 3/23/2017

    While many Citizen Potawatomi know of the tribe’s ownership of a bank, First National Bank and Trust Co., few know that amongst its board of directors is an individual whose previous positions include principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs and special trustee for American Indians in what has become known as the Cobell Trust Settlement. Ross Swimmer, an attorney and businessman with an extensive background in banking and government service, will be added...

  • A look into CPN ethnology collections 3/22/2017

    Bozho, I am excited to write my second installment regarding my position and duties at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center as the Ethnology Collections Manager.  As discussed in my previous article, the CPN Ethnology Collection is comprised of items that have been loaned (given to CHC for a designated amount of time), gifted (permanently given to CHC), or purchased by the CHC curatorial staff to supplement the collection. The collection itself is made up of smaller curatorial...

  • Monarch partnership: One year later 3/21/2017

    Assistant Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Andrew Gourd works inside the hoop house. Last year, Citizen Potawatomi Nation partnered with six Oklahoma tribes, the Euchee Butterfly Farm and the University of Kansas Monarch Watch to reestablish monarch butterfly habitats on tribal lands in Oklahoma. They competed for the first – and hugely competitive – grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation for monarch habitat restoration and were the only tribal partnership funded. “Oklahoma is in the...

  • Potawatomi language is difficult but important to learn 3/20/2017

     Byekkendan means “learn something” in Potawatomi. There are fewer than 10 first-language Potawatomi speakers – people who learned Potawatomi first in the home and then learned English at another point in their life – and many are nearing 70 and 80 years old. As they age, fewer are available to help students learn the details of speaking Potawatomi. However, there are a large number of people who are advanced speakers and continue to learn and teach. They are a vital resource, as they dedicate their...

  • FireLodge Rekindling 7 Generations Tribal Youth Program update: March 2017 3/17/2017

      To start off this March, Citizen Potawatomi Nation has decided to merge the efforts of the CPN Cultural Heritage Center’s Rekindling 7 Generations cultural education program and FireLodge Tribal Youth’s Potawatomi Learning and Cultural Exchange – better known as the PLACE program. To usher in this new program, we will be hosting two parent and youth open houses to showcase all the changes and new programming FireLodge’s Rekindling 7 Generations Tribal Youth Program has to offer!  If you plan to...

  • Ball Fields at FireLake launches new smartphone app 3/16/2017

    The "Ballfields at FireLake" app is available on iTunes and Google Play stores. If it’s close to spring time in central Oklahoma that means that CPN-owned FireLake Ball Fields is back open for business. Because there are increasing numbers of teams, players, coaches and parents involved, management recently began updating scores, schedules and information through a smartphone app available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. “We wanted to be able to send updated information to inform our parents,...

  • CPN Diabetes Initiative focuses on nutrition education in March 3/15/2017

    The prevalence of information on healthy lifestyles and healthy eating available to the average American can be overwhelming at times. The Internet is an important tool that allows for breaking news about the latest studies on the impact of a certain food or diet regimen to be delivered to the nearest smartphone. Yet that information access can quickly become information overload, making the importance of consulting experts or legitimate sources ever important.  At Citizen Potawatomi Nation, tribal...

  • ‘No Stick WIC’ brings less stress for participants 3/14/2017

    Josias Noteware has his blood iron levels checked by CPN WIC’s Cheryl Richardson. Caring for a newborn or toddler is a hectic process. Aside from the day-to-day responsibilities, parents and guardians make sure to get them to doctors’ appointments and ensure they’re getting a healthy diet. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Women, Infant, Children Program plays a role in assisting with some of the challenges facing parents of newborns and young children. It recently implemented a new practice into...

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