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  • Grand Casino Hotel and Resort to host PBA Southwest Regional Hall of Fame Ceremony

    8/1/2014

    The Professional Bowlers Association Southwest Region will induct five individuals into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame in its inaugural induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla. The hall of fame ceremony will be held in conjunction with the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational, which will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. In addition, Grand Casino will be the “home” of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of...

  • New Number One! - Tribal member sets record in black bear bow hunt

    8/1/2014

    This article originally featured in the Ontario Monster Whitetails Volume 9, No 2. It has been reprinted here with the express written permission of Beasley Brothers Outdoors Inc. In April, Brian Erbin, Josh Felty and I booked a black bear hunt for August, with Marc Cloutier of Raleigh Lake Resort and Outpost. A trip to northern Ontario was in the works. I spent countless hours shooting my bow at different times and positions to be ready for the hunt. Several trips were made to my local...

  • PLP student interns with Public Information

    7/30/2014

    Editor’s note: Lydia Davison is a participant in the PLP project this year. Each year the PLP students spend a half day with departments to shadow their work. Lydia chose to shadow the public information department. We tried to match their assignments with their interests and our daily work. Here is a small recap of what Lydia did during her short stay in our office. Lydia Davison – Public Information Design Project I am attending the University of Washington as a sophomore this upcoming fall...

  • CPN secures funding for community safe room and elder’s program

    7/29/2014

                  Attempting to improve safety and preparedness in light of the devastating 2013 storm season, Citizen Potawatomi Nation has secured federal funding for a community safe room which will be located at the Grand Complex located along Interstate 40. “With the assistance from FEMA and our Tribal Legislature, we’ll be able to provide shelter for our members, employees and local community members when the worst happens,” said CPN Director of Safety Tim Zientek. “This storm shelter can protect...

  • Tanquility Tanning Spa and Hair Salon

    7/28/2014

      Friendly smiles and beautiful faces is what you will be greeted with when you enter Tanquility Tanning Spa and Hair Salon. Located in the shopping center at 1510 North Kickapoo Street, Tanquility is a tranquil place of relaxation that provides tanning and high quality cosmetology services in one location. They have nine hairstylists, a variety of indoor tanning beds and a VersaSpa spray-tanning booth. Tanquility’s 12 employees in the tanning salon and nine hairstylists are always there to...

  • The facts on contraception

    7/25/2014

      Contraception, also known as birth control, refers to a method, medication or device that a person uses to avoid unintended pregnancy. This article is to provide an overview of some of the most frequently used methods for contraception. Spiritual beliefs regarding the use of these methods or the question of when life begins is beyond the scope of this article. Suffice to say, contraception, sometimes called family planning, ranges from education about becoming pregnant to placement of birth...

  • Potawatomi success stories - July 2014

    7/24/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation members have had many accomplishments and earned distinctions in professional, academic, athletic and artistic fields over the past few months. Here are just a few of their success stories. Moore (Okla.) High School student Ciara Makenzie Quine was officially accepted into the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society in April. To be accepted, students must be in high school or college, maintain a cumulative 3.9 GPA and be involved both in school or community services as...

  • A Sweet Standard - DC Cake Appeal, Inc.

    7/24/2014

    David Conway and co-owner Owen Davis   Shawnee, Okla. - DC Cake Appeal, Inc. is unique, and that is how owner, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal member, David Conway and co-owner Owen Davis want it to be perceived. The name itself says cake appeal, and judging by their return customers, their products certainly do. Baking cakes was the initial focus when they began their business in 2006 out of their home in Prague, Okla. A colleague of Davis’ asked if he would bake a cake for her because he...

  • CPN Child Development Center students place at Native American language contest

    7/23/2014

      Under the guidance of CPN’s Language Department, students from the Child Development Center maintained their well-earned reputation at the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair this year. Held at the Sam Noble Museum of history, on campus of University of Oklahoma, Potawatomi language students from the CDC took two team awards home. Led by Potawatomi language instructor Randy Schlachtun, 20 students from ages three to four years old competed against a number of different tribes like the...

  • Tribal Youth in the midst of a busy summer season

    7/22/2014

    At Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Youth Programs, the P.L.A.C.E. (Potawatomi Learning And Cultural Exchange), we are consistently blessed to work with fantastic youth and a wonderful staff. But there are others in our midst who make an incredible impact on our kids! This year, our volunteers have imparted much wisdom and guidance to our youth, a gift that is imperative to achieving our goal of molding brilliant young minds. We have had the utmost honor of having two incredible volunteers in...

  • CPN Vets Report- July 2014

    7/21/2014

       Bozho, The month of June was a busy one for the CPN Veterans Organization. We had our Color Guard presenting the colors at several functions, including this year’s festival. U.S. Flags Retirement Ceremony on Friday.  My favorite was our special guest at our festival veterans’ table this year, Robert Sander, author of the book, “The Invasion of Laos, 1971.” It is a very interesting read. I hope everyone got to meet him and visit with CPN Veterans Organization members. We enjoy sharing war...

  • Wadase Update- July 2014

    7/17/2014

    Wadase has spent much of the last few months exploring new territory. During the last week in May, she worked her way up north following the Arkansas River until she reached the Salt Fork and headed west to the Great Salt Plains Lake, just 7.5 miles shy of the Oklahoma border. This is her furthest trip northwest to date. As we continue to study her movements, we’ve learned that she can now easily travel 50 miles a day as she meanders along the river’s path, hunting and exploring. She is as...

  • CPN Dietitian Torie Fuller instructs parents and youth on healthy cooking

    7/16/2014

    Torie Fuller, CPN Dietitan and Healthy Heart Director, prepares pancakes during a cooking demo. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity continues to rise in the U.S. For children 6-11 years old, 18 percent were considered obese in 2012 compared to just 7 percent in 1980. Adolescents from 12-19 years old were similarly impacted, with 21 percent being considered obese in 2012 compared to just five percent in 1980. CPN Dietitian and Case Manager, Torie...

  • Legislative Update – July 2014

    7/15/2014

    2014 CPN Legislature. Following the elections and swearing in at the June 28 General Council Meeting, the 2014-15 CPN Legislature met for the first time on June 30. Resolutions supporting funding applications for the 2014 fiscal year were approved for the Conservation Law Enforcement Officer Program, Family Violence Prevention Program, a museum and library enhancement program and a humanities and collections reference resource program. The Legislature also approved two CPN applications to the...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation wins 2014 Charitable Influence Beacon Award and governor commendation

    7/11/2014

      The two awards from the evening. Amongst a ballroom filled with several hundred representatives of the state’s most influential companies, The Journal Record newspaper honored the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for its charitable influence in Oklahoma in the past year. “Being nominated alongside firms like OG&E, Verizon Wireless and so many others is an honor in itself,” said Jason Greenwalt, Director of Executive Operations. “But having our tribe and employees’ charitable giving recognized by...

  • CPN Cultural Heritage Center chronicles Tribe’s past with contemporary archival practices

    7/9/2014

    Blake Norton. With floods and construction, working at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage center over the past few months had staff taking on duties that may have never occurred to them when initially applying for their position. As construction progresses, many staff members are now finding more time to devote to their regular tasks. One such project is the CHC’s Tribal Archive and Research Division, which goes to painstaking efforts to help preserve and make accessible cultural...

  • The illegal annexation of tribal land by the City of Shawnee

    7/8/2014

    Editor's note: On July 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to move forward with a resolution that would amend the City's Charter regarding de-annexation applications by property owners. The move was supported by a small majority on the Commission including Mayor Wes Mainord and Vice-Mayor James Harrod and was initiated by City Commissioner Keith Hall following the June 24 electoral loss of now lame duck City Commissioner Steve Smith, who is openly hostile to local tribes. The amended...

  • District 1 and 4 hold combined regional meeting in Kansas

    7/3/2014

      There are thirteen legislative districts within the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Five are divided up in Oklahoma while the other eight are dispersed throughout the United States. Legislative representatives from District 4, Jon Boursaw and District 1 legislator, Roy Slavin, held a regional meeting together for their districts in Overland Park, Kan. on June 7. “We’re here to inform our membership about the Nation and some of the new things that are happening within the Nation,” said Slavin. “It’s...

  • Johnson and Carney win elections; Braugh re-appointed to Supreme Court

    7/2/2014

      Offices for Vice-Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer and Legislative Districts 5, 6, 7 and 8 were all on the ballot during the 2014 election season, though only incumbents Dave Carney (District 8) and Mark Johnson (District 7) drew challengers. In District 7, first time candidate Michael Bourbonnais of Fresno, Calif. ran while Vancouver, Wash.’s Clyde Slavin again challenged for the District 8 seat. When the votes were finally tallied, both incumbents emerged victorious. District 7’s Johnson...

  • Language with Justin, June 2014

    6/23/2014

    Festival is right around the corner and by the time you receive this edition it will be here. First I would like to share some of the exciting accomplishments of the CPN Child Development Center children who are taught by the Language Instructor Randy Schlachtun. We are very proud of Randy and the kids’ accomplishments at the University of Oklahoma’s Native American Language Fair, where they competed with children from across the state and country. The kids took third place in small group...

  • Cultural Heritage Center update

    6/20/2014

    It was the flood no one saw coming. Surveillance video from inside the Long Room at the Cultural Heritage Center shows the floor rising in a dome shape.Within an hour, several inches of water came seeping through the concrete base and out the opened doors. Several months have passed since the eerie day that left CPN employees scurrying for mops and squeegees at the Cultural Heritage Center and all hope is not lost for attendees to the 2014 Family Reunion Festival looking to enjoy time spent...

  • Places to visit during Festival

    6/17/2014

      The area in Oklahoma that the Potawatomi now call home is entrenched with a history that has been forged from the early 1800s. Cabins, landmarks and churches can still be seen today that still stand from when CPN members first came to what was then known as Indian Territory. The Family Reunion Festival, taking place from June 27-29, is an opportunity for today’s Tribal members to reflect and experience the past while also embracing the future by visiting new and old venues alike. The Grand...

  • Clyde Slavin Q&A

    6/16/2014

      What does it mean to you to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation? “It means understanding why I am living and doing some of the things I do. It means knowledge of my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and hundreds of aunts, uncles, and cousins. It means friendships with people I would never have known and to some degree are related to. It means being able to read a book and imagine how events written are part of my being. It means seeing a turtle, a muskrat, a fisher, a bald eagle,...

  • Dave Carney Q&A

    6/16/2014

    What does it mean to you to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation? “My citizenship is very special to me. It is simultaneously a link to the past and a glimpse of possibilities of the future. We are all family, connected by a common past experience. We are over thirty thousand in membership – and growing. I am excited to collaborate with my growing District 8 membership in a range of efforts to further revive our culture and ensure we have something tangible to share with future...

  • Mark Johnson Q&A

    6/16/2014

    What does it mean to you to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation?  “It is at the core of who I am as a person. I was raised with the stories of our proud people and of thestruggles of our family. I was raised to respect our culture and heritage, and to serve others before myself,which I have done all of my adult life. I, like my father before me, walk with the blood of our ancestors. I am proud to carry that blood, and will always respect it.” In your opinion, what is the greatest...

  • Michael Bourbonnais Q&A

    6/16/2014

      What does it mean to you to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation? As an enrolled citizen of the CPN since birth, I have a strong sense of nationality and responsibility. I am grateful for my native heritage which I actively pursue. I do not just give lip-service to “preserve culture,” I live it! I am involved, learn our language, active in the Native community, seek Tribal office, and more. My wife belongs to a huge economically and culturally rich Indian nation in Oklahoma. We are...

  • 2014 Family Reunion Schedule

    6/16/2014

  • FireLake Golf Course hosts Josh Heupel #14 Foundation Golf Tournament

    6/13/2014

      Entering its ninth year, the Josh Heupel 14 Foundation Golf Tournament will once again host golfers from around the region at FireLake Golf Course. The four person scramble raises funds for Josh Heupel’s #14 Foundation, which is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of children-in-need. The tournament has become a staple of FireLake Golf Course’s summer schedule, thanks in large part to the cooperation between the tribe and Ken Heupel, father of the University of Oklahoma...

  • Health Fair during Festival

    6/12/2014

      Individual health and well being can be an important concern for individuals to ensure they maintain a healthy lifestyle. The annual Family Reunion Festival is the perfect time to do this. The event gives attendees the opportunity to receive important health information, check-ups and learn about what the newest services CPN has to offer. This year the East and West clinics will be treating CPN members as usual but will also be holding tours of the facilities along with healthy giveaways. The...

  • CPN employee nominated as Head Woman Dancer at Stanford University Powwow

    6/10/2014

      CPN has more than 2000 employees in its various enterprises and governmental departments. Some are Potawatomi, others are non-tribal or from other federally recognized tribes. Employee Leslie Deer has been with CPN for more than 15 years, working in many different departments. Deer is a Production Assistant for the Tribal Heritage Productions Department. Along with Video Production manager for the Cultural Heritage Center, Curtis Grant, they film interviews of tribal members for the tribal...

  • 2014 Pottawatomi Gathering Registration

    6/10/2014

    Registration is now open for the 2014 Pottawatomi Gathering. Please visit this website for registration. www.potawatominations.com/Pottawatomi_Nations/Welcome.html  

  • Free Summer Camp is Open to Native American Teens in Florida

    6/10/2014

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Native American teenagers living in Florida have an opportunity to learn while enjoying outstanding recreational, cultural and social activities during a free summer camp in Tallahassee next month. American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians are all considered to be Native Americans and eligible for the program. The Florida Indian Youth Program is an intensive, away-from-home educational experience provided for up to 60 Native American youths each year by the...

  • Children’s activities during festival

    6/9/2014

    Entertaining the kids during festival will keep them happy and it will also keep parents from worrying about what they will do during the weekend. The Family Reunion Festival offers plenty of activities for young tribal members to test their skills and bring out their creative side. The games and activities will allow children to interact with other tribal peers while embracing their heritage and learning new things. This year, kids can expect art and crafts activities each day throughout the...

  • Potawatomi Cornerstone for 2014 Family Reunion Festival

    6/5/2014

      Welcome to another edition of the Potawatomi Cornerstone. In this issue I am breaking away from the regular features to give you some pre-Festival information about what we do here in Tribal Rolls and what you need to know if you have any business with us during the Festival.  Tribal Rolls is broken down into four groups: ID cards, enrollments, scholarships and burials. We are also responsible for RV, tent and vendor spaces during the Festival, but the team that is used for this task will be...

  • FireLake Golf Course hosts night and day golfing during Festival

    6/5/2014

      The busiest time for Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the last weekend in the month of June. Families from all over come to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for the event that brings the Potawatomi families together. With all the preparations and energy spent to make sure everything will be a smooth and enjoyable time, it’s always nice to fit in some relaxing activities to the hectic schedule. Hanging out by the pool, gazing upon the bald eagles at the Eagle aviary or spending some time in of the...

  • Get Fit at Festival

    6/4/2014

      The three day weekend that brings CPN members from all over the world offers plenty of activities for family and friends to get fit. Three on three basketball, slow pitch softball and a 5k race are just a few events offered to “get fit” this Festival. The CPN Wellness Center will have a 5k race for anyone Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with snacks provided after. Also at the wellness center will offer an indoor swimming pool. During Festival the swimming pool will be open Friday 5:30 a.m. to 5...

  • Big prizes for strategic games during festival

    6/3/2014

    Every year CPN offers friendly games for adults who wish to test their skills at some of the more strategic and traditional games. The games and tournaments pair friends and family to go up against one another for chance to win prizes. Each game challenges the wits of each participant to tactically defeat their opponent. Chess, checkers, traditional hand games, dominoes, billiards and a horseshoe tournament will give attendees plenty of opportunity to join in on the festivities over the...

  • Family Reunion allows families to “break bread” with new and old friends

    6/2/2014

      Last year more than 5,000 Tribal members and their families descended upon Shawnee, Okla. for Family Reunion Festival. The event is a great time for old friends to reconnect and strangers to coincide. Food is one of the main components to a reunion and bringing family together in America. As always, CPN employees prepare every meal and snack for attendees from Friday night to lunch on Sunday. Preparing and putting together the food for such a large group is no easy task, but thanks to a...

  • Director of Casino operations Judy Shore finds career at Grand Casino

    5/29/2014

      In an industry that Hollywood has portrayed as a bastion of rogues and crooks, working in the gaming community can appear as a strange career path for someone like Judy Shore. Shore, the Director of Casino Operations for Grand Casino Hotel and Resort is more typical a face of the gaming industry than anything one sees on the silver screen though. Born and raised in Muscogee, Okla., Shore grew up in a time when gambling was illegal on tribal lands. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, she...

  • Potawatomi photographer’s regalia photos featured at art exhibit

    5/28/2014

      In today’s world, anyone can capture a photograph with the touch of a button from their phone. In past years, during Family Reunion Festival, tribal members have been doing just that, documenting the memories for generations to come. For the past four years, CPN member and professional photographer, Sharon Hoogstraten, has done the same but with an artists’ approach to each photograph.  The result of her chronicling of the Tribe’s annual gathering is featured in a month long gallery exhibit at...

  • Earth Day tradition continues to keep CPN a beautiful area

    5/27/2014

      April in Oklahoma is when the season truly starts to change, with grass turning green, trees begin to bud and crops sprout from the tilled soil. With seven billion people in the world, keeping up with the waste is something the earth can’t defend against without help. Earth Day was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. His inspiration came to mind when observing the oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson said the world was in need of recognizing the...

  • 2014 Day of Champions Football Camp set for June 30-July 1

    5/22/2014

    The days are getting long and are getting hot, meaning it is again time for the annual Day of Champions Football Camp. Sponsored by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the two day camp will take place at FireLake Ballfields from June 30-July 1. The Tribally-sponsored camps are open to all enrolled Native American youth or children of CPN employees, both boys and girls from 7-14 year old, for a price of $15 for two days of camp. Lunch, a t-shirt and other refreshments included. At last year’s...

  • Santa Fe Depot receives computer donation from CPN

    5/20/2014

      Citizen Potawatomi Nation donated two re-purposed desktops computers and a scanner to the Santa Fe Depot Museum in Shawnee. The Pottawatomie County Oklahoma Historical Society reached out to CPN to see if they had any computers available for a project they will be overseeing at the Santa Fe Depot Museum. “We plan on using one of the computers and the scanner to scan in documents and photos to preserve the history of Pottawatomie County,” said Landry. “The other computer will be used for...

  • Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing - Schedule

    5/19/2014

    Where:FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Hotel, Casino and Resort Shawnee, Okla. When: (all times are Central) Monday, May 19, PBA Wolf Open 8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finalsTuesday, May 20, PBA Bear Open 8 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games2 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round7:30...

  • Collegiate star Marshall Kent debuts as PBA Member at Grand Casino's Summer Swing

    5/19/2014

    Marshall Kent, a 21-year-old native of Yakima, Wash., and predicted by many observers to be headed toward stardom in professional bowling, has announced he is joining the Professional Bowlers Association and will compete as a PBA member in Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25. Kent, a two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year while bowling with Chicago-based Robert Morris-Illinois, has one more year of collegiate eligibility, but has decided to forego that...

  • PBA Champion Mike Edwards looks forward to PBA’s return to Oklahoma at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort

    5/19/2014

    After bowling on the PBA Tour for more than 12 years without a title, Mike Edwards of Tulsa held a record he didn’t especially want: most prize money won without a PBA Tour title. After several runner-up finishes during that span, the native Oklahoman put an end to that record on April 16, 1994 when he won the IOF Foresters Bowling for Miracles Open at Club 300 Bowl in Markham, Ontario, for his first PBA Tour title. Edwards, who was top qualifier for the ABC-TV Pro Bowlers Tour-televised...

  • Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing at a glance

    5/19/2014

    The PBA Tour returns to Oklahoma for the first time since 2005 when the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort host the Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing at FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 17-25. Click here for the schedule of the week's bowling. Four PBA Tour events conducted in one week: The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer King of the...

  • Former MLB All Star pitcher John Burkett Returns to PBA Competition at FireLake

    5/19/2014

    Former major league pitching star John Burkett, a two-time all-star with the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, is returning to Professional Bowlers Association competition. Pursuing a childhood dream Burkett will compete in the PBA Wolf Open, the first leg of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing at FireLake Bowling Center. Burkett, an accomplished bowler who lives in Southlake, Texas, will compete in his first PBA Tour event since the 2007 GEICO Classic in Irving, Texas,...

  • Chase to catch PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte resumes at FireLake Bowling Center

    5/19/2014

      The chase to catch reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Jason Belmonte resumes next Monday when the multi-event Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing gets underway at FireLake Bowling Center. The Summer Swing will conclude when five CBS Sports Network television finals are conducted May 24-25 in a special bowling arena installed inside the Grand Event Center in the Grand Casino Resort complex. CBS Sports Network will air the finals on consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET,...

  • FireLake Wellness Center hosts annual fitness competition

    5/19/2014

      To most, March Madness refers to the NCAA basketball tournament which takes place each March. At FireLake Wellness Center, it has a slightly different meaning. The 64-team bracket tournament inspired the FireLake Wellness Center’s own competition where individuals compete against each other in cardio workouts. The contest is open to 64 participants who must be a member of the FireLake Wellness Center. Competitors goes head to head against an opponent for one week in a competition to get the...

  • Red Cross of Oklahoma Awards $6.5 Million in Grants for Storm Shelters

    5/16/2014

      The American Red Cross is awarding $6.5 million in new grants to communities in Oklahoma to help homeowners affected by last May’s tornadoes install new storm shelters. Today’s announcement brings the total amount awarded by the Red Cross for storm shelters to $10.3 million for affected Oklahoma areas, which should support installation of as many as 4,000 shelters. The latest Red Cross grants are for the purchase and installation of individual storm shelters to help people become safer and...

  • CPN psychologist brings national training to CPN Health Services

    5/16/2014

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services, serving thousands of federally recognized tribal members, employees and their spouses prides itself on offering the best trained staff in Indian Country. This is due in large part to the continuing education of its medical professionals, who spend several days and weeks each year learning about the latest developments in their respective fields. Dr. Glenna Stumblingbear-Riddle, the Tribe’s Behavioral Health Coordinator since June 2013, is a...

  • Grilling tips for the summer

    5/15/2014

      The cold is gone and the heat will soon be on. With spring and summer coming, many people are asking themselves, “What am I going to do, grill or smoke?” As one of the main organizers for the FireLake BBQ Cook-off, even I always have a hard time deciding, as I like both. Whatever you choose though, there are a few things to check before you get started. • Is there a burn ban? – In Oklahoma, this is always the first thing you should check. If there is a burn ban in effect, the best case...

  • Tips for finding success in life after graduation

    5/13/2014

    Discovering who you are after graduating is one of the most challenging things you will do in life. Students will certainly go through times of struggle, but by staying positive and forming good habits one can sustain a successful life.   Decide on a vision for their future: Not necessarily right out of the gate, but you don’t want to be a grown up before you start thinking about a career or lifestyle that you wish to have. Realize what you’re passionate about and it will serve as the...

  • FireLake Discount Food’s Kay Bruce reflects on 25 years in the grocery business

    5/12/2014

      Although tribes have started to build a diverse portfolio of businesses, a grocery store isn’t usually the first thing that come mind. However, for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation grocery has been a booming business and FireLake Discount Foods is the largest tribally-owned grocery store in America. Helping making sure FireLake Discount Foods customers’ needs are met is veteran employee Kay Bruce. Employed by Citizen Potawatomi Nation for more than a decade, Bruce is the Customer Care Manager for...

  • Amanda Chapman, House of Hope Program, work to make communities stronger and safer

    5/9/2014

      The CPN House of Hope offers free community assistance programs in and around the tribal jurisdiction which focus on child abuse and domestic violence. One of the many House of Hope employees, Amanda Chapman, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator works to restore the lives and dignity of those they serve. Growing up with educators as parents, Chapman was raised the only way she knew how; to help and educate others. She previously worked for the Family Resource Center in...

  • Tribal Youth get educated on diabetes prevention

    5/8/2014

      The after school programs at CPN’s Tribal Youth facility is an opportunity for youth between the ages of 12-17 to receive education focusing on drug and alcohol prevention, healthy life skills, and academic success. All programs are voluntary and are designed to help youth build a better community from an early age. Recently, the after school program participants received a diabetes and obesity prevention education. The class was taught by FireLake Wellness Center Dietitian MS RD/LD, Torie...

  • Healthy summer snacks

    5/7/2014

      A nice snack can come in handy if you’re on a hike, at the ball fields, or relaxing at your house during the long days of summer. Whether you’re an adult, kid, or elder, a small amount of food can mean a lot in regards to your health. Although an over-processed candy bar may make your tummy feel warm and fuzzy, it can leave you feeling sluggish. This year, reach for something more organic, earth friendly and heart healthy. Beneficial nutrients from fruits and vegetables gives people the...

  • As storm season approaches, CPN looks out for its own

    5/6/2014

      When severe weather strikes, the difference between life and death can be summed up in as little as two words: be prepared. Making a plan for what you and your family will do when severe weather strikes is an important step in being prepared and building a Weather-Ready Nation. As part of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, NOAA and FEMA urge everyone to develop a Family Emergency Plan. Before disaster strikes, sit down with your family and decide how you will get in contact with each...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation offers helping hand all year round

    5/6/2014

      The Citizen Potawatomi Nation provides assistance to communities throughout Oklahoma in a number of areas, including emergency response for natural disasters, general labor for businesses, charitable organizations and communities in need. “When it comes to helping our fellow communities, we are always happy to help when someone asks us for help. We think our reputation precedes us. People know that the Potawatomi are always willing to lend a hand,” said Citizen Potawatomi Nation...

  • Fresno, California’s Michael Bourbonnais seeks to keep tradition alive in District 7 run

    5/5/2014

    Not all stories start off the same, and Michael Bourbonnais’ certainly began in a unique manner. The challenger for District 7’s legislative seat started off his interview by introducing himself in the Potawatomi language. “Bozho. Nin se Michael Bourbonnais. Mnogabwumko Nishnabé ndeshnekas. California ndoch bya. Fresno édayan. Bodéwadmi ndaw. Shishibéniyek ndebendagwes.” Roughly translated, it means “Greetings. I am Michael Bourbonnais. My ‘Indian’ name is Mnogabwumko. I am from California. I...

  • District 7 incumbent Mark Johnson carrying on family tradition

    5/5/2014

    Serving as a representative for any legislative body can be a challenging role. But being a legislative representative for a government as unique as the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a test all on its own. With tribal members scattered across the United States, legislators outside Oklahoma face enormous logistical challenges in getting tribal members services that are readily accessible for their counterparts closer to CPN headquarters. District 7 incumbent Mark Johnson, understands the...

  • The Three Sisters Recipes

    5/2/2014

     Three Sisters Corn Casserole 1 pint sour cream (use low fat or fat free if you wish) 2 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 t. ground cumin 1 t. salt ¼ t. ground pepper 16 oz. frozen whole kernel corn 1 ½ - 2 cups cooked pinto beans (or canned, drained and rinsed) 3-4 cups summer squash, diced (about 1 pound) 8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, diced small(may use reduced fat) *1/4 cup Jalapeno peppers, diced (optional – if you like the heat!) Vegetable oil spray In a...

  • CPCDC assistance let Sooner Stoneworks shape its stone fabrication business

    5/1/2014

    Counter tops, window sills, showers, fire places, and other stone pieces are the specialties of Sooner Stoneworks LLC, a Native American-owned business in Shawnee, Okla. Owners Scott Patten and Steve Taylor chiseled their company from the former Sooner Marble, Granite, and Tile. After some initial financing from the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, today, the two head one of local community’s staple businesses. Opening in 2002 in partnership with a trim and cabinet...

  • The difference a Potawatomi scholarship makes

    4/30/2014

    As a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, I want to express how much it means to be given financial support throughout my years in college. I am from Jacksonville, Fla. and am a descendant of Nora Ellen Edwards and the LeClair family. My grandfather, Bobby Gene Morris, is who I truly accredit my family’s involvement and connection with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. For the past four years of my life, I have been granted the tribal roll scholarship, which has helped me during my...

  • Tribal members eligible for home buyer and refinancing grant

    4/30/2014

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Housing Authority (CPNHA) has a “One Time Grant” available to enrolled Tribal members who are going to purchase, build or refinance a home. This grant is for closing costs or down payment only. All Citizen Potawatomi Tribal members are eligible for this grant for one time only. The maximum amount available is $2,125 and does not have to be repaid. The criteria for this program are: • The grant cannot be used for any type of mobile home. • The grant cannot be used by...

  • Diabetes prevention imperative for Native Americans

    4/28/2014

    According to the American Diabetes Association, American Indians are at a 2.2 times higher risk of developing diabetes than other races. ADA also says that an estimated 30 percent of American Indians have pre-diabetes, while 95 percent of American Indians have type 2 diabetes as opposed to type 1 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 develops over time through an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. With these statistics rising over the past few years, this is disease is something that all...

  • House of Hope awards Bethel students for art contest

    4/25/2014

    House of Hope Prevention Coordinator, Amanda Chapman, makes sure that the CPN domestic violence program is being brought forth to the community. One way Chapman raises awareness for the program is through a once a semester lecture on student dating violence to teens at Bethel High School. Chapman educates teens about dating violence through the “The Start Talking; Love is Respect Program.” “Someone has to be the voice to take a stand to these issues,” explained Chapman. “This program allows...

  • FireLake Designs opens retail location

    4/24/2014

    Those looking for a custom t-shirt design or a new business logo need just to stroll south across the North Canadian River to FireLake Designs new retail location. Welcoming officials from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, City of Shawnee and the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, FireLake Designs Director Lakisha Meade showed attendees around the new store located at 1109 S. Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, OK 74801. “We’re thrilled to open this second store along one of the busiest traffic corridors in...

  • Volunteering for a safer community

    4/24/2014

    Mike Petray, Jason Boyce, Larry Odell, Nick Nadeu, Tim Zientek and Tyler Motley all work for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Each work in different departments, live in different communities and are from entirely different backgrounds. While there are these differences, the one thing they all have in common is their dedication to their local communities. Director of Casino Operations at Firelake Entertainment Center, Mike Petray, and Jason Boyce, employee at Firelake Discount Foods, are...

  • CPN Cultural Heritage Center remains closed, crews begin removing concrete slab

    4/23/2014

      The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center remains closed after thousands of gallons of water flooded the building on March 31. Construction crews began to remove the concrete slab from the Long Room at the Cultural Heritage Center this week so that the damage below the slab could be assessed. It will take crews approximately one week to remove the floor. Once the slab has been removed crews will begin to dry, re-grade and compact the slab. The water line will need to be exposed...

  • CPN dietitians hold cooking classes for individuals with diabetes

    4/22/2014

    Since Nov. 2013, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Diabetes and Healthy Heart programs have put on a cooking demonstration once a month for individuals suffering from diabetes. Healthy Heart Coordinator and Dietitian, Torie Fuller MS RD/LD, has coordinated the monthly demonstrations along with help from other dietitians and interns from FireLake Wellness Center. Because Native Americans have a higher likelihood of developing diabetes, it is important tribal members learn how to lead healthier...

  • Shawnee City Commission undermines tribal sovereignty at detriment to Pottawatomie County

    4/21/2014

    With 38 federally recognized Tribes, Oklahoma, formerly called Indian Territory, is home to the second largest Native American population in the United States. Tribes in the U.S. have struggled for decades to make economic dreams a reality. Those dreams include self-sustainability and the ability to care for our people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in every four Native Americans lives in poverty. Although the Citizen Potawatomi Nation cannot be all things to all people, we go to...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation to raise funds for school storm shelters

    4/17/2014

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will host a fundraiser to help provide storm shelters for schools in Pottawatomie County on May 3, 2014. Speakers at the event will include Tyler Bridges, superintendent for Pleasant Grove Schools and Shane Jett, Congressional District 5 candidate. The event will include a dinner, silent auction and live auction and live entertainment. The cost for the event is $75 per ticket or $1,000 for a table of eight. Sponsorships are also available. “We believe that when...

  • CPN Members attend and help host Intertribal Reentry Program for returning citizens

    4/17/2014

    CPN recently hosted the quarterly meeting of the Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Reentry Alliance, a group offering support, instruction, and education training to ex-offenders. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation organized the event to help raise awareness of the issue. Debbie Severson is a Reentry Program Specialist for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was integral in organizing the gathering. “We get together so we can show the benefits of our reentry programs, as well as and most importantly, to motivate other...

  • Wadase's One Year Update

    4/16/2014

    In June of 2012 the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary received a juvenile bald eagle originally from the Florida Audubon Society. Many people know this eagle as Wadase and have watched her progress for the past year as she began to explore Pottawatomie County. Long before she was Wadase Zhabwe, CPN staff knew her as “Penojés”. Discovered near her nest in Orange County, Fla., she arrived at the CPN Eagle Aviary when she was approximately five months old and was given the Potawatomi name,...

  • CPN artist Penny Coates illustrates her heritage through art

    4/14/2014

    The famed Potawatomi artist Woody Crumbo depicted his life in the American southwest through paintings of intricately detailed horses, personal portraits and landscapes. Crumbo has etched his way into Potawatomi history through his art. Another Potawatomi artist following in Crumbo’s footsteps is Penny Coates. Born and raised in Shawnee, Okla., at a young age Coates developed a taste for the artistic world. Her father, an artist himself, taught a young Penny and her three sisters the values...

  • Osage Nation's Dr. Ron Shaw overseeing Indian Country health outcomes at CPN

    4/10/2014

     On a monthly basis, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Health clinics see more than 1,700 patients. This includes 250 behavioral health appointments, 500 lab tests and 250 x-rays. Such an expansive set of services requires both quality administrative abilities and competent medical staff. Oversight of this staff's qualifications and training falls to Director of Medical Services, Dr. Ron Shaw. At a young age, Dr. Shaw remembers being fascinated by the natural world. As he grew older, the Tulsa,...

  • CPN’s House of Hope promotes Sexual Assault Awareness month

    4/9/2014

    The CPN House of Hope offers free community assistance programs in the areas surrounding the tribal headquarters which focus on child abuse, sexual assault, and other domestic violence issues. For the month of April, the family violence program will focus on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized initiative. The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, which promotes Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is the largest organization dedicated to anti-sexual violence. Their goal is...

  • City of Shawnee campaign continues despite meeting with tribes

    4/8/2014

    At its latest meeting on April 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to request formal mediation with other parties regarding sales tax collection. Despite concerns from two city commissioners about the high costs of retaining an out-of-state law firm to perform duties as Agents of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the City Commission voted 5-2 to move forward with its campaign against area tribes. During the citizen’s participation and comments...

  • Washington’s Dave Carney ready to run on his record

    4/7/2014

    More than thirty thousand CPN tribal members reside across the globe and each has an elected representative. Overseeing the geographically largest district in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s legislature is Olympia, Wash.’s Dave Carney, who is currently running for his third term. Born in Rahway, N.J., Carney’s family relocated to the San Francisco area where he attended high school and college. The San Francisco State University alumnus grew up with the knowledge that he was Potawatomi, but...

  • District 8 challenger Clyde Slavin willing to shake things up

    4/7/2014

    Election season is in full swing in two CPN legislative districts holding competitive races this year. Challenging incumbent Dave Carney for the District 8 seat is Vancouver, Wash. resident Clyde Slavin. The now retired optometrist was born in Holdenville, Okla., but moved to the West Coast in 1961 when his father, a school teacher, took a position in Dinuba, Calif. Slavin’s move followed two major migrations of Oklahomans to California. Best known from the John Steinbeck classic, “The Grapes of...

  • The voices behind “Potawatomi Nation”

    4/4/2014

    Located behind a large counter inside Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Administration building is where the voices of the tribe, employees Pam Smith and Sheila Goff, connect callers to the Tribe’s departments and enterprises. Though callers to CPN probably know them more by their recognizable phrase, “Potawatomi Nation,” Smith and Goff are key cogs in keeping the tribe’s day-to-day operations connected. Smith, a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Okla., has been with CPN for nearly 18 years....

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center closed due to water damage

    4/3/2014

      The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center sustained severe water damage on March 31 due to a break originating at a City of Shawnee water main. Staff from the Cultural Heritage Center noticed water coming up from the Heritage Center’s Long Room about 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Thousands of gallons of water flooded the building, damaging exhibits and causing structural damage. Crews have worked for the past two days to remove the damaged exhibits and floor from the building and...

  • Native youth’s perspective: Advice from teens for parents

    4/2/2014

      Have you ever heard the saying, “Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a wall”? It is humorous quote and one many can relate to, but adolescence can more easily be navigated and understood when we actually listen to those in the middle of childhood and young adulthood. The Tribal youth programs at Citizen Potawatomi Nation intentionally seek young people’s input and voices in structuring our goals and activities. Research tells us that although they are considered legal adults at the...

  • Osage Nation's Dr. Ron Shaw overseeing Indian Country health outcomes at CPN

    4/1/2014

    On a monthly basis, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Health Clinics see more than 1,700 patients. This includes 250 behavioral health appointments, 500 lab tests and 250 x-rays. Such an expansive set of services requires both quality administrative abilities and competent medical staff. Oversight of this staff's qualifications and training falls to Director of Medical Services, Dr. Ron Shaw. At a young age, Dr. Shaw remembers being fascinated by the natural world. As he grew older, the Tulsa,...

  • What is “Indian Land?”

    3/31/2014

    When one hears the term “Indian Land,” everyone thinks they know what that is. Yet the truth is that no one knows what it constitutes. The phrase “Indian land” has no legal definition.Trust land, restricted land, fee land, and allotted land are phrases that do have legal meaning and are described in general terms below.   Trust Land is land whose deed reads “owned by the United State of America in trust for (tribe or individual).” The effect of this is that the land is only subject to the laws and...

  • Chairman Barrett speaks on the City of Shawnee sales tax demands

    3/28/2014

    Bozho Nikan, (Hello, my friend)Tribes and City government disputes seldom make headlines. Most recently, and unfortunately, they have. The sales tax controversy in which the City of Shawnee is attempting to tax the four tribes near town, particularly the retail operations at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is heating up. What people may be missing is the fact that the land on which tribal governments operate is deeded to the United States and held in trust.A similar situation exists in Midwest...

  • BBQ cook-off, family activities scheduled for March 29

    3/27/2014

    Grab the family and enjoy some of the best barbecue in the region at the Third Annual FireLake BBQ Contest on March 29. More than 40 competitors will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and guests can sample numerous recipes including beef brisket, chicken and pork. Competitors from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas will battle for the top prize. Taster kits are $8. Those who purchase a taster kit will get to sample the food and have a say in who goes home with the “People’s Choice” award....

  • Election 2014 - Meet the candidates: District 8

    3/26/2014

    In this piece, we spoke to District 8 incumbent Dave Carney, a real estate broker and challenger Clyde Slavin, an optometrist about their views on the upcoming election. If you win, how would you engage District 8’s constituents to make them feel more a part of the tribe? Dave Carney “In my current term as the District 8 Legislator I have brought the government to the people by having meetings in Anchorage, Portland, Missoula, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Eugene, Wasilla, Seattle and Olympia. Many...

  • Election 2014 - Meet the candidates: District 7

    3/26/2014

    Ahead of the June 2014 elections at CPN Family Reunion Festival, the Hownikan editorial board interviews candidates in each of the competitive legislative races. Vice Chairman Linda Capps, Secretary-Treasurer D. Wayne Trousdale, District 5 Legislator Gene Lambert and District 6 Legislator Rande Payne all will be running unopposed. In-person voting will be held June 28 during the annual CPN Family Festival. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Election Committee will mail absentee ballot request...

  • MC Trucking rolling strong with help from Citizen Potawatomi Development Community Corporation

    3/26/2014

    Starting a new business is always a daunting prospect, while maintaining steady growth is an entirely different matter with its own set of challenges. Mark and Cindy Cheatwoods’ Shawnee-based small business, MC Trucking, has taken on those obstacles and more. Open since 2006, the business has navigated challenges like the 2008 financial crisis and rising fuel costs. MC Trucking has overcome these challenges and prospered because of the support of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Community...

  • Potawatomi Leadership Program adds website and online application

    3/25/2014

    The Potawatomi Leadership Program is an opportunity for young tribal members from around the country to take part in a six-week long educational program in Shawnee, Okla. The program strives to give interns an accurate perception of CPN as a whole and cultivate talent from within to ensure that younger generations are prepared for a role in the future governance of their tribe. Starting this year, PLP applicants will be able to apply to the program at a brand new website, plp.potawatomi.org...

  • Male and Female American Bald Eagles, similar, but not the same

    3/24/2014

    For most people, catching a glimpse of the American Bald Eagle is a rare event. Even for tribal members and visitors to the CPN Eagle Aviary, the opportunity to see an eagle up close is a moving experience. Despite their name, bald eagles are actually not bald at all. The word "bald" is an archaic old world reference from the word "piebald", meaning marked with white. The most obvious differences between male and female Bald eagles are their size. Females are usually a third of the size...

  • Pronto Print Inc. looks to future with help of CPCDC

    3/21/2014

    You are starting your own business and need marketing material printed. Well, Pronto Print Inc. in Ardmore, Okla. is a one stop shop for all of your business and marketing needs. Robert and Brandy Rogers have owned Pronto Print Inc. since October 2009, five years after Robert  began working there. Robert has been in the screen print industry since 1994, while Brandy has been in retail and marketing just as long. Brandy received her degree from the University of Oklahoma in Business Management and...

  • One night of bingo creates a lifetime career at CPN for Mike Petray

    3/20/2014

    From Blackjack dealers to the cooks at the Bistro Grill, FireLake Casino is the workplace for dozens of tribal employees. The managerial staff at FireLake Entertainment Center has plenty of combined years of success. While each individual works as part of the larger team, those responsible for gaming operations fall under the supervision of Director of Casino Operations, Mike Petray.  At FireLake since 1990, Petray originally came to Pottawatomie County at the age of 17 from his hometown of...

  • Legislative Update: March 2014

    3/19/2014

    CPN legislators and executive officials met in person and via video conference in February to discuss the Tribe’s legislative business. Only one member of the body, Secretary-Treasurer Trousdale, was absent. An increase in funding for sanitation facilities construction was approved by all of the session’s attendees. The funding will provide sanitation facilities for individuals as well as assist the City of Tecumseh renovate and upgrade its water treatment plant. Citizen Potawatomi Nation...

  • Oklahoma banker Larry Briggs continues successful career at First National Bank and Trust Co.

    3/18/2014

    In 1984, First Oklahoma Bank, N.A. of Shawnee, Okla. opened with a capital structure of $2.5 million, a large portion of which was borrowed from a correspondent bank which failed amidst the banking crisis of the mid-1980s. For ten years, First Oklahoma Bank, N.A. lost money before a change was made that helped facilitate significant improvements that would eventually see the bank become a profitable enterprise. The man whose arrival helped kick start those changes was bank President and CEO...

  • Potawatomi author revisits 1971 U.S. invasion of Laos in new book

    3/14/2014

    As the Vietnam War entered its second decade, American policy makers made another attempt at severing the Communists’ Ho Chi Minh Trail, which crept along the porous borders of Laos and Vietnam. Tribal member Robert Sander, a helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne, took part in the operation. More than twenty years after the operation, which failed to halt the line of supplies to the Communist forces, a session of light reading about the doomed operation piqued an interest into the various...

  • Three Sisters, a planting tradition

    3/13/2014

    Long ago meat was hunted or fished, berries, nuts, wild growing greens and roots were gathered, but the diet staple, the “Three Sisters” were planted and grown. Whether it was by accident or observation the “Three Sisters” – corn, beans, and squash not only complemented each other while growing but also in the diet.  While growing, the corn stalks allowed structure for the beans to grow and creep up. The beans took in nitrogen from the air and converted it into a usable source in the soil.  The...

  • CPN House of Hope partners with Pendleton to combat domestic violence

    3/12/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s House of Hope has created a limited edition Pendleton blanket to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence programs. The blanket is the only of its kind to represent domestic violence prevention and education. “We are really proud of this blanket and what it means for Citizen Potawatomi Nation and domestic violence programs,” said CPN House of Hope Director Tiffany Barrett. “We have created something that wasn’t there and it’s going to be a lasting legacy for...

  • Joe Garcia named new General Manager of Grand Casino Hotel and Resort

    3/12/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s prosperous and diverse presence in Pottawatomie County continues provide numerous opportunities for tribal members, current employees and Oklahoma residents. That opportunity often comes from the “promote from within” policy at CPN and has allowed many employees to make their career working for the Nation. An example of that is Joe Garcia; a onetime lawn care specialist for FireLake Golf Course is now the General Manager for the Grand Casino. Joe Garcia, like many...

  • Spring into fitness

    3/11/2014

    Spring is right around the corner and I have had several people asking questions about fitness. How do I start a fitness program? “Try to get moving every day, whether it’s walking, running, swimming, strength training, sports, playing with the kids or whatever works for you. If you can do that you will get healthier and fitter over time.” How long will it take for me to get in shape? “It takes time. Any exercise program that promises results in a week, three weeks or even a month is either...

  • Potawatomi Success Stories - March 2014

    3/10/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation members have had many accomplishments and earned distinctions in academic, athletic and artistic fields over the past few months. Here are just a few of their success stories. Tecumseh, Okla. High School alum Junior Lowden, a Curly-family member, was inducted into the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics Hall of Fame in January 2014. Lowden, a three sport athlete in high school, played at Southwestern from 1990-95 and was an all-conference honoree each...

  • Census updated for Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members and employees

    3/6/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation has updated its census form to include both tribal members and tribal employees in order to obtain contact information and demographic details. The first part of the census is an emergency response form. The data will be used for emergency response efforts in other states as well in disaster situations such as the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, California Wild Fires, etc. The second part of the census collects geographic data to assist CPN...

  • Potawatomi language classes beginning

    3/5/2014

    Bozho Jayek (Hello everyone), As of the week of March 10, 2014, we will begin offering two language tracks, with a beginner class and an intermediate/ conversational class.  The Beginner class will be Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. CST and Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST. To join this class, go to www.instantpresenter.com/potawatomi4 a few minutes before the class begins. The beginner class is just for beginners. Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge, but it will be very basic content. You will...

  • Capps awarded honorary doctorate in humanities from Oklahoma Baptist University

    3/4/2014

    Longtime educator and tribal leader Linda Capps was honored for her decades of service during the 2014 Oklahoma Baptist University Founder’s Day celebration. Capps, who in addition to serving as CPN Vice Chairman since 1990 is a board member of the Oklahoma City Branch Bank of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, was conferred as a Doctor in Humanities by the Shawnee, Okla.-based institution. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it is an honor to be awarded a PhD from such a prestigious university,” said...

  • Marriages of bygone centuries affect real estate today

    3/3/2014

    The real estate market is a complicated game. For that matter, so is marriage. As daunting as each is however, combining the two can have unforeseen consequences for several generations.  Decades of confusion resulted from the federal Indian policy commonly known as allotment. The allotment process called for the division of tribal lands into plots to be owned privately by individual tribal members.  The policy was part of the U.S. government’s ill-begotten attempt at mainstreaming Native...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation largest job creator in Shawnee

    2/28/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the largest employer in Pottawatomie County with more than 2,200 employees and is also the largest creator of new jobs in Shawnee, Okla. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003 and 2013 the net new jobs in Shawnee increased by 2,045 and during that same time period CPN created 1,422, or 70 percent, new jobs. In the past decade CPN advanced beyond operating casinos, with major reinvestment of its gaming revenues to create a more diverse set of...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation donates building to Oklahoma Highway Patrol in Pottawatomie County

    2/27/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John Barrett and Vice-Chairman Linda Capps handed over the keys for office space to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in McLoud, Okla. The office is located just northeast of the Grand Hotel Casino Hotel and Resort and will serve as a rest stop and office space for OHP officers working along the Interstate 40 corridor. “The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reached out to us and we were more than happy to help,” said Vice Chairman Capps. “We had an unused trailer house at...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation: The economic engine of Pottawatomie County

    2/25/2014

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has come a long way since 1971 when the Tribe’s bank account held just $550 and its assets included an aging mobile home used as an administration building. A combination of strong leadership and strategic planning has allowed CPN to advance beyond solely operating casinos. Today the Tribe manages a diverse portfolio of businesses and enterprises which have a significant economic impact in Oklahoma.Current Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett took office in 1971...

  • Wadase Update – March 2014

    2/25/2014

    Winter weather persists here in Oklahoma. The bird feeders around the aviary are packed full of every songbird indigenous to the area as well as woodpeckers, flickers and crows. Even the turkeys are depending on us to furnish a daily meal in the harsh winter weather. However, Wadase has only been to the aviary a handful times in the last several weeks. Her telemetry shows us that she has been spending time just northeast of the Iron Horse Industrial Park project along one of her favorite...

  • Grand Casino Hotel and Resort partners with Penn Square Mall to promote tourism

    2/24/2014

    Grand Casino Hotel and Resort has partnered with Penn Square Mall to open the retail space, The Grand Lounge, to promote Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal enterprises and drive tourism in Pottawatomie County. “Penn Square Mall is excited to welcome The Grand Lounge to its eclectic mix of retailers,” said Donna Berlin, general manager at Penn Square Mall. “This space is truly unique to our center and provides shoppers with the opportunity to relax and learn more about the Grand Casino Hotel and...

  • City of Shawnee demands unwarranted tax revenue

    2/20/2014

    City of Shawnee, Okla. officials recently delivered a letter to the four Native American Tribes in the city asking that tribes begin paying a three percent city sales tax on goods sold to non-tribal members. The letter claimed that sales tax for the City was decreasing as Tribal enterprises were growing. In an investigation into the City of Shawnee’s claims that sales tax revenue is down, independent audits of its finances show that tax revenue has increased each year since 1996, with the...

  • Grocery and retail enterprises give back to the community under Director Richard Driskell

    2/19/2014

     The grocery business isn’t as simple as it looks from the outside. There is a science to everything, even in placing products on a shelf for consumers. The man behind that science for CPN grocery enterprises is tribal employee Richard Driskell. “It is vital to a business, what product is placed where, how much of it is out, keeping track of what sells and what doesn’t,” explained Driskell. “When you’ve got an electric bill in the thousands, employee payroll to meet and vendors to pay, how...

  • FireLake Entertainment Center still thriving after three decades

    2/18/2014

      Once surrounded by a corn field, FireLake Entertainment Center’s current surroundings look starkly different than it did thirty years ago. Its continuing transformation mirrors that of the tribe’s, whose holdings once consisted of a simple bingo hall, a small administrative trailer and just a few parcels of land. Constructed in 1982 as a bingo hall on tribal land, gaming was owned by the tribe but was managed by an outside source before CPN began overseeing operations in Sept. 1988. Linda...

  • CPN WIC finds success with new computer system

    2/17/2014

      Citizen Potawatomi Nation WIC recently updated the computer system used to serve clients. The new program, Spirit, is a web based program and allows WIC counselors to see participant information and update participant benefits instantly. “The new SPIRIT system allows us to see participants faster and provide better one on one nutrition education counseling,” said Shelley Schneider, WIC director.  “We are also able to better serve our authorized vendors with the new SPIRIT system. With the old...

  • Tips for building a respectful teenage community

    2/14/2014

    1. Help youth celebrate cultural diversity Our youth are living in a community steeped in a variety of cultures. This is a fantastic opportunity for each individual to celebrate his or her own culture and learn to respect and appreciate the cultures of others. Native youth especially should have a good understanding of their tribal background and history, be exposed and become familiar with cultural customs, and most importantly feel proud to be a member of their community and share that with...

  • CHC staff archiving thousands of Potawatomi items

    2/13/2014

    For the past year, the Cultural Heritage Center’s Tribal Archive and Research Division have been diligently working to transfer the Tribe’s cultural and historical collection catalogs and digital content into a new content management system called CuadraStar. The program will provide a more effective and efficient way to manage and make accessible the archival collections.  With the Cultural Heritage Center’s active acquisition policy, Archive and Research staff will continually add data to...

  • CPN license plates not for sale

    2/12/2014

      One of the more popular benefits offered to members by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the use of tribal motor vehicle tags. The Citizen Potawatomi Tag Agency was created to give tribal members a way to demonstrate their pride in their cultural heritage. The use of tribal tags can also mitigate some of the financial burden of registering a new car or renewing the registration on a presently owned automobile. Tribal leaders feel that tribal tags are an excellent way to recognize our tribal...

  • CPN Dietitian offers healthy dietary expertise

    2/11/2014

    Losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle can be daunting for anyone and going at it alone is a challenge that many people cannot overcome alone, especially when factoring in the day-to-day business of everyday life. This is why people like Torie Fuller are there to help. Torie Fuller, CPN Registered Dietitian RD/LD, is a young pioneer of the culinary craft of nutrition. The 2013 graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma, designs healthy diets for tribal members and employees at...

  • Contract Support Costs: Honoring a business agreement

    2/10/2014

    Imagine you’re providing a service to a customer for an agreed upon price. You’re nearly finished with the project and the money stops coming in. The customer acknowledges that he owes you the money and in good faith you continue to provide the service. However, upon completion of the project the customer explains that he doesn’t have the money to pay you at the current time. This doesn't sound like a good deal, does it? This hypothetical situation hasn't just taken place in real life; it has...

  • Language, with Justin Neely

    2/7/2014

    Will you tell them you stood idly by while our language and way of life disappeared? There are less than 10 first language speakers of Potawatomi anywhere in the world with an average age of 79. We have little time to change the future. What are you going to do? We have onsite classes in Shawnee, Okla. and online classes. We also have recordings, manuals, and a dictionary online at www.potawatomi.org and www.potawatomiheritage.org. I can hear some of you now telling yourselves, “but I'm too...

  • Vaccinations are vital for individual and community health

    2/6/2014

    During my day-to-day practice as a pediatrician, the issue of immunizations comes up quite often. This topic is of interest particularly now due to a growing demographic of parents and guardians who refuse to immunize their children. As a result of this, outbreaks of once-controlled diseases like Measles and Whooping Cough continue to make headlines around the country.Vaccinations are one of the greatest triumphs of science and have saved the lives of millions. Immunizations are a big part of...

  • CPN Community Development Corporation assists Native American-owned Mustang LLC

    2/5/2014

      Family man Devron Ross, is trying to build something for not only his family, but also for his community. Ross began his career 25 years ago at companies owned by others as a federal mechanic contractor specializing in HVAC, plumbing, process piping, medical gas and hydronic systems. After more than two decades working for others, Ross decided to set out on his own and founded Mustang Group LLC. Centrally located in Oklahoma City, the firm serves the numerous federal facilities located in the...

  • CPN PD honored by Tecumseh Police Department

    2/4/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Tribal Police Department received a unique honor when City of Tecumseh Police Chief Gary Crosby presented CPN Police Chief Jim Collard with a plaque thanking the tribal police for their cooperation and support with law enforcement. Tecumseh’s Assistant Chief of Police J.R Kidney also attended the gathering at the CPN North Reunion Hall. “We wanted to thank them for going above and beyond in our current partnership. They are always there when we need anything,” said...

  • Legislative update – February 2014

    2/3/2014

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Legislature rang in the New Year with a special legislative meeting on January 16. As business got underway, a resolution approving a lease agreement between CPN and the BDC Gun Range was passed by a vote of 13-1, with one absence and one abstention. The resolution’s passage authorized Vice Chairman Linda Capps to sign the agreement on behalf of the tribe. With regards to the tribe’s gaming business, legislators passed a resolution that designates Chairman...

  • Candidates set for June 2014 tribal election: District 8 preview

    1/31/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi in the Western sections of the U.S. will choose legislators in the June tribal election at the 2014 Family Reunion Festival. Vice Chairman Linda Capps, Secretary-Treasurer D. Wayne Trousdale, District 5 Legislator Gene Lambert and District 6 Legislator Rande Payne all will be running unopposed. In-person voting will commence June 28 during the annual CPN Family Festival. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Election Committee will mail absentee ballot request forms to all eligible...

  • Candidates set for June 2014 tribal election: District 7 preview

    1/31/2014

    Citizen Potawatomi in the Western sections of the U.S. will choose legislators in the June tribal election at the 2014 Family Reunion Festival. Vice Chairman Linda Capps, Secretary-Treasurer D. Wayne Trousdale, District 5 Legislator Gene Lambert and District 6 Legislator Rande Payne all will be running unopposed. In-person voting will commence June 28 during the annual CPN Family Festival. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Election Committee will mail absentee ballot request forms to all eligible...

  • Wadase Update for February

    1/30/2014

    Wadase Zhabwe continues to explore new territory on the North Canadian River. Since her release in April 2013 she has never ventured north of I-40, but on New Year’s Eve she did just that and rang in 2014 in a new place. New Years Eve’s telemetry put her in the Dale Bottom near the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort. The following week she visited several places along the North Canadian River between Dale and McLoud, ventured almost to Harrah, stopped at Wes Watkins Reservoir before venturing...

  • Tour added for District 1 and District 2 event at The National Museum of the American Indian in New York

    1/30/2014

    Celebrate Anishinaabe Art Day at The National Museum of the American Indian in New York on March 15, 2014 with your legislators and fellow tribal members from District 1 and District 2. Due to high demand, an additional guided tour of the Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes exhibit will be offered at 3:30 p.m. You must contact Eva Marie Carney at 1-800-961-6988 or ecarney@potawatomi.org or Roy Slavin at rslavin@potawatomi.org to be added to the RSVP list. Both tour groups will attend the...

  • Sacred Heart History

    1/29/2014

         

  • Potawatomi Cornerstone introduces Browning Neddeau

    1/28/2014

    Welcome to another edition of the Potawatomi Cornerstone. When I first started to write about current tribal members, I thought the only problem I would have is who to pick to do an article on from all of the requests. As it turns out the problem is the exact opposite. I would love to have to go through a pile of requests and maintain a regular monthly feature instead of having to fight tooth and nail for interesting stories that come out periodically. Please get in touch! I know there is a...

  • CPN Cultural Heritage Center celebrates eight years

    1/24/2014

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center has seen about 80,000 guests since the doors opened in January 2006. The Cultural Heritage Center employees focus on educating tribal members and exploring the history and collections items relevant to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Additionally, the staff offers language programs and cultural classes throughout the year. “Our focus is to educate tribal members about our history and culture,” said Dr. Kelli Mosteller, CHC director. “It’s important...

  • PLP alum Austen Roselius giving back to CPN Health Services

    1/23/2014

    Since 2003, dozens of young tribal members have participated in the Potawatomi Leadership Program (PLP) as they mature into young adults and start making decisions for their future. Coming from across the country, college-age Potawatomi travel to CPN each summer for the PLP internship program, which provides workplace experience and knowledge for their college and future careers. Austen Roselius, alum of the 2011 program, has been interning for the CPN Health Clinic as a way to give back to...

  • FireLake Entertainment Center GM looks back on 22 years of service

    1/22/2014

    Linda Canada was 19 years old when she moved from Quitaque, Texas to Shawnee, Okla. with her immediate family. Her familiarity with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation began when Canada was playing at the old bingo hall, before the tribe ever owned a casino. She picked up an application during one visit and the rest is history. It was 1992 when Canada started working at the bingo hall now known as the FireLake Entertainment Center. She had seen a ring at a local jewelry store and started to work at...

  • CPN’s Sammy Mitchell at home on the country music stage

    1/21/2014

    With more than 2,000 employees the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has a host of talented individuals that help with the tribe’s day-to-day work. Whether they’re a local visual artist or a person who knows how to change that finicky oil filter on your old Dodge, tribal employees are staples of the local community. For those who are into the local country music scene, the name Sammy Mitchell may sound familiar. At 31, he is known as Sam to his coworkers and close friends, but once he steps out of...

  • Getting prepared for cold weather exercises

    1/20/2014

    While the weather is all about polar vortexes and ice storms, those New Year resolutions aren’t going to get themselves accomplished if you wait for warmer temperatures. So while the weather may be cold, many of you will layer up and head outside. For those hardy few, here are some tips for exercising outside in cold weather. First and foremost, stay hydrated! You can still sweat just as much (especially if you are bundled up). Try to put your drinking water underneath layers to keep it from...

  • Women's Circle presents quilt to local tornado victim

    1/17/2014

    Women’s Circle presents quilt to local tornado victim Each Wednesday morning, a group of local women meet in the Title VI Elders Program building adjacent to the CPN Wellness Center with sewing on their minds. Officially known as the Wednesday Morning Women’s Circle, participants Doris Brenner, Patty Beeton, Suzie Brendelson, JoAnn Byler, Ida Tuttle, and Laura Oaks are either tribal members or spouses of Potawatomi. Ida Tuttle decided to create a women’s circle after visiting the organization...

  • CPN Behavioral Health Services Q&A with Dr. Stumblinbear-Riddle

    1/16/2014

    With two clinics and 12 different departments, the Citizen Potawatomi Health Services offers a variety of facilities and programs to Native Americans and the tribe’s employees. While the CPN Health Clinics are the most visible manifestation of these offerings, programs like Behavioral Health play a vital role in the local health community. To learn more about this program, the Hownikan spoke with Anadarko, Oklahoma native and Kiowa-tribal member Glenna Stumblingbear-Riddle, Ph.D.  Dr....

  • Wintering Eagles of Oklahoma

    1/15/2014

    The bald eagle is a migratory species. Those birds that nest in the Great Lakes states and adjacent areas in Canada fly south to find food for the winter, and many find their way to Oklahoma. Eagles begin arriving here in late November and December. Their numbers peak in January and February, and most birds have left for their northern breeding grounds by the end of March. Okla. is an important wintering area for bald eagles, consistently ranking among the top 10 states for numbers of birds. Each...

  • House of Hope's Willis recognized for fight against domestic violence

    1/13/2014

    According to the statistics available from the non-profit Violence Policy Center, Oklahoma ranks 3rd in the U.S. in per capita deaths from domestic violence, with 61 percent of those killed by an intimate partner. Despite those sobering figures, the numbers might be far higher if not for the work of family violence programs that assist victims of domestic violence from such hazardous situations. One local Citizen Potawatomi Nation employee working on this issue is Kimberly Willis, a case...

  • Oregon’s Wildlife Safari names new cheetah cub after late CPN member

    1/10/2014

    On January 1, 2014, Melot and Navarre-family descendent Carly Redheart got the call she had been hoping for. She learned that Wildlife Safari, based in Winston, Oregon would name one of their newborn cheetah cubs after her son, the late Donavan Huth. Huth passed away March 2013 in an automobile accident that also took the life of his friend Sanford James III. In addition to his mother Carly, he is survived by his daughter Ariel Brawley. Said Redheart, “Wildlife Safari is a place that my son...

  • Leave a Legacy of Healthy Vision – The National Eye Institute

    1/10/2014

    Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the United States. In addition, another 79 million people are estimated to have prediabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. Many American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) are included in these statistics. According to the Indian Health Service, diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives has increased from 8 percent to more than 13 percent in the last decade. While this may sound discouraging, the good news is...

  • CPN Aviary staff to attend Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch

    1/9/2014

    CPN Eagle Aviary managers Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham will be at the Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch in Ponca City on Jan. 18. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to see eagles in their natural environment and there should be an abundance of extra migrants in this year because of the weather up north,” said Dunham. Randell and Dunham will present a review of the first year at the CPN Aviary and about Wadase, the juvenile bald eagle released by CPN. “This is a great event if...

  • Language with Justin - January 2014

    1/8/2014

    For the third year in a row, the Potawatomi Language Department and our Monday adult class went Christmas caroling in Potawatomi. We do this every year and usually go to the Elders housing at Father Murphy and in Tecumseh. We always have a good time and also collect canned goods for those less fortunate. This year was the first that we had pretty good weather. We sang a collection of tunes including “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer”, “Let it snow”, “Silent Night”, “We wish you a Merry...

  • Wadase update – January 2014

    1/7/2014

      Wadase seemed to find a rhythm within the fall. Spending a few days at the Aviary and then a few days following the river, she was frequenting the areas she had previously explored and did not deviate far from that routine. Until, for reasons we cannot know, after the first week in November she did not show up as routine said she would. A few extra days passed without her presence and thankfully we were able to download her GPS data. We did not see any current points until the map was...

  • The University of Oklahoma revives Native American curriculum through Janux

    1/6/2014

    The University of Oklahoma has announced it is offering Native Peoples of Oklahoma, a course on the cultural traditions and current conditions of the Native American tribes who reside in Okla. The course will be offered at no cost this spring semester to anyone with Internet access through Janux, an online interactive learning community at OU.“Native Peoples of Oklahoma was once a highly sought after and highly attended course at OU,” said Dr. Daniel Swan, a professor of anthropology at OU and...

  • January is Stalking Awareness Month

    1/6/2014

      January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and it can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or personal association. The definition of stalking varies from one jurisdiction to another, but it is usually defined as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause them to feel fear. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. Over 6.6 million...

  • Employee spotlight – FireLodge Tribal Youth Program Coordinator BJ Trousdale

    1/3/2014

      When one thinks about the toughest jobs of the more than 2,200 employees of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, services like the police and health clinics likely comes to mind. Yet to anyone organizing a couple dozen teenagers in an after school setting, the notion of “toughest” takes on a whole new meaning.Offering one of the only local after school programs for tribal youth in the Shawnee-Tecumseh area, FireLodge Youth Council and The P.L.A.C.E are under the direct supervision of longtime...

  • Looking back at 2013

    1/2/2014

    Bozho Nikan, I hope that each of you had a joyous Christmas and New Year and that you took the time to connect with your families and share in our Potawatomi traditions. As we begin 2014 we can reflect on the joys and sorrows on the previous year. Although I have always enjoyed serving as your Tribal Chairman, 2013 was a particularly good and prosperous year for the Nation and I cherish each moment serving the Potawatomi more and more. We have big plans for 2014 and I expect that we will see...

  • Healthy habits: Tips for jumpstarting your New Year’s resolution to lose weight

    12/31/2013

    Many of us will make the promise to slim down during 2014, but where do we start? CPN Fitness Center fitness trainer Sarah Lawrence offers some tips to make that resolution a reality. What are some good exercises for beginners trying to lost weight?  Walking is a great exercise. If you have bad knees or hips, sitting in a chair and air boxing is a great cardio exercise. The most important thing is to increase your movement.  For example, if you are going to an appointment that is on the...

  • CPN Dental Clinic completes construction

    12/30/2013

    Visitors to the CPN’s South Clinic in recent months will have noticed the construction tarps and temporary drywall most recently adorning the Dental Clinic have been replaced by a newly refurbished office space. Featuring a staff of three full time dentists, two part time dentists, two dental hygienists, three dental assistants and two front office staff, CPN’s Dental Services are ramping up production to meet an overwhelming demand. Currently the clinic serves approximately 500 patients per...

  • Employee Spotlight: CPN Eagle Aviary

    12/27/2013

    Many of you have been following Wadase as we track her journey back into the wild. Those updates, and the care for other CPN eagles, are provided by CPN Eagle Aviary manager Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham. Here’s a look at how each of those ladies ended up on this particular career path.Jennifer and Bree both began training to take care of eagles in 2007. Their training consisted of online classes with the IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Center) and the NWRA (National Wildlife...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation and employees contribute $60,000 to United Way of Pottawatomie County

    12/26/2013

    The United Way of Pottawatomie County will be able to continue funding for approximately 20 partner agencies in and around Pottawatomie County thanks to the generosity of Citizen Potawatomi Nation and its employees. The United Way of Pottawatomie County received more than $60,000 in employee contributions and the tribe in 2013. “We really appreciate the support of CPN and its employees,” said Audrey Seeliger, director, United Way of Pottawatomie County. “These generous contributions allow us...

  • CPN employee food donation feeds hundreds

    12/23/2013

    Employees of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation set off in November collecting food stuffs and canned goods for the tribe’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food drive. Under the direction of the Employment and Training Department, employees from the tribe’s numerous departments and enterprises competed against one another in gathering the heaviest and most numerous donations. “These donations are important because sometimes, we all get lost in the shuffle of everyday life and forget that there...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation and its employees contribute $60,000 to United Way

    12/20/2013

    The United Way of Pottawatomie County will be able to continue funding for approximately 20 partner agencies in and around Pottawatomie County thanks to the generosity of Citizen Potawatomi Nation and its employees. The United Way of Pottawatomie County received more than $60,000 in employee contributions and the tribe in 2013.“We really appreciate the support of CPN and its employees,” said Audrey Seeliger, director, United Way of Pottawatomie County. “These generous contributions allow us...

  • CPCDC’s Shane Jett selected for Citi Leadership Program

    12/19/2013

    Shane D. Jett, Executive Director at Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC) was chosen from more than 120 applicants nationwide to participate in the 2014 Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance. The ten month program, which begins in January, is sponsored by the Opportunity Finance Network and the Citi Foundation. "I am delighted to be selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said Jett. “Networking with other successful CDFIs and exchanging ideas...

  • CPN Police Department swears in six new officers

    12/18/2013

    In an early morning ceremony at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court, Judge Phil Lujan swore in six new police officers that join the force with immediate effect. The additions of officers David Earls, Steve Saxton, John Turner, Matt Mclain, Raymond Joiner and Brent Stringer bring the force’s total strength to 26. “These six will be assets to the tribe, both in the service they perform and in the professionalism they bring as officers of the law,” Police Chief Dr. Jim Collard told the...

  • Segnak--The Warrior History Lost

    12/16/2013

    Segnak the Younger (Blackbird) is a name that carries both admiration and infamy throughout the annals of history. Bestowed a warrior’s heritage, Blackbird was the son of Segnak the Elder, Milwaukee headman known for his military and diplomatic coups during the War of 1812, American Revolution and early Northwest Indian Wars. Adhering to his lineage and fulfilling his own legacy, Segnak the Younger allied with the esteem Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa “The Prophet,”...

  • Taking a look at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center Archives

    12/13/2013

    Not every piece of history obtained by the CPN Cultural Heritage Center can make it on to the museum floor. A medicinal journal which belonged to Joseph Napoleon Boursassa is one such item. The journal, obtained from Boursassa descendent Elizabeth Hancock, was brought in during the Family Reunion Festival along with other ledgers from the prominent Potawatomi.Boursassa was an original member of the Business Committee and was instrumental to negotiating the Treaty of 1861. “Joseph Boursassa...

  • Potawatomi Success Stories - December 2013

    12/12/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation members have had many accomplishments and earned distinctions in academic, athletic and artistic fields over the past few months. Here are just a few of their success stories. If you have someone whose accomplishments deserve recognition, please email hownikan@potawatomi.org. Dakota Hagan is a senior at Blackwell (Okla.) High School and was placed 3rd in his weight division at the 2013 Okla. High School Wrestling Championships. He was named to the First Team of the...

  • Village Exhibit provides look at Potawatomi past

    12/11/2013

    The Village Exhibit at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center provides museum guests with a glimpse of Potawatomi culture. The exhibit features the daily life of Potawatomi before we were removed from the Great Lakes region. “Being so far removed from the Great Lakes, many are unaware of traditional Potawatomi ways of life,” said curator Blake Norton. “From home construction and agricultural practices to seasonal and spiritual activities, we feel that our village exhibit...

  • CPN Veterans Report - December 2013

    12/10/2013

    Bozho,Should Americans be concerned about the budget cuts in our nation’s military? “You better hope we never have a war again,” said the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif.What does the Pentagon mean by “ready”? They say it means the armed forces’ ability to get the job done based on the number of people and having the equipment and the training needed to carry out assigned missions.An Army brigade, 4,500 members, is considered ready when it is fully manned and...

  • Winter Story - Pondese

    12/9/2013

    An old man was sitting in his lodge by the side of a frozen stream. His appearance was very worn and frayed, for it was the close of winter and his fire was almost out. His locks were white with age and he trembled in every joint. He sat in solitude as the days passed, the only sound was of newly falling snow outside. One day, as his fire was dying, a beautiful young woman approached. Her cheeks were red, her eyes sparkled with animation, and a smile played across her lips. Her steps were...

  • CPN member was first Native American woman in U.S.M.C. Women’s Reserve

    12/6/2013

    As the country first entered WWII, the United States Marine Corps remained a small fighting force in comparison to its Naval and Army counterparts. At the decisive Battle of Guadalcanal the Marines suffered an extremely high casualty rate. Knowing he faced future battles that would be at least as bloody as Guadalcanal, USMC Major General Thomas Holcomb reevaluated the role of women in the Marine Corps in hopes of freeing more men up for front line duty. Public law 689, signed in July 1942...

  • CPN member playing the lead on the stage and in the classroom

    12/5/2013

    The following article is a reprint of an October 22, 2013 piece in the Penn State News. The original article can be found at http://news.psu.edu/story/292291/2013/10/22/academics/playing-lead-stage-and-classroom. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andrew Adamietz, a College of Education senior studying secondary education, played the lead in a community theater production of “Les Miserables” this summer. In the process, Adamietz obtained a confidence-boosting experience full of learning and teaching that would...

  • CPN secures federal funds for mineral development, water resources plan and Transit Program

    12/4/2013

    In their ongoing efforts at developing the tribe’s commercial and mineral resources, the CPN Office of Self-Governance and the Office of Economic Development secured federal grants for the upcoming fiscal year. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Transit Program will also continue its mission of providing transportation for the local community through the use of federal grant funds.The Office of Economic Development secured more than $300,000 in funding for the third and final year of its...

  • Potawatomi homeowners have options when buying a home

    12/3/2013

    In December the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Housing Department reached a 14 year milestone with its One Time Grant program. This program has evolved and improved over the course of time, and has assisted hundreds of CPN Tribal Members with funds for their down payment or closing costs, associated with the purchase, building or refinancing of a home.In addition to assisting individual tribal members with this program, we would also like to see the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s First National...

  • CPN to open two new entertainment venues

    12/2/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is adding another chapter to the storied Oklahoma music history, opening two new entertainment venues. The Grand Event Center at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort will open in December and Firelake Arena in Shawnee will open in January.   Rodney Carrington will be the first to perform at Grand Event Center with performances scheduled for Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. The shows begin at 7 p.m. and tickets, on sale now, start at $40. Other upcoming acts at The Grand Event Center...

  • CPN represented at 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference

    11/27/2013

    On November 13, 2013, representatives from a majority of the 566 federally-recognized Tribal nations assembled in the U.S. Department of the Interior amphitheater in Washington, D.C. as guests of President Barack Obama for the White House Tribal Nations Conference.  I represented the Citizen Potawatomi Nation at the event and am sharing this brief report with you.  This was the fifth year the President has held the conference and my second as a participant.  More members of the Cabinet...

  • Secretary Jewell Signs Historic Agreement with Citizen Potawatomi Nation

    11/25/2013

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today joined Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John Barrett to formally approve tribal leasing regulations that will help spur investment and commercial development on the nation’s trust lands in central Oklahoma. “The Citizen Potawatomi Nation now has the authority to decide how it wants to do business on its lands, making it easier for families to do things like buy and build houses or open...

  • Larger numbers than expected turn out for inaugural Potawatomi Bee

    11/25/2013

    Conceived as a platform for language students at the CPN Child Development Center  to demonstrate their knowledge in public, the first ever Potawatomi Bee was held at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center. “We wanted to allow our students a platform to present their Potawatomi language skills to their parents and tribal members,” explained Potawatomi Language Instructor Randy Schlachtun. “Our students typically win awards at Native American language competitions, but many...

  • Hope for the Holidays

    11/22/2013

    Having time off from work for the holidays means abusers and victims spend more time together, increasing the likelihood that abuse will occur. Many times victims may want to flee the situation but instead choose to stay, wondering how they would provide for the children and not wanting to break the family apart during the holidays. It is important to remember that domestic violence is any abusive behavior that allows one intimate partner to maintain control over another. An example of this...

  • Potawatomi regalia a mix of tradition and personality

    11/21/2013

    The vibrant colors and patterns seen on regalia at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Reunion Festival often influence spectators to look into creating their own regalia and sparks an interest in dancing. Although June is many months away, it is time to start thinking about regalia for the annual Family Festival. “Now is the time to start working on your regalia for Festival,” said Kelli Mosteller, Director of the Cultural Heritage Center. “You likely won’t have a full set by June, but you...

  • Meet your Legislator: District 1's Roy Slavin

    11/20/2013

      One of the eldest representatives on the Citizen Potawatomi Legislature, Kansas City, Missouri’s Roy Slavin has seen the vast changes Native Americans have gone through over the past century. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Slavin has served as the District 1 representative since the August 2007 revision of the CPN Constitution, which created the current Legislature. Though he had long been affiliated with the tribe and its activities, he saw the opportunity to serve the tribe in which his...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 25th year

    11/19/2013

    The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has recognized Citizen Potawatomi Nation for excellence in accounting and financial reporting. The award for fiscal year 2012 recognizes the tribe’s adherence to financial transparency and full accountability of the CPN financial resources. “This award confirms that we’re taking good care of CPN’s money and meeting the highest financial reporting standards,” said Chairman John Barrett. “Our tribal citizens can remain...

  • P.L.A.C.E. adds Kyle Miller as Academic Support Specialist

    11/18/2013

    According to the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA), approximately 28 percent of the 273 delinquent youth in Pottawatomie County, Okla. were Native American. In the county’s two major cities, Shawnee and Tecumseh, 39 and 33 percent of their delinquent populations respectively, were Native American. The dropout rate for this demographic is 32 percent nationally, a bleak figure in a county that is home to tribes such as the Iowa, Sac and Fox, Absentee Shawnee, Kickapoo and Citizen...

  • What is WIC?

    11/14/2013

    With the recent government shutdown affecting government programs, many local residents remained unsure of the impact on services they use daily. One of the most prominent and misunderstood of these programs is Women, Infants and Children (WIC). To get a better idea of what exactly WIC provides to the local community, Director Shelly Schneider spoke with the Hownikan about Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s WIC Program, its mission and why despite many misconceptions, it is a worthwhile and...

  • FireLodge Youth Program and other CPN employees presents the real world at Junior Achievement Day

    11/13/2013

    Volunteers from the staff of the FireLodge Youth Program and other CPN enterprises and departments recently participated in Junior Achievement Day at Shawnee Public Schools in an effort to promote positive practices by youth in their personal and financial decisions. Program Coordinator BJ Trousdale and CPN Community Resource Officer Kandi Cumbie spoke with 7th and 8th grade students at Shawnee Middle School along with other FireLodge Youth Program staff Michael Logan, Kyle Miller and Kyle...

  • CPN Pediatrcian Dr. Adediji looks after the tribe's youngest members

    11/12/2013

    Often the most vulnerable population to disease and injury are the youngest tribal members, whose care is in the hands of the pediatric staff of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services. Now entering her second year as part of that staff is Dr. Fausat Adediji, who is the pediatrician at the CPN West Health Clinic. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Dr. Adediji spent part of her formative years living in New York. Her father, an aircraft maintenance engineer for Nigerian Airways, was stationed in...

  • CPN Vets on Veterans Day

    11/11/2013

    In honor of Veterans Day, we have spoken with a few members of the Citizen Potawatomi Veterans’ Organization, who kindly shared their experiences in service of our country. While these responses reflect a small number of CPN Veterans, former members of the armed forces are encouraged to get into contact with the CPN Cultural Heritage Center and the CPN Veterans Organization. Collections Manager Stacy Coon continues to collect photos and names of those members who have served in the military...

  • Colder months mean crafting

    11/8/2013

    With the colder and darker months upon us, some may get the urge to craft. The Potawatomi traditionally spent a lot of time inside, repairing household items as well as making clothing and and other items necessary for survival during the winter months when it was too cold for outdoor activities. Though they started out of necessity, elements of these activities continue today as a form of entertainment and a reason for social gatherings. “During the early years in Indian Territory, we had to...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation awarded grant to establish Potawatomi Cultural Mentorship Program

    11/7/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation was awarded $367,469 by the Administration for Native Americans to establish a new cultural mentorship program. The Cultural Mentorship Program will be directed toward tribal youth ages 12-17 years old in Pottawatomie County. Youth will receive instruction on traditional Native American culture and Native teachings that will empower them to combat peer pressure, bullying, and other risk behaviors that lead to delinquency. “This project will result in a positive...

  • An Unsettling Legacy: The War of 1812 and the Removal Treaties of the 1830s

    11/6/2013

    In early September 1838, General Tipton called for a council at Menominee’s village near Twin Lakes in Indiana to discuss the issue of removal with tribal leaders.  General Tipton had been assigned the task of removing the state’s remaining Potawatomi population by Governor David Wallace who believed the Potawatomi couldn’t live alongside a more “civilized” American population.On the morning of September 4, 1838, a band of 859 Potawatomi, with their leaders restrained in the back of a wagon,...

  • Oklahoma Baptist University and Citizen Potawatomi Nation sign MBA agreement

    11/5/2013

    Oklahoma Baptist University President David Whitlock and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman John Barrett signed a collaborative agreement between the two organizations to provide a corporate online MBA program for the CPN to offer to its members, employees and constituents. The first year of participants has been selected, but stay tuned for application information. Pictured are (seated from left) Linda Capps, CPN Vice Chairman; John Barrett, Tribal Chairman; Whitlock; Stand Norman,...

  • Grand Casino Hotel and Resort adding more than 100 jobs

    11/4/2013

    Grand Casino Hotel and Resort will add more than 100  jobs to staff additional dining and entertainment options opening at the resort in November.  The job fair will be November 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort event center. “We’re excited that our new amenities will be opening soon and we’re even more excited to provide another 150 jobs in central Oklahoma,” said Steve Degraffenreid, General Manager, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort. “We’re looking for the best...

  • Culture is Prevention

    11/1/2013

    By Michael Logan, Tribal Youth Prevention SpecialistAs you probably already know, November is Native American Heritage Month. What you may not have known is that research shows a strong cultural identification makes Native American youth less vulnerable to risk factors such as drug use and alcohol consumption and more able to benefit from protective factors than youth who lack this identification. Substance abuse impacts young Native people extremely, and threatens the health, vitality and...

  • Loretta Barrett Oden & Mary Ann Powell Recognized at 5th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors

    10/31/2013

    Two Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Members have been honored by AARP for their work in Native communities. Loretta Barratt Oden and Mary Ann Powell were recognized as AARP Oklahoma Indian Elders. AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons said this event, which has grown into the largest celebration of older Native Americans in the state, is a tribute to the venerated position of honor and respect tribal nations give to their elders.“Though they come from different backgrounds and...

  • 2014 Tribal election notice

    10/30/2013

    Tribal election season is underway again as Citizen Potawatomi Nation voters get set to elect candidates for Vice Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer and four members of the Legislature. District 5,6,7 and 8 are all on the ballot for the election which will take place at the Family Reunion Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma in late June 2014.Candidates for Vice Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer must live in Oklahoma, while those seeking legislative seats must live within their respective districts....

  • Boursaw to speak on CPN history for Native American Heritage Month

    10/29/2013

    In celebration of the start of Native American Heritage Month and National Bison Day, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will host a celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at 315 S. Third St. in Manhattan, Kansas. At 1 p.m., special guest, Jon Boursaw, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Legislative Representative for District 4, will speak about the history of the Nation. Visitors can participate in a variety of fun, educational events and themed arts and crafts projects for...

  • Willis and Weatherford honored for fight against domestic violence

    10/25/2013

    Two CPN employees were honored at an awards ceremony at the Pottawatomie County Courthouse for their services to domestic violence victims in Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties. Kimberly Willis, a case manager for the CPN Family Violence Program, and Officer Brittany Weatherford of the Citizen Potawatomi Police Department were both recognized by the Coordinated Community Response Team for their work over the past year. Oklahoma State Senator Ron Sharp opened proceedings with remarks in the county...

  • Employee Spotlight: Cheryl Richardson

    10/25/2013

    Cheryl Richardson weighs an infant at the WIC office in Shawnee. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Women, Infants, & Children program provides supplemental nutritious foods, health and nutrition education, referrals, and nutrition and breastfeeding counseling for more than 1,200 participants at its three permanent clinic sites and three mobile satellite sites in central Oklahoma. Heading up nutrition and breastfeeding education is Cheryl Richardson, who has worked for CPN for more than 25 years....

  • Wadase Eagle update - October 2013

    10/24/2013

    In the quiet of the aviary pasture, the cottonwood trees just behind the wigwam frames are stirred by a soft breeze, creating a familiar chorus like that of a running stream, as the sun starts its descent into the night sky. Wadase Zhabwe is silhouetted against last rays of light as she looks down from her lofty perch at the young bucks playfully challenging each other. The sound of their antlers rattling together breaks into the evening’s quiet melody and she stretches, tucking one foot up...

  • Water Grant Update

    10/22/2013

    Through a grant from Administration of Native Americans (ANA), Citizen Potawatomi Nation is conducting a three year comprehensive water study.  Partnering with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), extensive water quality and quantity tests have been conducted throughout the original 900 square mile of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation reservation land.  Understanding our water resources is critical to effective and sustainable economic development.  October marks the beginning of the third...

  • CPN Cultural Heritage Center receives Historic Preservation Grant

    10/21/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center received $49,720 from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants Division. The grant will be used to retrofit the Long Room and the museum floor with LED lights and to offer other museums guidance and information on the benefits of LED lights for exhibits.“We’re thankful to the National Park Service for this award,” said Kelli Mosteller, director, Cultural Heritage Center. “These lights are better for collections objects, will...

  • Cindy Peltier, survivor, helps manage CPN Diabetes Program

    10/17/2013

    Native Americans have the highest risk for diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups, making prevention programs a necessity. The Citizen Potawatomi Program, Beginning Education About Diabetes (BEAD), helps tribal citizens manage the diseases and take control of their lives. Cindy Peltier is responsible for the program, but it took a hurricane to get her here. Peltier joined the Citizen Potawatomi Nation eight years ago after she was forced to evacuate from Louisiana during Hurricane...

  • Potawatomi Cornerstone - Mark Mars

    10/16/2013

    Bozho Nican,Welcome to another edition of the Potawatomi Cornerstone. I missed last month’s deadline due to the number of Fall semester scholarships our department was taking care of. We are expected to top 1,600 applications. The number of college bound students continues to rise. Congratulations.This edition welcomes Mark Mars, whose linage is traced back to the Peltier family. His great grandmother was Clarissa [Peltier] Mars. Mark has worked for the CPN since 2001.  His current position is...

  • CPN fields provide positive yields in 2013

    10/15/2013

    The commercial interests managed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation vary from grocery stores, banks and even an eagle aviary. One enterprise seen by many who travel to the tribal headquarters in Shawnee, Okla. is the agricultural production from the fields falling under CPN management. Since mid-2010, the tribe has partnered with McKinley Farms, a local operation who oversees the day-to-day management of the tribe’s farm properties. This land is used to produce wheat, corn, soybeans and graze...

  • The Bourbonnais Cabin

    10/14/2013

    Just off the north edge of the FireLake Golf Course’s driving range, near the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, sits a log cabin that looks as if it has appeared straight out of an old Western movie. Built in 1881,outside of what was then called Shawneetown, the cabin was first owned by store owner and trader Louis Tyner at the site of the present day St. Anthony’s Center for Rehabilitation on the Western side of Gordon Cooper Avenue. A year later, one of four Potawatomi...

  • Starla Griffith: Helping manage CPN's Health Clinics

    10/10/2013

    With a pharmacy, dental clinic, Behavioral Health, and medical lab, the East health clinic of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is more than a simple doctor’s office and waiting room. Conducting around 1,700 medical appointments each month, the healthcare staff works full time in serving members of Native American tribes.  Heading up the staff of the East Clinic in its day-to-day tasks is Clinic Manager, Starla Griffith.Griffith was raised in Bethel Acres, Okla. a small community just outside the...

  • Tribal Governance and THPO secure Historic Preservation Grant

    10/9/2013

    In its ongoing work to preserve the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s historical sites and artifacts, the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) has secured a federal grant from the National Parks Service to survey sites formerly or currently held by members of the tribe. Over the next year, CPN plans to survey 12 individual properties with a total area of 80 acres. “When we get a request for property review, I research for any prior use of the property,” said Jeremy Arnette, Assistant Tribal...

  • CPN secures rail tug for Iron Horse Industrial Park

    10/8/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation recently secured a rail yard tug for the Iron Horse Industrial Park internal track system, another sign of progress for the CPN-owned project. Like its waterborne counterpart, a rail yard tug is used to move rail cars to and from the depots and warehouses that will be based at Iron Horse. Locomotives running on the Arkansas-Oklahoma (A-OK) rail lines will pull into the yard, where the tug’s duty is to move freight cars to them where they will be attached and then...

  • Family Preservation Unit works to keep Native American families together

    10/7/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s $522 million economic impact is just one aspect of the tribe’s role in the community. Equally important are the social services provided for local residents and Potawatomi around the country. Employees like Jackie Davis of the Family Preservation program play a key role in the lives of tribal families in need.Davis, a former school teacher and advocacy specialist at the Oklahoma Education Association, works in CPN’s FireLodge Children and Family Services...

  • 2013 Trail of Death Caravan concludes with Brownback proclamation

    10/4/2013

    After more than a week of driving from Indiana to Kansas, the 2013 Potawatomi Trail of Death Caravan concluded its journey at the old Sugar Creek mission in Linn County, Kans. on September 29. The site, now called St. Rose Philipine Duschesne Historical and Memorial Park, hosted local residents of Linn County as well as the caravan’s participants, most of whom were Citizen Potawatomi members from across the Midwest. One notable attendee was Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, who grew up on a farm...

  • CPN Community Development Financial Institution receives funds from Treasury

    10/3/2013

    Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities throughout the United States will receive much-needed economic and community development assistance as a result of the $12.4 million in Native American CDFI Assistance Program awards. CPN CDFI was awarded a $750,000 Financial Assistance award through the Native American CDFI Assistance Program. Only 35 organizations nationwide received these awards. Winning a Financial Assistance award provides the Native CDFI with critically...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation to host free family fun day Oct. 26

    10/2/2013

    Gather the family for an afternoon of free entertainment, games and education. Citizen Potawatomi Nation will host a family fun day Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival Grounds inside the north and south reunion halls. “We are excited to provide a fun afternoon for children and families in our community,” said Amanda Chapman, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “Families are encouraged to come and enjoy the free food,...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation launches online store

    10/1/2013

    Shopping for Native American and Potawatomi merchandise will be easier and more accessible thanks to the launch of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation online gift shop. The website, http://giftshop.potawatomi.org/, will be an online destination for Native American merchandise including apparel, art, books, gifts and jewelry. “This website will allow us to offer Native American and Potawatomi merchandise to our tribal members and those interested in Native American merchandise throughout the...

  • Tribal member Jaron Brandon leads UC Merced as student body President

    9/30/2013

    In District 7, which encompasses northern California, Nevada and Hawaii, CPN member Jaron Brandon is set to take a leadership role like many Potawatomi before him. Starting this fall, Brandon will serve as the elected representative of the student body at his college, the University of California Merced. A descendent of the Vieux family on his father’s side of the family, Jaron’s great-grandparents Archie and Jewel Blain were from Shawnee, Okla. In 1950, Jewell, and her three daughters...

  • Healthy Tips to Get You Through Football Season

    9/27/2013

    Football season is in full swing! Hopefully your team didn’t let you down last weekend with the start of the regular season. If your team lost and you feel crushed, try to be optimistic in the following weeks. Isn’t that part of the thrill of it all? The ups and the downs. The close ones and the not so close ones. The anticipation of the next week, heck the next play! Yes, football season brings fun and excitement that both are beyond words but it also brings sitting and food, as a matter of...

  • Oklahoma Good Sam Club members donate toys for tribal children

    9/26/2013

    Members of the Oklahoma chapter of the Good Sam RV Club donated a large assortment of toys to Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s FireLodge Youth and Family Services. “Shawnee and CPN have given us so much,” said Kenneth Griffin, Assistant Director of the Good Sam Club. “We just wanted to return the favor. Our members got these gifts together and we know they’ll be appreciated by the kids served by FireLodge.” The Good Sam Club is an international organization of recreational vehicle owners. Its...

  • CPN's Lakota Pochedley finds her way in Native American education

    9/25/2013

    Exploring the history and identity of Native American culture has become increasingly prominent since the 1975 passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. As Native people were given expanded rights to determine their own path, academic studies focusing on the identity and its effects of present day policies have come to the fore. Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Lakota Pochedley studies such topics in hopes of one day helping shape Native American education for the...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Amateur Athletic Union host First Nations Competitive Games

    9/24/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Amateur Athletic Union are teaming up to host the First Nations Competitive Games November 2. The Games will include softball and baseball and are open to all enrolled citizens of Oklahoma tribes. Participants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe in Oklahoma, 12-15 years old and a member of AAU. Athletes are asked to RSVO for the tournaments by Oct. 11 to Tracy Peltier at tpeltier@potawatomi.org or 405-275-3121 ext. 1454. Registration for AAU will be...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation received $324,300 Indian Health Services Grant

    9/23/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation received $324,300 from the Department of Human and Health Services-Indian Health Services to continue a special healthy heart program. The program began in 2009 and serves numerous Native Americans annually.The Healthy Heart Initiative works to reduce cardiovascular risks in patients who have a high risk of the disease. Participants are encouraged to meet with a dietician, a personal trainer and attend educational meetings on a monthly basis. “We are pleased that...

  • CPN Police Department commends Officer Russell Ross, promotes Chris Berry to sergeant

    9/20/2013

      Chief of Police Jim Collard presented awards for meritorious service to two members of the Citizen Potawatomi Police Department before assembled guests at the tribal court in Shawnee, Okla. Citizen Potawatomi Nation Officers Russell Ross and Chris Berry were recognized for their professionalism and dedication in the field of law enforcement. Ross was awarded a letter of commendation by Chief Jim Collard for his apprehension of two suspects in a stolen vehicle, while Berry was promoted to...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation opens Convenience Store and Smoke Shop

    9/19/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation opened a new convenience store, FireLake Corner Store, at the intersection of Hardesty Road and Gordon Cooper Drive.“We’re excited to open this new, larger facility to provide our customers with even more space , products and the same fast and excellent customer service,” said Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John Barrett. “This location will allow easier access to the store so we can expand our product selection. We look forward to your shopping with us.” The...

  • Annual car show returns to FireLake Casino September 21

    9/18/2013

    Time to shine the wheels, wax the hoods and register your cars, trucks and motorcycles for the upcoming Car Show at FireLake Casino on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.“The car show is a favorite for car enthusiast and we usually have about 100 entries,” said Chad Mathews, FireLake Casino. “We are looking forward to seeing all the cars, trucks and motorcycles this show has to offer. It’s a great event to come check out several types of vehicles.” The show has more than 20 categories, which...

  • CPN Legislative Update - August 29

    9/17/2013

    A number of new business topics were addressed by the Citizen Potawatomi Legislature during its August 29 meeting. The Legislature passed of the tribal budgets for the fiscal year 2014 and Gary Bourbonnais was once again confirmed as the head of the Election Committee.  New board members were also appointed to the Election Committee.Legislators also passed two separate resolutions enrolling 212 applicants as new members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and resolutions were approved on...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Court available for all Native Americans

    9/13/2013

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

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation receives Business Partner of the Year Award

    9/12/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation was honored with the Business Partner of the Year award from Salvation Army Shawnee for the year 2012. The award was presented to CPN at the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.“When I first came here I was blown away by the involvement of CPN,” said LT. Phillip Canning, Salvation Army Shawnee. “They are involved in numerous ways, either by volunteering or donating items and even donating funds. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and we thank them for...

  • Rural Water District #3 to install major water line

    9/11/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Rural Water District 3 will soon install 11 miles of eight inch water line in western Pottawatomie County. This line will provide service to new RWD3 customers along its route and, most importantly, it will connect the Dale Water Plant to the original distribution territory of RWD3, which is served by the water treatment plant near Macomb. This will provide an important back-up water source to the customers served by both of the facilities.“This new line will not only allow us to...

  • FireLake hosts PBA Southwest Regional Tournament

    9/10/2013

    Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas took the inaugural PBA Southwest Region Players Invitational over the weekend at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Barnes, one of the top bowlers on the Professional Bowling Association’s (PBA) national tour finished ahead of Tulsa-native Mike Edwards. In August 2012, the PBA unveiled a new format for championships in the country’s six regions. Players must qualify among the top-48 in the region’s season long points race. The winners of each...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Program Receives Accreditation

    9/9/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s clinics, after a review from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, have received zero deficiencies for its health care programs and earned accreditation. The audits, self-imposed by health providers, seek to identify areas of their services that need improvement. “We are very pleased with the hard work and dedication of our employees of CPN Health Programs,” said CPN Chairman John Barrett. “This accreditation and audit show that we are...

  • CPN The P.L.A.C.E kicks off fall semester

    9/5/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Youth Program is kicking off the annual afterschool club, The P.L.A.C.E. The Potawatomi Learning and Cultural Exchange program is offered for three quarters during the school year. The first quarter began in September and runs through Thanksgiving and the second quarter begins in December. “All local youth between the ages of twelve and seventeen, or seniors in high school, living in the Shawnee area are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible,” said...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Child Development Center begins preschool classes

    9/5/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Child Development Center began two preschool programs for children three years old and an advanced preschool program for four year olds. “Children in our preschool class are taught by highly educated teachers who plan curriculum and activities around a weekly theme,” said Donnette Littlehead, director, CPN Child Development center. “We have teachers on staff that provides daily music and movement classes as well as our new physical education class. We are very...

  • Youth bowling scholarships available to offset some college costs

    9/4/2013

      With the price of a college education rising each year, the need for future students to find funding is as important as taking the ACT. Athletic and academic scholarships are well-known ways of getting this added financial assistance. For youth around the country, another form of academic assistance is available via the sport of bowling. Through the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC), more than $6 million in scholarship money is available each year for participating in youth bowling events. “It’s an...

  • Meet your legislator: District 5's Gene Lambert

    9/3/2013

      Describing why she decided to serve in the CPN government, as a regional director and as current system as District 5 legislator, Arizona’s Gene Lambert says “It’s like the knowing when you hear something right. When you know, you know.”Like her counterparts in the CPN Legislature, Lambert is enthusiastic about her work with the tribe. Originally from San Jose, Calif., Lambert grew up in the state’s agricultural heartland in the San Joaquin Valley. Her father, Charles Edward Lambert, was a...

  • CPN Eagle Has surgery at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

    8/30/2013

    By Derinda D. Blakeney, APR, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health SciencesIt is majestic.  A national symbol of pride, the bald eagle sits atop the food chain and is something to behold. OSU’s Avian, Exotic and Zoo Medicine Services had the pleasure of treating not one, but two bald eagles from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary.Gracie, a 12-year-old female, came in with a growth under the third toe on her left foot.“It grew in less than a week,” says Jennifer...

  • Gathering Experience

    8/30/2013

    Bozho n’Nikanek! – Greeting my friends! The 2013 Gathering of the Potawatomi Nations is a celebration of language, culture, tradition, family, reconnecting with tribal members, food, and much more. It is a gathering to share experiences, knowledge, exchange of ideas, and make new friends and connections This year’s annual gathering was hosted by the proud and progressive Pokegnek Bodewadmik - Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in Dowagiac, Michigan. The Pokagon Band became federally reaffirmed...

  • Potawatomi success stories

    8/29/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation members have had many accomplishments and earned distinctions in academic, athletic and artistic fields over the past few months. Here are just a few of their success stories. If you have someone whose accomplishments deserve recognition, please email hownikan@potawatomi.org. The son of Kimberly Holloway and Daniel Holloway, Isaac Eichelberger was selected to the first chair, alto saxophone for the Central Oklahoma Director’s Association. He has been playing for...

  • An Eyewitness Report from the Gathering of Nations 2013

    8/29/2013

    The annual Gathering of Nations reunites the nine Potawatomi Nations / Bands as one Potawatomi Tribe. Each year a different nation hosts the Gathering. The 2013 Gathering of Nations was hosted by the Pokagon Band near Dowagiac, Michigan on land that was purchased in 1833 by Chief Pokagon to insure a place from which Potawatomi could not be removed. My first foray into the Potawatomi experience (besides reading the How-Ni-Kan) began in 2010 when I started attending Family Reunion Festival in...

  • Director of Health Services Tim Tall Chief

    8/28/2013

    Whether it’s a routine dental appointment or assistance in planning dietary needs for elderly tribal members, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s health services are a vital amenity for many. Overseeing the extensive network of tribal clinics and wellness services is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Health Services Director Tim Tall Chief. The son of a former Principal Chief the Osage Nation, Tall Chief has held the position for more than two years. Raised in Edmond, Okla., Tall Chief is a...

  • Meet your legisator: District 13's Bobbi Bowden

    8/27/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s 16-person legislature covers the entire United States of America, with districts 1-8 encompassing the states outside of Oklahoma. One of the five Oklahoma-based representatives, Bobbi Bowden, has served the tribe for more than four years as the District 13 representative. A Choctaw, Okla. native, the Trombla family descendent still lives in her hometown and is an alumni of University of Oklahoma, where she focused on a degree in finance. The years of study in...

  • Tribal Youth Program secures education funding grant

    8/23/2013

    In its ongoing efforts to serve youth in the areas surrounding tribal headquarters in Shawnee, Okla., the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has recently been approved expand an after school tutoring program for Native American youth. According to Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA), approximately 28 percent of the 273 delinquent youth in Pottawatomie County were Native American. In the county’s two major cities, Shawnee and Tecumseh, 39 and 33 percent respectively of their delinquent...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation donates bus to OBU athletic department

    8/22/2013

    Oklahoma Baptist University will take the football field on Aug. 31 for the first time since 1940, playing Southwestern College of Kansas. The new football program meant they needed a shuttle for OBU fans that will visit the campus this fall.“We offered to help by donating a 40-passenger bus to shuttle football fans from parking areas to the stadium,” said Brad Peltier, executive operations coordinator, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “With Oklahoma Baptist University's football season kicking off...

  • A-OK Railroad, Citizen Potawatomi Nation dedicate Iron Horse Bridge

    8/21/2013

    Officials from A-OK Railroad, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and United States Congressman James Lankford gathered to dedicate the Iron Horse Bridge and celebrate an important milestone in the construction of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Iron Horse Industrial Park.“We owe a debt of gratitude to several people for their help with this project,” said David Donoley, AOK Railroad. “It’s all about partnerships. A lot of people made this bridge possible and it belongs to a lot of people, but this...

  • Kansas Veterans Native American Health Fair to take place September 6

    8/20/2013

    For the past three weeks I have been involved in a combined effort on the part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the other four tribes in Kansas to reach out to all Native American veterans living in the state. I, along with Citizen Potawatomi Nation's partners, want to make them aware of what benefits are available to them and how they can obtain that care and services.  Don’t rely on old information or what your buddy told you. Get the facts! Come to the Health Fair and talk to the...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation honored by Harvard’s Kennedy School for American Indian Tribal Governance

    8/20/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation was one of three American Indian tribal government programs to be selected by the Harvard Project’s Honoring Nations program as All-Stars from the family of 112 outstanding programs that have been selected as honorees since 1999. The Honoring Nations program identifies, celebrates, and shares excellence in American Indian tribal governance. At the heart of Honoring Nations is the principle that tribes themselves hold the key to generating social, political, cultural,...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Officer receives Medal of Valor for rescue of OHP Pilot

    8/16/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation police officer Major Jody Opela received the Medal of Valor in appreciation of his assistance to Oklahoma Highway patrol Trooper Dennis Dickens after his OHP plane crashed on July 26. “I knew God was in control and that I had the support of many law enforcement officers on the ground taking care of Dennis,” said Bridgett Dickens, wife of Trooper Dennis Dickens. “That day you guys changed my life. I am so thankful that you didn’t stop or hesitate and that you saved my...

  • Scout, the chocolate lab of FireLake Golf Course

    8/14/2013

    In April, FireLake Golf Course welcomed new Superintendent Derron Day to the staff. Day, of Muskogee, Okla. joined FireLake after previously having served in the same position at Muskogee Country Club. “To step onto a golf green and recognize and diagnose a disease affecting its health is a science,” said FireLake Golf Course Director Chris Chesser. “We’ve known about Derron’s work at golf courses around Oklahoma. We know he’ll immediately begin making FireLake one of the state’s best public...

  • PLP Class of 2013 closes out summer program with presentations, reflections

    8/14/2013

        The 2013 Potawatomi Leadership Program (PLP) students completed their final requirements to conclude the summer’s internship. Program participants initially paired off to work on a joint project that focuses contributing to the tribe’s services or work. During the course of the program, they visit the different tribal departments and are encouraged to consider what they would to do to add to the tribe’s work and services. These ideas translate into their final projects, and along with a...

  • CPN hosts AAU First Nations golf tournament

    8/13/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Amateur Athletic Union teamed up to host the First Nations Competitive Games in August. Two groups of youth golfers teed off on Friday, August 1 at FireLake Golf Course in Shawnee, Okla. “We were happy to host the AAU First Nations golf tournament at FireLake Golf Course,” said CPN Vice Chairman Linda Capps. “We had participants from a number of the state’s well known tribes, and we look forward to expanding those numbers when we host again.” In the 12-13...

  • Cartographer Tom Miller maps the progress at Citizen Potawatomi Nation

    8/12/2013

      CPN’s overall economic growth during the past decade has been a catalyst in developing the tribe’s physical infrastructure. Before a single foundation is laid or rivet is driven, planners must assess a number of factors to begin construction. Prior to even that, learning about the surrounding property and topography is important in the tribe’s decision to purchase or oversee a new tract of land. In order to serve all these factors, CPN employs cartographer Tom Miller. Miller, originally...

  • FireLake Designs raises funds for Oklahoma storm recovery

    8/9/2013

    After two intense days of storms rocked central Oklahoma in late May and early June, media coverage drew the attention of people around the world to the plight of the state’s storm victims. The staff of Firelake Designs decided they could contribute to the relief effort in their own way. “My employees wanted to do something to make a difference during this desperate time of need. They approached me with the idea and I loved it. Darek Johns, my graphic artist, put the design together and we...

  • Self-Governance Office welcomes Tesia Zientek to staff

    8/8/2013

    In its mission to seek out funding for tribal services, the Office of Self Governance plays an important role in the financial stability needed to keep many of the tribe’s vital programs running. CPN recently welcomed a new Grants and Contracts Coordinator to the office, tribal member Tesia Zientek. A 2005 graduate of Bethel High School, the Weldfelt and Whitehead descendent went on to attend the University of Notre Dame. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, she spent two years...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member earns scholarships, awards showing cattle

    8/7/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Kody Silas starts his day early. Every morning at 6:30 a.m. Kody wakes up and goes to the barn to feed his cows. After that, he’s off to high school, then homework, then back out to the barn to wash and dry the cows. Kody Silas has done this same routine for years, and the hard work has been noticed.Recently, Kody won the Angus class division champion and the third best overall in Angus breed at the Oklahoma Youth Expo held at the fairgrounds in...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation conducting census of tribal members

    8/6/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation is conducting a census of tribal members in order to obtain contact information and demographic details. The census data will be used for future emergency response efforts and to provide details when applying to receive grant funds. “We had more than 310 households respond to the voluntary survey so far,” said Margaret Zientek. “We are very appreciative of members who allow us to have this information and it will be kept confidential.”The first part of the census is...

  • Housing Director Bob Carlile retires after more than 15 years of service

    8/2/2013

    Housing Director Bob Carlile retired in July after more than 15 years of service with Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Carlile joined CPN after working with the Sac and Fox Nation and the Cherokee Nation.“I won’t call this a retirement because that means we won’t see him again,” said Chairman John Barrett. “This is the second part of our friendship. Bob has left a lasting impression on this tribe. I truly appreciate everything you’ve done and you’ve done it with whit, grace, humor and style.”Bob...

  • CPN’s Shane Coker leads Asher High School Baseball back to winning tradition

    8/1/2013

    The storied baseball program at Asher High School is known throughout the state by many coaches, regardless of the size of their school. Its 46 state championships in fall and spring baseball are a total that will be difficult for any other program to recreate. This isn’t to mention its holding the state record of 60 consecutive state tournament appearances. Asher, which is nestled in south Potawatomie County at the very southern edge of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s jurisdiction, has been...

  • CPN Legislative Update

    7/31/2013

    Following the conclusion of the 2013 Family Festival, the Legislature of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation met with a watching audience of Potawatomi Leadership Program and other tribal members at the tribal headquarters in Shawnee. Resolutions were passed approving grant proposals to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One proposal related to funding for the tribe in relation to adherence to the Clean Water Act, while the second was a grant proposal for the agency’s Indian General...

  • Potawatomi Cornerstone - Carter Sampson

    7/30/2013

    Welcome to this month’s edition of the Potawatomi Cornerstone.  In this issue I would like to introduce Carter Sampson, whose ancestral family is the Greemores. If you read the last edition of the Hownikan you are already familiar with her tornado relief efforts in Pottawatomie County.  This article takes it a step further with her music career.   Like many of our tribal members, Carter’s roots are embedded in music. Having the late great Roy Orbison as a cousin this talent was bound to end...

  • Language Department travels to Potawatomi immersion camp

    7/29/2013

    From the July 15-19, CPN’s Language Department’s Justin Neely and Randy Schlachtun traveled to the Forest County Potawatomi reservation to take part in a series of language immersion classes. "We were able to speak Potawatomi and learn about the more complex forms of the language such as obviation so as to better help others in Oklahoma,” explained Neely. “We also were able to hear more of the language and participate in a number of cultural activities like making moccasins, drying corn,...

  • Wadase eagle update

    7/26/2013

    We have become accustomed to Wadase Zhabwe’s presence here on the aviary grounds. She has spent the majority of her time here or nearby since her return to the aviary on May 10th. We seem to have reached an arrangement that works for her. As long as she greets us for breakfast we work around wherever it is that she decides to hang out during the day and keep the property quiet and peaceful. She continues to amaze us as we learn so much from her as we watch her progress in her abilities as a...

  • Potawatomi Leadership Program welcomes 10 students for 2013 class: Part II

    7/25/2013

     The Potawatomi Leadership Program has been in place since 2003 and serves to educate young tribal members on CPN and give them workplace experience and knowledge for their college and future careers. The program is only open to enrolled tribal members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and is limited between 8 to 10 students. This year’s program began June 24 and ended on August 2, 2013. PLP students devote 6 weeks to work as interns at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation headquarters in Shawnee,...

  • Potawatomi Leadership Program welcomes 10 students for 2013 class: Part I

    7/24/2013

    The Potawatomi Leadership Program has been in place since 2003 and serves to educate young tribal members on CPN and give them workplace experience and knowledge for their college and future careers. The program is only open to enrolled tribal members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and is limited between 8 to 10 students.  This year’s program began June 24 and ended on August 2, 2013.  PLP students devote 6 weeks to work as interns at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation headquarters in Shawnee,...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Amateur Athletic Union host First Nations Competitive Games

    7/23/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Amateur Athletic Union are teaming up to host the First Nations Competitive Games August 2-4. The Games will include golf, softball and baseball and bowling. “We are excited to host the First Nations Competitive Games so that we can showcase the tremendous Native American talent we have in our state,” said Linda Capps, Vice-Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “We look forward to building our relationship with AAU and encouraging native youth to be active and...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation has $522 million economic impact in Oklahoma

    7/22/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has a $522 million economic impact in the State of Oklahoma for 2012. This economic impact includes $68 million in wages and benefits, directly supporting more than 2,000 jobs, and purchases contributing to a $377 million impact on the local economy.  “There is an old adage that ‘a rising tide raises all ships.’ The Citizen Potawatomi Nation plays a major role in the success of Pottawatomie County and the State of Oklahoma,” said John Barrett, Chairman, Citizen...

  • “Viva Las Vegas” in Shawnee at the EP Expo this weekend

    7/18/2013

    We’re kicking off the weekend with the “King of Rock and Roll” in Shawnee. Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and swing those hips over to Grand Casino Hotel and Resort for The EP Expo – The Premier Tribute Weekend to the King July 18-20. Elvis fans will have an opportunity to spend a weekend with the “King of Rock and Roll” and Elvis impersonators will have the chance to compete for cash prizes. Tickets for single shows start at $14.99 and three day packages start at $39.99. Tickets are on sale...

  • Grand Casino Hotel and Resort opens 262 room hotel

    7/18/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s newest resort and tourism destination is one step closer to being finished as the new 262 room hotel is now open and accepting reservations. The new hotel is a 14-story tower with 262 suites, adding a total of 144,000 square feet to the property. The hotel is designed with a strong influence by Frank Lloyd Wright, an innovative American architect known for a philosophy that he called organic architecture. “We are excited to open this phase of the property and look...

  • Potawatomi Constellation story – Why the bear has a short tail

    7/17/2013

    Long ago, the ancestor of today’s bears looked somewhat different from his modern day descendants; most notably he had a very long tail. One long winter, the bear was very hungry, and spent many hours fishing on a frozen lake with little success, having only caught three small fish. The fox, watching from some distance, approached the bear and said “I have a technique that can help you catch many more fish than that. You’ll be eating for days. If I show you how, all you have to do is give...

  • Meet your legislator - District 4's Jon Boursaw

    7/16/2013

    In District 4, Jon Boursaw won a close victory over Theresa Adame for the Kansas legislative seat. He has served the tribe before as the former Director of the Cultural Heritage Center, though this is his first term in the tribal legislature. “I am extremely honored that the CPN tribal members in District 4 have selected me to be their representative to the CPN Legislature,” commented Boursaw. “I sincerely want to thank all of those who voted for me and offer a particular thank you to those...

  • Potawatomi author Phil Quinn

    7/12/2013

    CPN member Phil Quinn has been writing from a young age, a skill he initially took up as a positive means to deal with his upbringing. The Bourassa family descendent has been writing books for over three decades now, and is now a nationally recognized advocate of child protection movement. He holds BA in English with a minor in Psychology from California State College, an MA of Divinity from the Theological Seminary of the Southwest and a PhD. in Pastoral Counseling from Vanderbilt...

  • CPN Cultural Heritage Center archivist honored by Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums

    7/12/2013

    Blake Norton, archivist and curator for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center was recently recognized by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums with the Archives Institutional Excellence Award. Norton has been with CPN for eight years and is responsible for creating and maintaining a repository for the Nation’s archive and research collections. The Tribal Archive and Research Division retains the tangible keys to the spiritual, historical and cultural...

  • The Potawatomi Dictionary

    7/10/2013

    Learning a new language is difficult in any situation, especially when the language isn’t widely spoken. Tools like classes, dictionaries and labeling of everyday objects can go a long way in helping people pick up words or phrases. However, if those tools are lacking, the difficulty of learning increases exponentially. “As Potawatomi descendants, we were pretty fortunate to have several dictionaries made by 19th century missionaries who met our ancestors in the Great Lakes region,” explained CPN...

  • Boursaw and Carney win legislative elections

    7/9/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members recently had the opportunity to vote in the 2013 elections. Incumbent Eva Marie Carney won the District 2 election and challenger Jon Boursaw won the District 4 election. Legislative District 1 incumbent Roy Slavin, District 3 incumbent Robert Whistler and Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett were unopposed in the 2013 election. “I am extremely honored that the CPN tribal members in District 4 have selected me to be their representative to the CPN...

  • Day of Champions Camp brings Huepel coaches, youth to Citizen Potawatomi Nation

    7/3/2013

    Josh and Ken Huepel, along with other top NFL and collegiate players and coaches, brought the Day of Champions camp to Shawnee to work with local youth.  The camp was held July 1-2 at The Ball Fields at FireLake and nearly 100 youth attended.The camp was hosted by Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Day of Champions Inc., which was founded by Ken Heupel, Northern State University coach, and son, Josh,  the 2000 national champion OU quarterback and current offensive coordinator.  “Chairman Barret...

  • Roselius, Zientek take first at Citizen Potawatomi Nation powwow

    7/3/2013

    Two Potawatomi Leadership Program counselors took first place in the Men’s and Women’s dance contest at the CPN Family Reunion Festival powwow.Austen Roselius won first place dancing the Northern Traditional Dance in the Men’s contest and Tesia Zientek took first place dancing Southern Cloth Women’s Traditional style in the Women’s contest. Austen, a member of the Vieux family, is 2011 PLP alumni. Austen is currently a student at The University of Oklahoma and is a double major in...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Reunion Festival brings thousands to Shawnee

    7/1/2013

    More than 5,000 people from 39 states descended on the town of Shawnee the weekend of June 28-30 to celebrate their Citizen Potawatomi Nation heritage. The annual Family Reunion Festival attracts people from all across the United States and has a considerable economic impact on Shawnee. "Events that draw visitors from outside the area are always welcomed in the community,” said   Tim Berg, executive director, Shawnee Economic Development Foundation. “Those visiting individuals will purchase...

  • Basic phrases for Festival

    6/27/2013

    With the start of festival, attendees are encouraged to try and use some Potawatomi words while visiting the various activities taking place this weekend. Below are some basic phrases and responses, and the Potawatomi dictionary can be found online here. Potawatomi words spelled out in English like below don't require any accent, just read the word slowly at first and then speed up your pronunciation as you feel comfortable. It is a little daunting at first, but as Potawatomi it is up to us to...

  • CPN Family Reunion Festival offers up language, culture

    6/27/2013

    The Family Reunion Festival hosts several language and cultural classes for adults and children. In addition to having the opportunity to meet with extended Potawatomi family, festival guests can learn CPN language, discover beading or make a pair of moccasins just to name a few. “We offer several classes during festival so that people who may only make it to Shawnee once a year can take part of our culture home with them,” said Kelli Mosteller, director, Cultural Heritage Center. “There are...

  • Festival fashion: How to dress for the Family Reunion Festival

    6/26/2013

    Of all of the activities taking place during the Family Reunion Festival, Grand Entry is among the most popular. Grand Entry happens at the powwow, which takes place Saturday evening. All of the honored families are recognized with a dance during Grand Entry. The families being honored are the Johnson, Lafromboise, LaReau, LeClair, Melott, Rhodd, Tescier, Weld and Young families.In order to dance, tribal members must wear traditional regalia. Men should wear a ribbon shirt and a sash and...

  • District 4 Election - Candidates' final election statement

    6/24/2013

    Editor’s Note: With Family Festival less than a week away, voting in the District elections will conclude on June 29 at the CPN Tribal Court. In the interest of giving the candidates in this year’s two contested elections one last appeal to the voters, below are messages from the District 4 incumbent, Theresa Adame, and her challenger Jon Boursaw.Theresa AdameBozho, When I was approached to write one last article about the election and my re-election, I was allowed up to 400 words. My...

  • Family Reunion Festival: What to know

    6/24/2013

    The Family Reunion Festival is just around the corner and there are a few things you should know if you plan to attend. There are many activities scheduled for June 28, 29 and 30; all of them provide the opportunity for Potawatomi to connect with their larger family, their culture and the tribe. Here are a few details to help you navigate. RegistrationFestival guests must register for Festival. Online registration is closed. Even if you already registered online, you must check in at...

  • District 2 Election - Candidates' final election statements

    6/24/2013

    Editor’s Note: With Family Festival less than a week away, voting in the District elections will conclude on June 29 at the CPN Tribal Court. In the interest of giving the candidates in this year’s two contested elections one last appeal to the voters, below are messages from the District 2 incumbent, Eva Marie Carney, and her challenger Anthony Cole. Eva Marie Carney I am grateful to our Director of Public Information, Jennifer Hardesty, and the Assistant Director, John VanPool, for their efforts...

  • Youth campers learn good exercise and life habits at CPN Summer Camp program

    6/21/2013

    As part of the youth Summer Camp program at the CPN Gym, Sara Lawrence of the FireLake Wellness Center has been running a health and wellness program for attendees. “With this generation, it is always good to have some structured time for exercise,” explained Lawerance. “Some stay inside and play video games, while others don’t live in areas that are safe for them to play outside or have parents who are just too tired after working all day to take them to a park. We’re just trying to increase...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation employee rescues elders, child during recent flood

    6/19/2013

    Arlene Jaquez, a nurse at the CPN West Clinic, was in a similar situation that many Oklahoma City-area residents found themselves in on May 31 when tornado producing storms hit. Jaquez, caught in rush hour traffic swollen with citizens trying to escape the approaching storms, found herself and her family away from their home south Oklahoma City. “My father was driving and people everywhere were panicking, trying to get to shelter,” recalled Jaquez. “When I felt the truck move from the winds, I...

  • 2013 FireLake Classic closes another year with Pool taking the Championship

    6/18/2013

    Zac Pool led the pack for two days, shooting 133 to capture the Championship flight at the 29th annual FireLake Classic. The tournament, hosted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and FireLake Golf Course, had 85 players in six divisions compete this year. Chris Chesser, FireLake Golf Course Manager, commented on this year’s successful competition. “The FireLake Classic is important to the golf course and the tribe because it is our ‘club championship’. We have a lot of locals and tribal members come...

  • Tribal elder Beverly Hughes reflects on her past work for Citizen Potawatomi Nation

    6/18/2013

      Citizen Potawatomi Nation is Pottawatomie County’s largest employer with an economic impact of more than $500 million and has come a long way from the days when tribal services were conducted by volunteers and run out of the old trailer. Amongst many others who worked for the tribe before and after the landmark 1975 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, tribal elder Beverly Hughes witnessed the changes first hand. Elected Secretary Treasurer in 1970, she served on the five...

  • Indian Child Welfare always in the mind of Foster Care and Adoption Specialist Darla Courtney

    6/17/2013

      Since the 1978 passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribes have taken over the well being of Native American children, who experience the third highest rate of victimization at 11.6 per 1,000 children of the same race or ethnicity. For members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Indian Child Welfare department, the first priority is the child’s safety. Beyond that, the department strives to preserve tribal families and keep Potawatomi children under tribal supervision, rather than have...

  • FireLake Ball Fields host Jim Thorpe Native American Games

    6/14/2013

    This week, the Jim Thorpe Native American Games will bring together nearly 2,000 Native American Athletes from 70 tribes to participate in 11 different sports. For the first year, FireLake Ball Fields will host the softball portion of the event. “We haven’t been open very long, but we’ve already made a name for ourselves in the sports world,” said Jason O’Connor, FireLake Ball Fields director. “Teams, coaches and fans enjoy our facilities and we continue to book bigger and better tournaments. We are...

  • CPN Member, Navy Veteran, discovers her heritage

    6/12/2013

    At the tribe’s regional meetings that take place throughout the country, one individual is awarded a Pendleton blanket for having travelled the longest distance to get there. If tribal member Gwen (Welfelt) Pellegrino were in attendance at one of those gatherings, the amount of miles she travelled might be difficult to top. Pellegrino, a member of the Welfelt family, is a dual American-Australian citizen. Her great grandfather, Samuel Welfelt was once a student at Sacred Heart School south of...

  • The Potawatomi naming ceremony

    6/11/2013

    An aspect of traditional Potawatomi culture, the naming ceremony, has reemerged in recent years. Traditionally, Potawatomi believe that when a child is born, the Creator cannot see their face. In order to show the child to the Creator, the tribe would have a ceremony and the child was given a name. Centuries of forced removals and interactions with Jesuit missionaries curbed the practice, but in an effort to strengthen our tribal bonds, members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation have conducted several...

  • New Marine Exhibit highlights Potawatomi history from the Great Lakes era

    6/10/2013

    Work at the Citizen Potawatomi Cultural Heritage Center continues on a number of exhibitions, part of a multi-year project to educate tribal members and the visiting public on the history of the Potawatomi and Neshnabek. A new exhibit at the CHC is the Marine Exhibit. The exhibit depicts a Potawatomi man spearfishing from a birch bark canoe on a Great Lakes waterway. The display contains detailed examples of tools and techniques used by the Potawatomi to survive and prosper in their...

  • Traditional Potawatomi Hand Game

    6/7/2013

          Two teams of participants would compete against one another. In previous centuries, Potawatomi would bid on each team and wager on the winner. The person who correctly backed the competition’s winning team would get a large percentage of the overall wager, while the team’s members would get a cut of the winnings.Each team had a captain, who chose two hiders and one picker for each round of the game. The Hiders would conceal two small objects, typically beads or smooth rocks, in their hands...

  • CPN member studies food security among Citizen Potawatomi Nation households

    6/5/2013

    Jeremy Bennett, CPN member and Oklahoma State University graduate, recently completed research to determine the food security among Native Americans in Pottawatomie County. The research included information on how education, employment, and income levels affect food security in households and Bennett hopes that it will influence legislation aimed at Native Americans.“Not only was this a research project, but it has an educational component for others,” said Bennett. “I was able to educate the...

  • Potawatomi Cornerstone

    6/4/2013

    Bozho This months’ article features Kaitlyn Orr, no relation to Yancey Orr from the previous article. Kaitlyn is a member of the Bourassa family and is currently living in Boston, Mass. She grew up in Shawnee, Kan. and moved to Boston where she is now working on her MBA at Harvard Business School. After the incident at the Boston Marathon on April 15, I checked to see if any of our tribal members lived there, or perhaps were participants in the run.  To my surprise, there was only one person...

  • CPN welcomes families to the 2013 Family Reunion Festival

    6/3/2013

    * Online registration is now closed. On site registration will open the morning of Friday, June 28 in the southwest side of the FireLake Arena. The Arena is located behind FireLake Discount Grocery at S. Gordon Cooper Drive and Hardesty Road in Shawnee, Oklahoma.   The Family Reunion Festival serves as an opportunity to connect with our families and culture, learn more about our tribe and make decisions that will help Citizen Potawatomi Nation continue to prosper. This year, the festival will be June...

  • Mark Harmon Celebrity Weekend begins at FireLake Bowling Center

    5/31/2013

    This weekend NCIS star Mark Harmon, and a group of his celebrity friends, will gather to raise money to support local non-profit organizations. The 13th annual event includes a bowling night and a celebrity baseball game. The event kicks off in Shawnee with the Stars & Strikes Bowling night at FireLake Bowling Center. “This event is all about kids and raising money to provide opportunities for them,” said Chris Skillings, director, FireLake Bowling Center. “We’re happy to help support these...

  • Festival prepartation: How to make a fan

    5/30/2013

    With Festival on the horizon, having traditional Potawatomi dress and regalia are an important facet of participating in ceremonies like Grand Entry and dancing. One piece of this regalia is the fan, which in addition to being a nice addition to Potawatomi clothing, comes in handy in the warm June weather. Here’s what you need to make one, and how to do it: Eagle, goose or turkey feathers from either a tail or wing Wood glue A handle (Fan handles can be purchased at the FireLake Gift Shop...

  • Officer Mckechnie of CPN Police Department honored for excellent police work

    5/29/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Department honored CPN Police Officer Mike Mckechnie for his dedication to the department and excellent police work. A traffic stop initiated by Mckechnie resulted in the end of a multi-state crime spree.“Officer Mckechnie is a very hard worker,” said Major Kurt Shirley, CPN Police Department. “He goes out and looks for ways to protect and serve; He’s very active in what he does.”A routine stop for traffic violations resulted in Mckechnie determining that the...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation opens distribution site to help tornado victims

    5/28/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has opened a distribution site to help the victims of the May 19 and 20 tornadoes in Oklahoma. Oklahomans needing assistance may call 405-598-0797 to make an appointment. You must make the appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours pickup will be available by appointment. “We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from around the nation and thankful that we can help our community,” said Margaret Zientek, Citizen Potawatomi...

  • Recording artist and CPN member Carter Sampson aids Pott. County tornado relief

    5/24/2013

      The force of the storms that tore through central Oklahoma in the last week has been exceeded by the response from locals and out-of-staters alike. In the aftermath of the tornado that struck the Little Axe and Shawnee Twin Lakes area, Pottawatomie County residents and those from surrounding areas began to flood local aid relief agencies in an effort to pitch in on the recovery. The F-5 tornado that wiped out parts of south Oklahoma City and Moore the following day only exacerbated the...

  • The Potawatomi Medicine Wheel

    5/24/2013

    Many Native American tribes recognize the significance of the medicine wheel, the colors and directions that are associated with them. For the Potawatomi, the East is the direction of new beginnings and life, and signifies springtime. It is associated with the color yellow and the Potawatomi medicine of sema (tobacco). As an elder once said, “Sema precedes all things,” meaning tobacco is used by the tribe as a blessing before starting a ceremony or gathering. South is the color of red, and...

  • Indian Child Welfare Department looking out for Potawatomi youth around the country

    5/23/2013

    After centuries of mismanagement and abuse at the hands of the federal government, the 1978 passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act was a significant step in the right direction. Congress’ passage of the law sought to curb the high percentage of Native American children being removed from their homes under dubious circumstances. According to the law, the act intended to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families.” As...

  • Oklahoma Strong t-shirts from Firelake Designs will help tornado victims

    5/22/2013

    Firelake Designs will be donating proceeds from this “Oklahoma Strong” t-shirt to the tragedy relief funds in Pottawatomie County. The shirts are $16 and will be printed on white or grey t-shirts. There will be a CPN Seal printed as a back tag.  When placing your orders please direct your phone calls and emails to Jamie Johnson at 405-878-8770 or jamie.johnson@potawatomi.org. You will need the following when placing your order: • Shirt Color (white or grey shirt)• Design (Red or Blue...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation begins air monitoring in Shawnee

    5/22/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Cherokee Nation have partnered to monitor the air quality near CPN headquarters in Shawnee. The data collected will help determine if pollutant levels in the air around Shawnee are a cause for concern. “Ground-level ozone, or smog, is a potentially harmful air pollutant,” said Cody Braun, Environmental Coordinator, CPN.  “Because the Tribe is located between two metropolitan areas with continual air quality problems, we’d like to see if this area is also being...

  • CPN and OBI Blood Drive

    5/21/2013

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation assists with tornado relief efforts in Pottawatomie County

    5/21/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation contributed $5,000 to the American Red Cross in Pottawatomie County to assist with the disaster relief efforts after an E F-4 tornado damaged hundreds of homes and left residents without a place to live. “This donation is greatly appreciated and will go so far to meet the needs in the Shawnee and Bethel area,” said Robin Outland, executive director, American Red Cross of Potawatomi County. “Cash donations are critical and are used for shelter, food and financial...

  • CPN Responds to Tornado

    5/20/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation staff worked Sunday afternoon, evening and through the night helping victims of a tornado that ripped through Pottawatomie County. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Department had officers assisting other agencies in rescue efforts. “We called in extra units, it was all-hands on deck,” said Jim Collard, CPN police chief.  “We’re doing anything we can to help.” The CPN’s emergency management team also assisted by providing some food and water to first responders and...

  • History of the Family Festival

    5/16/2013

     As the Family Reunion Festival approaches, CPN members from across the country will descend on the old tribal grounds south of Shawnee, Okla. to see family and participate in the festivities. But more than a decade ago, the participation of Potawatomi at the event wasn’t a guarantee. CPN hosted one of the region’s more popular pow-wows, drawing Native Americans from all over the country. But that popularity came at a cost, with tribal members ending up as spectators at many of the event’s...

  • The Flood Story

    5/13/2013

      One time, long ago, the Creator Mamogosnan flooded the Earth. Original man, known as Wiske, was floating in the water along with all the Earth’s other animals. To stay afloat, they each climbed onto a large log that had been carried by the current. Wiske, tired of hanging onto the log in the cold water, decided that they needed some land to rebuild the Earth.The other animals and Wiske talked about how to do this. They had been floating for days without any sight of land, and decided the...

  • Senior Support Network helps build friendships in Shawnee

    5/10/2013

    In February a group of women began working on a quilt in their spare time, each of them sewing a few pieces and putting them together. The group met each week, weather permitting, and pieced together scraps from regalia making. As the quilt came together, so did the ladies, creating friendships they hope to continue. “Part of the Senior Support Network is socialization,” said Ida Tuttle. “This group is actually part of the Wednesday craft circle and we work on lots of different projects....

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation welcomes new safety manager

    5/9/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation has hired tribal member Frank Schmidlkofer as safety manager. Frank is retired from Oklahoma Gas and Electric and brings more than 30 years of safety experience to CPN.“We are happy to have Frank on board as safety manager,” said Linda Capps, Vice-Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “His expertise in the area of safety will help our government, our employees and our visitors have a safer experience.”Part of Frank’s responsibility will be to make sure CPN is in line...

  • Firefighting and legislating, all in a day’s work for CPN’s Mark Johnson

    5/8/2013

    CPN Legislator Mark Johnson has a unique undertaking when it comes to organizing meetings for his constituents. But working with expansive geographic challenges is nothing new for Johnson, who has spent his career outside of the legislature fighting fires with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Johnson, born in Sanger, Calif. is a descendent of the Vieux family and since 1980 has worked as a fire fighter in California’s central valley and surrounding mountains....

  • Festival Schedule of Events

    5/7/2013

  • CPN member, Cultural Heritage Center Director earns Doctorate Degree

    5/7/2013

    Kelli Mosteller, a member of the Ogee and Weld families and director of the Cultural Heritage Center, earned a Ph.D. in Native American history from the University of Texas at Austin. Mosteller began college in 2000, attending Oklahoma State University and earning her Bachelor of Arts in history in 2005. From there, she attended the University of Texas and enrolled in the UT History Masters/Ph.D. program.“I didn’t take any breaks from school, so my undergraduate and graduate work has been...

  • Grand Casino Hotel and Resort adding 100 new jobs

    5/6/2013

    Grand Casino Hotel and Resort will add 100 new jobs when a new 262 room hotel opens this summer and officials hope to fill those jobs at an upcoming job fair. The job fair will be May 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Reed Center located at 5800 Will Rogers in Midwest City. "We are excited to open a new hotel and to strengthen our workforce by adding 100 more jobs," said John Barrett, Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. "We look forward to providing jobs in our communities and furthering the...

  • VOTE: Cultural Heritage Center selected to participate in Oklahoma’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts campaign

    5/2/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center has been selected to participate in Oklahoma’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts campaign, sponsored by the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. The program aims to increase awareness and support for Oklahoma’s most important historical objects. In all, 25 objects have been nominated, from which ten will be recognized as the Most Endangered. These objects will be awarded the designation of a “Most Endangered Artifact,” and will receive...

  • Voters' Guide - District 4

    5/1/2013

    District 4 Race - Theresa Adame v. Jon Boursaw Incumbent: Theresa Adame   Why did you originally decide to run for the CPN legislature? I learned from an early age going to meetings a love for the tribe. Also, I have always been a person to take a leadership role and wanted to use my talents to help in forming the direction the tribe takes. What family are you from? I am from the Navarre family. My great grandmother was Julia Burns. My grandparents John and Viola Martin raised their family in...

  • CPN hosts April events Family Fun Day and Elder Health Fair

    4/30/2013

    On Saturday April 27, CPN hosted its second annual Family Fun Day at the Reunion Halls’ on the Festival Grounds. Amanda B. Chapman, a Case Manager at CPN’s Indian Child Welfare Department, organized this year’s event in cooperation with FireLodge Children and Family Services and the Family Violence Department. The timing of Family Fun Day is meant to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month in April.“We host these events during this time to educate the public about...

  • Voters' Guide - District 2

    4/30/2013

    With voting just a little more than a month away, the legislative races for District 2 and District 4 are closing out. Below are voters guide questions for each candidate, both an incumbent and a challenger. District 2 Race - Eva Marie Carney v. Anthony Cole Incumbent: Eva Marie Carney Why did you originally decide to run for the CPN legislature?  It was a great opportunity to get more involved with the Nation. I felt my legal training and work experience – including drafting laws and rules,...

  • Tribal youth to learn about 'little brother of war' tradition

    4/26/2013

    There is a story about a disagreement over hunting grounds between the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. The two peoples had lived near each other in the country’s southeastern states before their removal by the U.S. government, and like all neighbors had occasionally clashed. When the government put them next to one another in what was then known as Indian Territory, tribal leaders feared fighting and all-out war might erupt over disputed hunting rights. The tribal elders decided to settle the...

  • Language teachers are vanguard of Potawatomi culture

    4/24/2013

    Learning a language is difficult in the best of circumstances. Now, imagine the difficulty in keeping a language alive amongst a very select portion of the population. More so, ponder taking on that challenge with the knowledge that if the federal government decides to cut funding for your tribe, it can justify its actions by pointing out that a common and distinct language no longer exists. “In the 1950s the federal government started trying to terminate tribes. One of the criteria for...

  • Potawatomi Cornerstone: Yancey Orr

    4/22/2013

    Bozho,This month’s article details the academic career of Yancey Orr, a descendant of the Toupin Family. I first met Yancey about eight years ago when he was invited to stay with the Nation for a couple of weeks to learn about the cultural and business aspects of our tribe. It was here that he wrote and directed a documentary film on the history of the CPN alongside with Bob Trousdale, then Director of the Tribal Heritage Project.Yancey received his bachelor’s degree in history at Yale...

  • Senior Support Network hosting Elder Wellness Fair

    4/19/2013

    Native American elders, ages 55 and older, are invited to attend a wellness fair April 24. The wellness fair is from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival Grounds South Reunion Hall.Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health staff will be on hand to offer wellness checks, blood sugar checks and vital signs checks. More than 25 vendors will also be available to offer information and services to benefit the elder community.“This is a great opportunity for elders to learn what...

  • The Gathering of the Potawatomi Nations

    4/18/2013

    This year's Gathering will be hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi at its Rodgers Lake property, in the heart of the ancestral Potawatomi homelands. The Gathering will be Thursday, August 8 through Sunday, August 11, 2013. The Potawatomi Gathering provides an opportunity for Bodéwadmi people from across North America to come together for language and cultural demonstrations, recreational activities, meals, socializing, and a powwow. The tribal councils and service programs from the...

  • Potawatomi Nation member success stories

    4/17/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation members have had many accomplishments and earned distinctions in academic, athletic and artistic fields over the past few months. Here are just a few of their success stories. U.S. Olympian and Lindenwood University student Mary Killman won the Solo U.S. National Championship title for Synchronized Swimming on April 13. Killman, of McKinney, Texas scored a total of 173.725 on her way to her second national title.In March, Citizen Potawatomi Nation member J.Davis...

  • FireLake Bowl hosts “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser, raising more than $52,000

    4/16/2013

    SHAWNEE, Okla.— FireLake Bowling Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters teamed up to raise more than $52,000 during the annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser on April 12. The event featured 36 teams and was the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.“By the end of the night, we’d raised a total of $52,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said General Manager of FireLake Bowling Center, Chris Skillings. “On top of that we had a great turnout for the PBA event the next day. It was a good...

  • Trail of Death caravan to travel Sept. 23-28

    4/12/2013

    By Shirley Willard, Fulton County Historian, Rochester, IndianaThe 6th Trail of Death Commemorative Caravan for the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Trail of Death will be Sept. 23-18, 2013, immediately following the Trail of Courage Living History Festival Sept. 21-22. The Potawatomi Indians were rounded up and marched at gunpoint down Rochester’s Main Street Sept. 5, 1838. So many died, it became known as the Trail of Death. This was the same time as the forced removal of the Cherokees , known...

  • The past is shining bright at Sacred Heart Mission

    4/11/2013

    More than 130 years ago the Potawatomi Tribe and a French Benedictine Priest struck a deal to build a mission and school for Native Americans. Today, most of the original infrastructure has deteriorated due to the sometimes fierce Oklahoma elements, a fire and even vandalism. The bakery, a two-story log cabin and two cemeteries are all that remain of what was once a thriving and growing Catholic community. The church, which was built in 1914, is the only building that is used today. Sacred...

  • CPN member connects with culture through beading

    4/9/2013

    Jeanine Gaines began beading about three years ago when a friend taught her to make earrings. Her beadwork began as a hobby, but in those three years Jeanine has learned that beading is much more than a hobby or art. “After my friend taught me to make the earrings my mother-in-law, who is Cheyenne-Arapaho, gave me some beads and taught be some technique as well,” said Gaines. “From there I learned some more technique from a book and even entered and won some contests.”Currently Jeanine makes...

  • FireLake Ball Fields have sporting and financial impact on local economies

    4/8/2013

    On a given weekend from February to November, one can drive by CPN headquarters in Shawnee and see the parking lots full of cars. At night the flood lights project their beams across the FireLake Ball Fields softball complex, illuminating the six fields and bleachers that surround them.A more recent addition to Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s commercial enterprises, the scheduling alone indicates the successful enterprise simply known around CPN as “The Ball Fields.” “We’re booked up solid until...

  • Citizen Potawatomi member contributes to Wichita State University's run to the Final Four

    4/5/2013

    On Saturday evening, the country’s attention will be on one of the most popular sporting events as the Shockers of Wichita St. University tip off against the heavily favored Louisville Cardinals in the first game of the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta. Taking the court with them will be one of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s own, tribal member Ron Baker.Baker is the son of Ranae and Neil Baker, and is a member of the Navarre family. Distric 4 Legislator Theresa Adame added her own congratulations to her...

  • Youth from CPN Child Development Center take first place in Native language competition

    4/4/2013

    Participants from the CPN Child Development Center competed in the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair on April 1 in Norman, Okla. The youth competed in two categories at the 11th annual fair. The youth won first place in the video competition for a video they submitted of them acting out the traditional Potawatomi story, “Turtle goes to war.” CPN youth also performed the skit in the live performance category for the Pre-K- through 2nd grade age group and earned third place. Tribal...

  • Pecan farm another recent startup of CPN commercial enterprises

    4/3/2013

    In the areas surrounding the Citizen Potawatomi Nation headquarters, the abundance of pecan trees is hard to miss. Like many of the commercial enterprises started by the tribe over the course of the last decade, CPN’s Pecan Farm began as a suggestion from Chairman John Barrett in 2007. Tribal member and longtime CPN employee William Everett took over operations in 2009. Everett, a descendant of the Tescier family, has worked for the tribe for 19 years, and currently serves as maintenance...

  • FireLodge Youth Council keeps local teens engaged in their communities

    4/2/2013

      The success of CPN’s own Child Development Center is a testament to the emphasis that communities place on the importance of childhood education. As tribal youth age, the benefits of structure and supervision outside of school hours can be lost. Those few unsupervised hours can have real consequences for teenagers and their communities.“Youth councils like CPN’s FireLodge Youth Council originally started as a place for reservation youth to meet and have some positive structure,” said...

  • Young journalist opportunity for CPN youth

    4/1/2013

    For all CPN members currently enrolled in high school around the country, the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism is still accepting spots for its annual workshop to take place this summer. The eight day program aims to expose students to the opportunities in training for work in the field of journalism.If selected, participants will complete the 10th annual edition of the Red Dirt Journal and its companion news website. Selected students will be given free room and board in a...

  • College Prep Workshop Comes to Dallas

    4/1/2013

    Cherokee Nation Foundation and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation are taking a college prep workshop on the road to Dallas on April 27. The free seminar teaches students to dissect the application process, find scholarships, identify deadlines and complete financial aid. “There are many misconceptions about the application process,” said Kimberlie Gilliland, executive director of Cherokee Nation Foundation. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with another tribe to help prepare a...

  • How Eagle saved mankind

    3/29/2013

    Long ago the Creator, Mamogosnan (our great father), became angry with mankind because they did not live in the right way. When they prayed, they did not use the proper medicine, tobacco (sema), and they fought amongst themselves constantly. Some even disrespected their elders, speaking down to them and making them do hard work while the younger people played.Angered and disappointed by their actions, Mamogosnan decided after one particularly gruesome day that he would destroy mankind once...

  • Child Development Center an important part of local education

    3/28/2013

    Early childhood education is proven to have beneficial effects on a child’s future. Children who’ve attended such programs are less likely to repeat grades, need special education, or get into future trouble with the law. The issue is so important that is has been made a priority by President Obama during his latest State of the Union speech.The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has its own tool to address this issue, an award winning CPN Child Development Center, which educates children as young as...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation to host free family fun day April 27

    3/27/2013

    Gather the family for an afternoon of free entertainment, games and education. Citizen Potawatomi Nation House of Hope will host a family fun day April 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival Grounds inside the north and south reunion halls. “We are excited to provide a fun afternoon for children and families in our community,” said Amanda Chapman, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “Families are encouraged to come and enjoy...

  • Tribal police hone their skills with live training exercise

    3/26/2013

    Officers from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Department conducted a training exercise designed to prepare them for a live shooter incident. The training session, overseen by Sergeant Mike Hendrickson and Major Jody Opela, took place at two vacant farm houses on tribal land near CPN Headquarters. The session is the first in a three part series of exercises designed to train officers how to enter a hostile environment where firearms may be present. “This time around, we want to get...

  • BBQ cook-off, family activities this weekend in Shawnee

    3/25/2013

    Grab the family and enjoy some of the best barbecue in the region at the Second Annual FireLake BBQ Contest on March 30. More than 35 competitors will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes and guests can sample numerous recipes including beef brisket, chicken and pork. Competitors from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas will battle for the top prize. Taster kits are $8. Those who purchase a taster kit will get to sample the food and have a say in who goes home with the People’s Choice award. ...

  • Community Development Corporation helping Native American businesses across the nation

    3/22/2013

    One of the gems of the tribe’s commercial assets is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Community Development Corporation (CPCDC). Partially funded by a Treasury Department grant, the CPCDC’s aim is to promote community development and job creation through business counseling and funding for Native American-owned enterprises in Oklahoma and across the country. As one of the largest Native American Community Development Financial Institutions in the country, the CPCDC lends money to Native...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation presents Potawatomi Art Show and Sale

    3/21/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Art Show is set for April 5-6, 2012 and will feature art from Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members from around the world. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center. “This is an opportunity to showcase the tremendous talent that we have within our tribe,” said Kelli Mosteller, director, Cultural Heritage Center. “Native American art generates a broad appeal and...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Youth Council moves into new location

    3/20/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation has opened a new gym which will be home to the P.L.A.C.E., the Potawatomi Learning and Cultural Exchange: A Youth Club. The new facility includes a learning lab to educate youth, a regulation sized basketball court with bleachers, a lounge and recreation area, and offices for up to five staff members.The new facility will allow the Tribal Youth Program to expand programs offered to include summer camps, after school programs and services to older youth.“This facility...

  • CPN Community Resource Officer protects the most vulnerable individuals in tribal jurisdiction

    3/19/2013

    Police officers are tasked with running in the direction of danger when everyone else is heading the other way. Psychologically, this leads many people, especially children, to automatically associate police officers with negative experiences. “Many kids only see the police in negative circumstances, and that affects their perception of us,” explained CPN Community Resource Officer Kandi Cumbie. “This negative association has repercussions down the line when they don’t feel comfortable...

  • Cultural Heritage Center completes exhibit at Rossville

    3/18/2013

    A new exhibit in the Rossville Community Center conference room depicts the Potawatomi history from the pre-contact era to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation today.“Kansas has the largest Citizen Potawatomi population after Oklahoma,” said Director Kelli Mosteller of the Cultural Heritage Center. “The Rossville Community Center is the closest source for information for many of our tribal members who still live in the Topeka and larger Kansas area.”The exhibit features photos and documents...

  • Veterans have a CPN member looking out for them with the VA

    3/15/2013

      Shawnee, Okla. - A decade after the invasion of Iraq and nearly 12 after the start of the war in Afghanistan, another generation of American veterans is returning to the United States in need of support. The most frightening aspect facing current returnees is that in 2012, suicides by veterans outpaced casualties of those in the war zone.While services like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs aim to help vets from current and previous conflicts, the VA’s paperwork can be overwhelming. In...

  • The Seven Grandfathers - A Potawatomi story

    3/13/2013

    In the early years, the Earth was hard on the people. Many died from diseases and others just passed on from the tough lives they lived. The Seven Grandfathers were powerful spirits given the responsibility to watch over the people by The Creator.Seeing how hard it was for the people, the Seven Grandfathers sent their helper Shkabwes amongst the people to find one who could be taught how to live in harmony with the world. Six times Shkabwes searched amongst the people and found no one, but on...

  • St. Gregory's Benedictine Hall restoration opens with a blessing

    3/12/2013

    St. Gregory’s University kicked off its multi-million dollar Benedictine Hall Centennial Restoration Project on Monday with a blessing ceremony presided over by St. Gregory’s Abbey’s Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B.The ceremony took place on the steps of the main entrance to Benedictine Hall, which lost its four iconic towers to a 2011 earthquake. “The week before spring begins, we gather for a very happy, happy occasion,” said Abbot Lawrence.  “We are about to begin a good work. Let us pray for...

  • New Seven Fires exhibit opens at Cultural Heritage Center

    3/7/2013

      The Cultural Heritage Center staff has finished the renovation of the “Seven Fires” exhibit. The new exhibit is updated and allows for 360 degree accessibility and additional details. The “Seven Fires” exhibit portrays the Seven Fires Prophecy and is part of the Citizen Potawatomi oral culture. “Previously the ’Seven Fires’ exhibit was in the corner and not accessible; we’ve moved it to allow people 360 degree access and to better represent an important part of our oral history,” said  Kelli...

  • CPN member honors Veterans with flag presentations

    3/7/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Roy Wano has an interesting hobby. More than 15 year ago Wano began travelling the country looking for opportunities to honor Veterans by performing flag presentation ceremonies at major events. “I do this because I have a deep love for our veterans and our country,” said Wano. “If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today. Any time I can honor them I try to do so.” Wano’s began travelling with this giant flag in 1976, helping his father,...

  • Adame seeking to retain District 4 seat against challenger Boursaw

    3/6/2013

    Editor's note: In the run-up to the June legislative elections, we are running articles on the two contested races this year. Below are two articles, one on the background and motivations of each candidate in the District 4 legislative race.Theresa AdameIn a re-run of the 2009 contest for District 4, incumbent Theresa Adame will face challenger Jon Boursaw for the legislative seat. The previous contest between the two Topeka residents was decided by a vote total of 121-107.Adame is a...

  • Cole and Carney face off in District 2

    3/5/2013

     Editor's note: In the run-up to the June legislative elections, we are running articles on the two contested races this year. Below are two articles, one on the background and motivations of each candidate in the District 2 legislative race. Anthony Cole Seeking to pick up where he left off in the 2008 electoral contest against Eva Marie Carney, New Orleans’ Anthony Cole is once again running for the District 2 seat in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Legislature.Cole is the owner of New...

  • CPN Legislature Update

    3/4/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation's legislative and executive branches participated in the latest meeting of the tribal legislature on February 28, 2013.  One major ordinance passed without opposition was an amendment to the tribe’s code for business regulation, an effect of the Federal HEARTH Act of 2012. The act allows tribes to lease restricted lands for residential, business, public, religious, educational, or recreational purposes without the approval of the Secretary of the Interior. In...

  • Family Festival set for June 28-30

    2/28/2013

    Each year at the Family Reunion Festival, Citizen Potawatomi Nation honors several of the founding families. Those being honored at the 2013 Family Reunion Festival are the Johnson, Lafromboise, LaReau, LeClaire, Melott, Rhodd, Tescier, Weld and Young families. For those attending festival it’s time to start making your travel and lodging plans. Here is a list of local lodging to help you. Lodging: For Reservations: Hampton Inn 405-275-1540 Holiday Inn Express 405-275-8880 La Quinta Inn and...

  • Health care reform and the impact on the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

    2/27/2013

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, was designed to reform and expand health insurance coverage for all Americans. With nearly 32 percent of Native Americans and Native Alaskans going without health insurance, the law’s impact on tribal health outcomes is of interest to all of Oklahoma’s tribes. In order to clear up some of the confusion in the law’s implementation, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Oklahoma Health Care Authority held a meeting...

  • CPN water plan an example for Oklahoma tribes

    2/26/2013

    A delegation from the Osage Nation recently visited Citizen Potawatomi Nation headquarters in Shawnee to discuss their preparations for a water resource plan. CPN’s experience in developing its own water plan is seen by many tribes as a forerunner to their own preparations, especially in light of the recent drought in Oklahoma. A grant from Administration for Native American’s, along with in-kind services from the United States Geological Services and tribal funds, the Citizen Potawatomi...

  • CPN Veterans’ Color Guard opens Senior Day

    2/25/2013

    In front of a full House chamber, the CPN Veterans’ Organization Color Guard opened Senior Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on February 25. The five man color guard carried the American flag, Oklahoma flag, Citizen Potawatomi Nation flag, CPN Veterans Organization and POW-MIA flags into the legislative chamber where the pledge of allegiance was recited by those in attendance. Senior Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for older citizens and those working in industries serving them to learn...

  • Some incumbents run unopposed in 2013 election

    2/22/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation voters will vote for Legislators in District 2 and in District 4 on June 29, 2013. Legislative District 1 incumbent Roy Slavin, District 3 incumbent Robert Whistler and Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett are unopposed in the 2013 election. Chairman John Barrett will run unopposed for his eighth term. Barrett, who has held the post since 1985, will serve another four year term of office following the election’s certification. Barrett last defended his incumbency in 2009...

  • Diplomatic security a new responsibility for the CPN Police Department

    2/21/2013

    When one thinks of the responsibilities of the CPN Police Department, diplomatic security would not be near the top of the list. But with the tribe’s growing commercial interests, especially in terms of drawing outside investment to future projects, Chief of Police Dr. Jim Collard saw the need for a specialized unit to escort and protect touring delegations visiting the tribe. “We believe it is appropriate to provide security to prevent anything unfortunate from taking place,” said Collard....

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Language Department hosts winter storytelling

    2/18/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Language Department will share a collection of traditional Potawatomi stories that provide a glimpse into the nation's culture and history. The storytelling is Feb. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center and admission is free. Guests will learn about Potawatomi language and culture through stories that are only to be shared during the winter months. Those stories include “Why Geese fly in a V,”  “Turtle Goes to War,” “The Shut Eye Dance,” “Wiske...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation offering Tax Prep Service

    2/18/2013

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation will once again offer assistance to file Federal and State income tax returns for those earning less than $51,000 annually. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers trained tax preparers to e-file State and Federal taxes.  The service is offered until April 13, 2013. The service is provided free to those who meet the income requirement and are able to travel to Shawnee, Okla. to meet with a tax preparer. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to...

  • Violence Against Women Act reauthorized in U.S. Senate

    2/15/2013

    The U.S. Senate has voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act by a vote of 78-22. The law, passed in 1994, has a proven record of reducing domestic violence and violent acts against women. “The Senate’s reauthorization is a great thing for Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Native Americans,” said Linda Capps, Vice Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “The fact is that Native American women face a domestic violence rate at more than twice the national average. We have a responsibility to...

  • Four decades of CPN history all in a day’s work for tribal elder Mary Powell

    2/14/2013

    Just a few decades ago the Citizen Potawatomi Nation had less than $1,000 in the bank and conducted much of its business out of a single wide trailer. General tribal meetings were held under the supervision of Bureau of Indian Affairs agents, typically in places like St. Benedict's Church in Shawnee for lack of a larger place. Many services, like Tribal Rolls, were done out of employees own homes. That image is a sharp contrast to the growth and prosperity that CPN knows today. With an...

  • CPN Police Officer Lee Minick Promoted to Lieutenant

    2/13/2013

      The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Department recently held a special ceremony to promote Detective Lee Minick to lieutenant. Minick has served the CPN Police Department since 2006 as detective and will continue in that role while also taking on the responsibilities of Lieutenant.A native of Beaumont Texas, Minick began his Oklahoma law enforcement career in 1999 when he began working for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.“I became a police officer because I wanted to be out in the...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation employee working with FEMA

    2/12/2013

    Oklahoma receives more than its fair share of significant weather events during any given year with everything from floods, wildfires, blizzards, tornadoes, drought and even earthquakes impacting the state. In 2011 and 2012 Oklahoma received nearly 40 disaster declarations and is one of only five states to have more than 100 disaster declarations. CPN began working with FEMA in 2000 after it experienced a loss due to an ice storm after Oklahoma was hit by a crippling snow and ice storm....

  • Construction updates: New hotel tower and event center to open this year

    2/11/2013

    Construction will be substantially complete on a new hotel by March. The new 262 room hotel will be ready for guests by this May. The rooms will all feature 42” flat screen televisions with on-demand video, in-room safes, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, plush bedding and linens, luxury bath amenities, an exercise room, spa services and nail salon and outdoor pool.  Reservations will be accepted starting in mid-February and available through the internet at www.grandshawnee.com or by...

  • Gathering of Nations scheduled for August

    2/8/2013

    Each year Citizen Potawatomi Nation provides free bus transportation for CPN tribal members and their immediate families so that they may travel to the annual Gathering. Tribal members are responsible for their lodging, meals and incidentals. The bus will leave from tribal headquarters in Shawnee, Okla. one or two days prior to the first day of the Gathering and return on last day of the Gathering. The 2013 Potawatomi Gathering will be hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians from...

  • Grand Casino Hotel and Resort adding nearly 100 new jobs

    2/7/2013

    Grand Casino Hotel and Resort will add nearly 100 new jobs when a new 262 room hotel opens this summer and officials hope to fill those jobs at an upcoming job fair. The job fair will be Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort. "We are excited to open a new hotel and to strengthen our workforce by adding 100 more jobs," said John Barrett, Chairman, and Citizen Potawatomi Nation. "We look forward to providing jobs in our communities and...

  • Supreme Court Justice Robert Coulter visits CPN eagle aviary

    2/6/2013

    Nestled off of Hardesty Road and a half mile from the North Canadian River, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation aviary resembles a small farm house in the middle of a field of central Oklahoma short grass. CPN members and sisters Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham live on site and tend to the aviary’s other full time residents, eight bald eagles. Each bird is in varying states of recovery from injuries or neglect, though most are set to stay permanently, unable to support themselves in the wild. “For...

  • Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen keynotes Youth Worker Summit

    2/5/2013

    "Leading the Next Generation" Summit motivates local community SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Local counselors, mentors and agency representatives gathered to connect with other professionals in the area to network, discuss working with youth and gain some inspiration to continue the important work they do in Shawnee and in neighboring cities. WorkForce Investment Board and Citizen Potawatomi Nation hosted a youth worker summit with a keynote address from Senator Josh Brecheen and a panel of...

  • Language classes begin today at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

    2/4/2013

    Across the United States, tribes are struggling to revive what once came to them naturally. After hundreds of years of suppression and forced assimilation, Native languages have dwindled from more than 300 to only a handful today. With less than a dozen fluent speakers of Potawatomi among the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the language department faces a unique challenge in teaching and preserving our native tongue. "Like all languages, ours is unique to us and carries with it many elements of...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Women, Infant and Children Program Opens New Location

    2/1/2013

    Additional space allows for new WIC Café and expanded participant services SHAWNEE, Okla.—Citizen Potawatomi Nation has moved its Women, Infant and Children program to a new 4,000 square foot building. The additional space will allow CPN WIC to continue to provide supplemental food and nutrition services to participants in a more comfortable and confidential atmosphere. "This new building was much needed to improve our current services and to add more services as the needs of our communities change...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation accepting applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    1/30/2013

    LIHEAP assists tribal citizens with energy bills SHAWNEE, Okla. – Citizen Potawatomi Nation is accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. The program is available for any citizen of a federally recognized tribe within the Citizen Potawatomi service area including Potawatomi, Lincoln, Cleveland, Paine, and a portion of Oklahoma County. Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2013 for the winter season to assist tribal citizens with the utility bill primarily...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Hosts Job Fair Feb. 7

    1/30/2013

    Full-time and Part-Time Jobs Available Across All Enterprises SHAWNEE, Okla. — Citizen Potawatomi Nation is looking for ambitious job seekers to fill multiple jobs currently open with the tribe. Citizen Potawatomi Nation will host a job fair on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grand Casino Resort. "We are always looking for bright and motivated people to fill positions across all enterprises," said Mindee Duffell, human resources, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. "Our jobs have...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 23rd year

    1/18/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has earned a national award for financial excellence for the 23rd consecutive year. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has recognized Citizen Potawatomi Nation for creating a transparent and comprehensive annual report. The award was for fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, 2011 and is in recognition of the tribe’s adherence to financial transparency and full accountability for the CPN’s financial resources. “Tribal...

  • The Ball Fields at FireLake hit a home run with sports teams and fans

    1/18/2013

    The Ball Fields at FireLake opened in March 2012 and have exceeded expectations of teams, guests and even management. FireLake hosted more than 20 events during the 2012 baseball and softball season. Those events ranged from t-ball tournaments to high school tournaments. For 2013, they already have more than 30 events scheduled, including college events and the USSA World Series. They also plan to host the adult and youth softball tournaments for the Jim Thorpe Games this summer.“We are...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation is working on several construction projects to be complete this year

    1/18/2013

    FireLake Golf Course — the road for the golf course clubhouse is complete and construction has begun on the clubhouse. The clubhouse is expected to be complete this summer.Women, Infant and Children services building — a new WIC building was completed in December. The building was funded by a $554,880 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Grand Casino Hotel & Resort — A new hotel will have 262 rooms, a spa and dining space. Construction is...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs complete controlled burn of cedar trees

    1/18/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs worked with local fire departments to complete a controlled burn of more than 55 acres of red cedar trees in Tecumseh. The Natural Resources department of the BIA spent one year running a cedar eradication program and cutting and piling cedars, to reduce the risk of wildfires. “Wildfires are out of control in Oklahoma,” said Josh Anderson, fuels specialist, BIA. “Last summer we lost more than 600 homes in Oklahoma due to...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation providing holiday meals

    1/18/2013

    Families in Pottawatomie County had more food on their plates this Thanksgiving thanks to Citizen Potawatomi Nation enterprises and employees. Tribal employees were able to collect enough food to provide meals for nearly 130 local families. “We have been helping local families with holiday meals for almost ten years now,” said Scott Hutchinson, employment and social services counselor, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “Each year the need grows, so we’re thankful that CPN employees and enterprises...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation member brings new perspective to traditional art

    1/18/2013

    In the early 1990’s most of the world was focused on new technology and the turn of the century, but Dale Cannon was looking back at the Stone Age. After happening across an arrowhead, Cannon took an interest in flint knapping. That moment is one that changed Cannon’s life. “Flint knapping is important because it’s part of our culture and heritage,” said Cannon. “This is the first technology we ever came up with and it was used to keep us alive.”Cannon has turned his passion into a thriving...

  • Entertainment Destination: The Grand

    1/18/2013

    Oklahoma has a rich music history and has become home to many influential musicians spanning a variety of genres. The Grand Hotel & Resort is writing its own chapter in that history, entertaining hundreds of thousands of fans right in the heart of Oklahoma.Opening in Oct. 2006, the entertainment venue at The Grand has seen a diverse group of award-winning musicians and comedians. Among the most popular shows were Gretchen Wilson, Merle Haggard, Wayne Newton, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy....

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Awarded Three Grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    1/18/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will receive three grants totaling approximately $315,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess air quality and water quality within the tribal jurisdictional area and build tribal environmental program capacity.“Our environmental programs are crucial in protecting and preserving our tribal lands,” said John Barrett, Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “We appreciate our partnership with the EPA and other agencies on our environmental...

  • Regalia making classes to resume in January at Cultural Heritage Center

    1/18/2013

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center will offer regalia making classes from January to June 2013. The classes are open to the public and any level of sewing experience is welcome. The Cultural Heritage Center will provide sewing machines for use in class, but students will need to bring their own materials including fabric, thread, needles, beads, etc.“Now is a great time for people to start thinking about their regalia for the Family Festival in June,” said Kelli Mosteller,...

  • Vice Chairman Capps named Person of the Year

    1/18/2013

    The Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce has honored Vice Chairman Linda Capps as Person of the Year for 2012. “The Citizen of the Year Award is awarded to one individual who has been out there day after day, week after week, promoting Tecumseh,” said Aaron O’Rorke, executive chamber, Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce. “It is through their efforts and support that Tecumseh is a wonderful place to live and work. Mrs. Capps was nominated by ballot and then voted on by our general membership. Only members of...

  • Cultural Heritage Center exhibit helps visitors connect with the past

    1/18/2013

    For many Native American tribes the forced removal of their people marks a defining moment in their culture and history. For the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, that time is often referred to as the Trail of Death, the forced removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana.In 1838, nearly 900 Potawatomi began the 660 mile walk from Twin Lakes to the prairies of Kansas. Many Potawatomi died during the Trail of Death, mostly elders and children, and though the loss of life was great, there was also a loss of...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Department keeping order in Pottawatomie County

    1/18/2013

    The crime rate experienced by Native Americans and in Native American communities has been the focus of numerous studies and legislation. According to the United States Justice Department, Native Americans experience crime at a rate more than twice the rate of the United States population. These crimes often occur in rural areas or on reservations, which are areas where law enforcement resources are extremely limited or confusing. According to federal reports, less than 3,000 tribal and...

  • The Potawatomi Learning and Cultural Exchange program will begin 2013 in a new building

    1/18/2013

    The new building and program will provide a safe environment for youth after regular school hours, during various school breaks and during the summer months. Youth can participate in additional educational activities and opportunities available to youth between the ages of 10 and 18.“A program such as the P.L.A.C.E. is important to our community because youth always benefit from multiple supportive and positive influences in their life, regardless of whether that may be a parent, another...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation and its employees contribute $60,000 to United Way of Pottawatomie County

    1/18/2013

    The United Way of Pottawatomie County will be able to continue funding for approximately 20 partner agencies in and around Pottawatomie County thanks to the generosity of Citizen Potawatomi Nation and its employees. The United Way of Pottawatomie County received $55,000 in employee contributions and $5,000 from the tribe in 2012.“CPN is a wonderful partner to the United Way,” said Audrey Seeliger, director, United Way of Pottawatomie County. “These contributions assist the community in...

  • Renovations, new exhibits in the works at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

    12/31/2012

    Staff members are working hard to renovate existing exhibits and create new exhibits at the Cultural Heritage Center.The “Veteran’s Wall of Honor” in the Long Room will be removed so that staff can repair damage caused by a snow storm and an earthquake in 2011. The renovation will include some structural repairs, fresh paint and additional exhibits.“We’ll be adding some regalia from the pre-contact warrior society and changing the exhibit to follow a chronological timeline from pre-contact to...

  • Citizen Potawatomi artist Woody Crumbo featured in exhibit at Oklahoma History Center

    12/31/2012

    "Half of my life passed in striving to complete the pictorial record of Indian history." -Woody Crumbo More than one century ago one of the most iconic and revered American Indian artists was born on a reservation allotment near Lexington, Okla. By the age of seven, that boy would be orphaned and taken in to be raised by a Creek family.A Citizen Potawatomi Member, Woody Crumbo, would dedicate his life and talent to the portrayal of American Indian thought and culture. Despite the changes in...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation employee honored with Betsy Davis Smith award

    12/31/2012

    Denise Smith, director of the Title IV program for Citizen Potawatomi Nation was awarded the Betsy Davis Smith award at the 27th Annual Oklahoma Minority Aging Conference. The award is given yearly by the Oklahoma Minority Task Force on Aging to a recipient who shows integrity and courage, possesses leadership abilities and is dedicated to serving the elderly.In 1985 Betsy D. Smith coordinated the first conference dedicated to training state workers on how to better serve the minority...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation awarded two Department of Justice grants

    12/31/2012

    Grants awarded to enhance and support tribal justice and safetyCitizen Potawatomi Nation will receive more than $1.4 million in grants from the Department of Justice.“These grant funds are critical to the success of our programs, the strength of our tribe and the communities around us” said John Barrett, Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “This will allow us to continue to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence and allow us to add services to help citizens with legal counsel. We...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation has $506 million economic impact

    12/31/2012

    Report finds Oklahoma tribes have 10.8 billion impact to the state The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has a $506 million economic impact in the State of Oklahoma. This includes $64 million in wages and benefits which directly supports nearly 2,000 jobs and purchases contributing to a $370 million impact on the local economy. “Our growth and development is good for us, our tribal citizens and the state of Oklahoma,” said John Barrett, Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation. “The services we provide...

  • First National Bank & Trust Co. Opens New FireLake Branch

    12/31/2012

    First National Bank & Trust Co. recently celebrated the addition of the bank’s new FireLake location with an open house and Shawnee Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. The new location located at 1545 South Gordon Cooper Drive across from FireLake Grocery officially opened Monday, September 24, 2012. “We are very pleased to offer the communities we serve a new free-standing location with more space to accommodate our customers,” stated Larry Briggs, president and CEO of First National Bank &...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Women's Hand Drum Group Celebrates Kateri Tekakwitha's Sainthood

    12/31/2012

    Nine individuals from Dewegen Kwek, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Women's Hand Drum Group, participated in a special ceremony to mark the Sainthood of Kateri Tekakwitha at St. Gregory's University. The women sang a variety of water and healing songs to honor Kateri's life as a devout Native woman and a healer. Kateri, known as "Lily of the Mohawks," was born in 1656 in the Mohawk Valley of present-day New York. Both of her parents were killed and Kateri was severely scarred when her village...

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member helping tribes with emergency management services

    12/31/2012

    Margaret Muhr is a Citizen Potawatomi tribal member enrolled in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security program. Although Muhr is the first tribal member enrolled in the program to work for a tribe, she is no stranger to emergency management. Muhr has built a Tribal Emergency Management program for the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians from the ground up. Muhr began with the Agua Caliente in January 2006 January as an administrative coordinator for the...

  • Topping off the Grand Hotel

    12/21/2012

    Shawnee, OK - Celebrating the placement of the last floor of the Grand Hotel prompted cheers from those who attended the topping off ceremony on July 12, 2012.  This ceremony honored the tradespeople and craftsmen of the Flintco team who built the facility with careful attention to quality construction and safety. Flintco then honored the Citizen Potawatomi Nation by flying the CPN flag at the top of the Grand Hotel. Expanding to better serve their clientele, the new Grand Hotel features a...

  • Comprehensive Water Resources Plan

    10/2/2012

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is preparing a Comprehensive Water Resources Plan that honors the Environmental Protection and Sustainability of our Tribal Lands and Resources for the next 50 years. This is a multi-year study that the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are joining forces to complete. Through this joint endeavor, several initial projects have already taken place. For instance, the USGS has gathered geographic and hydrologic data that...

  • Research Project Coordinator is Needed Immediately

    3/1/2012

    A Research Project Coordinator is needed immediately to lead a project on promoting mammography screening among Native American women in Shawnee. The coordinator will be hired by the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. If you are interested, please apply directly to  the OUHSC website: click here, Requisition Number 13561.

  • Ceremony to mark treaty's 150th anniversary

    10/11/2011

    (Above, Jon Boursaw addresses the audience at the recent Symphony of the Flint Hills in Kansas. Below, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks at the same event.) Presentations by several Citizen Potawatomi Nation officials and by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will highlight a Topeka, Kansas ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of an important treaty between the Nation and the United States. Jon Boursaw, a Topeka resident and retired director of the CPN Cultural Heritage Center, and...

  • Vols fall to Georgia, Lose Tyler Bray for 4 to 6 weeks

    10/11/2011

    (CPN member Tyler Bray fires a pass downfield against the Georgia Bulldogs. Hitting his throwing hand on a Bulldog's helmet late in the game, Bray broke his thumb and will miss four to six weeks of action.) KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - For much of the season, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley bemoaned his team’s tendency to give up one or two costly plays. Unfortunately for the Vols, that trend continued in a 20-12 loss to Georgia in front of 102,455 fans in Neyland Stadium on Saturday, October 8....

  • CPN member leads Tennessee Vols to 42-16 win

    9/6/2011

      KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The University ofTennessee’s 2011 football season began with the longest weather delay in school history. But lightning and high winds only delayed a first-half offensive deluge, spearheaded by the passing of sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation member. The Vols rolled to a 42-16 victory over Montana in Neyland Stadium. Bray finished the day 17-of-24 passing with 293 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.  The Vols jumped out to a...

  • Potawatomi Gathering Underway at Hannahville

    8/9/2011

    HANNAHVILLE - Around 2,000 people are expected to turn out in the Hannahville Indian Community this week for the 2011 Potawatomi Gathering. The annual event, hosted this year by Hannahville, kicks off Wednesday, August 10 and runs through Saturday, August 13, according to organizers. Gathering Coordinator Gloria Wandahsega said the event will be held at the Woodland Valley Gathering Grounds - with some festivities at the Island Resort and Casino. It will feature numerous activities throughout...

  • CPN Member Runs for Lyme Disease Research

    7/26/2011

      Dr. Jim Higgins displays the medals he has earned as a long-distance runner. In the photo below are Jim’s sister, Kerri Simpson (right), and her daughters Molly Jo (center) and Emily, all of whom have suffered from Lyme disease. Dr. Jim Higgins, a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Lubbock, Texas. As the late Paul Harvey was fond of saying, “Here’s the rest of the story!” Dr. Higgins is dedicating his participation in the New York City...

  • Potawatomi Named Philadelphia Archbishop

    7/19/2011

      As of 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in St. Louis, Missouri, former St. Louis archbishop (1994-2003) Cardinal Justin F. Rigali will no longer head the Philadelphia archdiocese. At noon Rome time, Pope Benedict XVI named Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, as the Philadelphia archbishop, effective immediately. Chaput has been in Philadelphia quietly for several days in meetings. Rigali may serve as administrator until Sept. 8 when his...

  • Rural Water District #3 Water Shortage

    7/18/2011

    Pottawatomie County Rural Water District #3 will face a temporary interruption of its water supply beginning Tuesday, July 19, 2011, and continuing through Saturday, July 23, 2011. The District’s source of raw water is Oklahoma City’s Atoka water line.  A mechanical problem is forcing Oklahoma City to shut down the flow of water in the line for repairs for an undetermined length of time beginning Wednesday morning. Because of current conditions, RWD #3 has been treating OKC’s raw water and...

  • CPN Member Battles Leukemia

    5/27/2011

      (Editor’s note: Danielle Lowe is a Citizen Potawatomi Nation member of the Navarre Family. She is the oldest granddaughter of Robert Joseph Navarre Jr. and Rita Navarre of Harrah, Oklahoma. Because Danielle is of Native descent, the odds of her finding a match are greater among Potawatomi people. The Navarre Family thanks you for the prayers and support for our sister during these difficult times. This is her first-person account of her battle with leukemia.) Hello, my name is Danielle...

  • CPN member from Kansas Buys Virgin Islands Financial Planning Biz

    2/16/2011

    CPN member from Kansas Buys Virgin Islands Financial Planning Biz ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands - Amy Rose Herrick, ChFC, IAR, a financial services adviser from Kansas, moved to St. Croix in January 2011, after purchasing the mutual fund and variable life practice of Warner Riviere. Herrick, who is a Chartered Financial Consultant and Investment Adviser Representative with more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry, decided last summer to move to St. Croix. Herrick said the...

  • Cobell Suit Settlement Distribution Information Made Available

    2/4/2011

    Cobell Suit Settlement Distribution Information Made Available Officials overseeing preparations for distribution of the $1.5 billion Cobell lawsuit settlement to about  500,000 Individual Indian Money (IIM) accountholders who will benefit have released flyers with information valuable to the suit's beneficiaries.

  • Officials Release Cobell Settlement Distribution Information

    2/4/2011

    Officials Release Cobell Settlement Distribution Information Officials overseeing preparations for distribution of the $1.5 billion settlement fund to some 500,000 Individual Indian Money (IIM) accountholders in the Cobell lawsuit have distributed flyers and information sheets with details for the accountholders who will benefit.

  • CPN prepares post-fire golf course/restaurant operations

    1/31/2011

      Citizen Potawatomi Nation officials have moved swiftly to lessen inconvenience from a Sunday morning fire that destroyed a 28-year-old building that housed the CPN-owned FireLake Golf Course clubhouse and the San Remo’s restaurant owned and operated by Shawnee residents Tony and Lazzi Veliu. John ‘Rocky’ Barrett, CPN chairman, announced that a prefabricated structure will be used to house the clubhouse until a permanent replacement is constructed. That structure will be placed on the hill...

  • Cobell case notifications from Interior Dept

    1/27/2011

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Indians with federal trust accounts soon will be receiving notification about their rights to participate in the $3.4 billion settlement approved last year in the class-action lawsuit known as Cobell, the Interior Department announced on Wednesday, January 26. Hundreds of thousands of Indians across the country will receive detailed information through the mail. The department also is conducting an extensive media campaign. The notifications are part of the...

  • A Groovy Kind of (Tecumseh Chamber) Auction

    1/27/2011

    Tropical vacations, original artwork, Thunder tickets, and a cookbook and photo autographed by Gov. Mary Fallin are among the hundreds of items that will be auctioned off at the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and auction Feb. 10. The theme of what is always an entertaining event is “A Groovy Kind of Love.” Auction committee members are busy with tie-dyed fabric, funky flowers and other period decorations to create the right atmosphere at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural...

  • CPN Member Teresa Reed Celebrates 108th Birthday

    12/6/2010

      It’s not such an impressive number, standing there alone – 108. But, in the context of Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Teresa (Slavin) Reed’s life, it is very impressive indeed. You see, on December 6, 2010, the Nation’s oldest member marked completion of her 108th year. CPN Vice Chairman Linda Capps and a host of Slavin family members journeyed to Wheeler, in the Texas panhandle, on Saturday, November 6, 2010 for an early birthday party. When Teresa Slavin was born, on December 6, 1902,...

  • CPN Member Tyler Bray Leads Vols Into Music City Bowl

    12/6/2010

     (Tyler Bray launches a pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks earlier in the 2010 season.) The Tennessee Volunteers finally have something to cheer about this football season and a majority of their cheering is due to the phenomenal breakout of freshmen QB Tyler Bray, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation member. While Bray wasn’t ashighly touted as some prospects in high school (he was only rated a four-star by Rivals and only had offers from San Diego St. and Fresno St.), he still showed enough...

  • Bray, Tennessee remain bowl-eligible

    11/21/2010

      (CPN member Tyler Bray passes against Vanderbilt University. His two TD passes led Tennessee to a 24-10 win.) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Learning on the job is getting a little more difficult for Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. The freshman Tennessee University quarterback, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation member began his career as a starter with two smashing wins. But, on Saturday November 20, he struggled for the first time. Still, he guided the Volunteers to their third straight win for the first...

  • Bray's 5 TD passes lead Tennessee to easy win

    11/6/2010

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Tyler Bray, the Tennessee Volunteers’ freshman quarterback, got the first start of his college career Saturday night and looked very good against a young Memphis State University secondary. Bray threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Volunteers to a 50-14 victory. He completed 19-of-32 passes. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Tennessee (3-6), which was never threatened after the first quarter. Bray, who took...

  • Tyler Bray gets to start at Memphis

    11/2/2010

    (Tyler Bray eludes two South Carolina Gamecocks defenders to launch a pass in Tennessee University's 38-24 loss.) KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Tyler Bray’s Monday morning – November 1 - started like any other. The 6-foot-6 Californian got up, ate breakfast, and went to classes on the University of Tennessee campus. However, this particular Monday changed immediately after his sociology class, though. Bray was pulled aside on his way out the door and told coaches...

  • Native Americans Continue to Smoke Cigarettes at a High Rate

    11/1/2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-- In 2009, approximately one-quarter (25%) of Native Americans smoked cigarettes. Nearly 18 percent of Native Americans lose their lives to cancer. As we recognize Native American Heritage Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, EX® offers a free way to break the smoking addiction. With the latest research estimating that nearly six million people worldwide will lose their lives to tobacco in 2010, EX takes an innovative approach to helping the 46.6 million Americans who smoke...

  • CPN member Tyler Bray Tosses two TDs; Vols Lose

    10/31/2010

      COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30: Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers is chased by South Carolina Gamecocks Stephon Gilmore (#5) and Cliff Matthews (#83) during the Gamecocks’ 38-24 win over Bray’s Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina. UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Tyler Ray is likely to start this coming Weekend's Tennessee game against Memphis. COLUMBIA, S.C. – Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Tyler Bray made his first significant...

  • Lions mobile screening bus to travel to Citizen Potawatomi Nation

    10/26/2010

    SHAWNEE, Okla. - Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation and the Shawnee Noonday Lions Club will team up with the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency Area Agency on Aging, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and the Oklahoma Insurance Department to provide a free mobile health screening and health fair that will be open to the public. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation South Reunion Hall, located at 1700 Gordon Cooper Drive on the Potawatomi Nation...

  • CPN, REI host Women's Biz Workshop

    9/17/2010

    The Women’s Business Center (WBC) of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma Inc. (REI), a Durant-based economic development agency, will present a Women’s Biz Workshop in Shawnee.  Free workshops for entrepreneurs and business owners are a key component of REI’s business development programs.   The workshop, “Entrepreneurship 101,” is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Festival Grounds South Reunion Hall, 1700 Gordon Cooper Drive, in...

  • Tyler Bray opens college career in Vols’ 50-0 win

    9/6/2010

    (CPN member Tyler Bray launches a pass in his college debut on Saturday, September 5. His Tennessee Volunteers defeated Tennessee-Martin 50-0.) Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Tyler Bray’s college football career began with a win on Saturday, September 4; his Tennessee Volunteers had an easy time with an outmatched Tennessee-Martin team, posting a 50-0 win. Bray, a true freshman, is the backup quarterback, playing behind former NFL All-Pro QB Phil Simms’ son Matt. Bray saw fourth-quarter...

  • Menominee Village historical marker to be dedicated

    9/3/2010

     (At the beginning of the 2003 Trail of Death Commemorative Caravan, George Schricker sings his song about Chief Menominee, with the statue of the chief in the background.) A new historical marker that marks the location of Chief Menominee’s village site will be dedicated September 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Menominee statue site. Tylor Borggren, Plymouth, Indiana resident, has worked all summer on a project to earn his Boy Scout Eagle Award and preserve local history. A member of Troop 251, he and...

  • FireLake Course Hosts Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics

    9/1/2010

    FireLake Golf Course 1901 S Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK 74801  View on map: N 35° 17 38.39568 W 96° 55 27.9426 Friday, Sep 24, 2010 Start Date: Friday, Sep 24, 2010, 8:00am - Location: FireLake Golf Course - 1901 S Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK 74801 Registration is open for a golf tournament Sept. 24 sponsored by the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington to benefit Special Olympics. The tournament will be at FireLake Golf Course in Shawnee, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m....

  • CPN, other Indian elders honored

    8/31/2010

    (Above left and right, respectively, CPN elders Leon Cross and Alan Kelly pose with AARP officials after receiving their medallions as Honored Oklahoma Indian Elders. Below left, Mr. Cross opens the festivities with a prayer delivered in the Potawatomi language. Below right, CPN employee Leslie Deer (Mvskoke) dances at the AARP event as part of the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers.) Leon Cross, Alan Kelly honored at AARP fete CPN, other Indian elders honored             Citizen Potawatomi Nation elders Leon Cross and...

  • 2010 District #7 Run-off Election Results

    8/28/2010

    The Run-off election between Thom Finks and Mark Johnson for the position of Represesntative for Legislative District #7 has concluded and the results have been certified by the CPN election committee as of August 27th, 2010 at 5:00pm. Mark Johnson defeated Thom Finks by a margin of 54 votes. Thom Finks received 57 total votes and Mark Johson received 111 total votes. Official Election Committee Results - CLICK HERE...

  • New Red Earth Exhibit Features “Retro” Indian Art

    8/23/2010

    A new exhibit at the Red Earth Museum & Gallery, 6 Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Oklahoma City, features select pieces from the museum's permanent collection that reflects upon a 50-year span of contemporary and modern American Indian art styles from the 1930s through the 1980s.  “RETROspective” is a compilation of art pieces culled from the Red Earth Museum permanent collection that have rarely been seen by the public.  The show, on view through October 31, features the artwork of prominent...

  • Rescuing Sweetheart

    8/20/2010

    (Meet Sweetheart, a few days into her recovery) CPN member Jessica Lantagne, who lives in the Shawnee, Oklahoma area, is one of the founders of a greyhound rescue group, Fasthound Greyhound Adoption (www.Fasthound.org). On Friday, August 13, 2010, Fasthound members rescued Sweetheart, a greyhound in Chickasha, Oklahoma who had been severely mistreated. Lantagne has set up a blog at http://sweetheartsstory.blogspot.com to tell the greyhound’s story, allow people to follow and assist with her recovery, and...

  • CPN member Andy Young succumbs to leukemia

    8/11/2010

    The world has lost a young warrior and a future engineer and architect, the work he would have accomplished and the family he would have created. His parents and other family members, his Citizen Potawatomi family, and his friends have lost a loved one and a source of inspiration. As his aunt Amanda Salisbury wrote on the CaringBridge Website (www.caringbridge.org/visit/stephenandrewyoung/journal), “Stephen Andrew Young died on his own terms at 5:48 this morning (Wednesday, August 11, 2010)...

  • Komacheet Wins FireLake Classic

    8/2/2010

    (Robbie Komacheet of Shawnee is less than a second away from holing out on the 18th to win the 36-hole FireLake Classic at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation's FireLake Golf Course on Sunday, August 1. Komacheet had his first-ever hole-in-one in earning the championship flight top money.)

  • Young CPN member battles leukemia

    7/27/2010

    Andy Young in critical condition in Missouri hospital In May 2010, Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Stephen Andrew ‘Andy’ Young graduated from Okemah, Oklahoma High School with honors. He had the opportunity to pursue his education with several full academic scholarships. Instead, he chose to serve his country in the United States Army. He planned to pursue additional training to be a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare specialist. Andy turned 18 years old on July 17, 2010. His mother,...

  • Legislature Enacts Flood Damage Prevention and Criminal Sexual Conduct Code Ordinances

    7/9/2010

    Meeting for their quarterly session on Monday, June 28, 2010, members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Legislature approved a "Flood Damage Prevention" ordinance and a Criminal Sexual Conduct" ordinance. The flood damage ordinance can be downloaded here. The criminal sexual conduct ordinance can be downloaded Indian teen from Norman tells Senate panel about her efforts on diabetes 7/6/2010

    Actor Wes Studi, a Cherokee, and Caitlin Baker, a Muscogee Creek member from Norman, are shown after a June 30 hearing in Washington on diabetes research. Photo by Chris Casteel, The Oklahoman WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Caitlin Baker has seen her American Indian peers accept diabetes as inevitable, and she has seen them fight against it by raising money for a jogging trail. Baker is more of the jogging trail type. Much more. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and a competitive swimmer, the...

  • Linda Capps retains CPN leadership post

    6/27/2010

    (Vice Chairman Linda Capps is sworn in for a new four-year term by Chairman John 'Rocky' Barrett as Secretary-Treasurer, D. Wayne Trousdale, who earned re-election without opposition, holds the Bible.)  Meeting in Shawnee, Oklahoma for their 12th annual Family Reunion Festival, Citizen Potawatomi Nation members have retained Linda Capps for a new four-year term as the Nation’s Vice Chairman. CPN voters also filled four seats in the tribe’s 16-member legislature and filled out the ranks of the...

  • CPN QB Tyler Bray’s starting chances assessed

    6/24/2010

    After an up and down spring, the Tennessee University Volunteers left many questions to stew over during the summer and to be answered in fall practice before the 2010 season. Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Tyler Bray, a freshman quarterback at Tennessee, is at the center of one of Website Bleacher Report’s feature Tennessee Volunteers Football: The Five Biggest Summer Challenges. Many of the new four- and five-star recruits who were leftovers from departed head coach Monte Kiffin’s one...

  • CPN member earns Miss Oklahoma Princess title

    6/23/2010

    (CPN member Kamryn Vernon, left, poses with the 2009 winner of that title at the June 11-13 pageant in Tulsa.)  Kamryn Vernon, Citizen Potawatomi Nation member and daughter of Tory and Michelle Vernon, has won the title of Miss Oklahoma Princess in the National American Miss Pageant. The pageant was held from June 11 through June 13 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A panel of judges scored the contestants in the following categories: Formal Wear, Personal Introduction, Interview, and Community...

  • Indian Law Center to share $500K Prize

    6/23/2010

    CPN member Robert Coulter leads law center The Indian Law Resource Center, based in Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C., is among three organizations which will share the 2010 Gruber Justice Prize given to individuals and groups which, through the legal system, champion the rights of oppressed peoples. The Center is headed by Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Robert T. Coulter, who is a justice on the CPN Supreme Court. The Center has been a leading participant in the adoption of the United...

  • Robert Perry discusses book on Woody Crumbo art

    6/22/2010

    The author of a book on the life and extraordinary art of Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Crumbo discusses that book on the latest edition of the CPN radio program “The Native American Speaks.” Chickasaw Nation member Robert Perry of Ada, Oklahoma talks about his book “Uprising! Woody Crumbo’s Indian Art.” Mr. Perry talks about the influences that shaped the greatest Citizen Potawatomi artist’s work, the mix of native talent and mastery of technique that informed it,...

  • Dr. Robin Kimmerer named Distinguished Teaching Professor

    6/22/2010

    SYRACUSE, New York - Dr. Robin Kimmerer, a professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has been honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher for her extraordinary achievement as a teacher, scholar, and mentor. Dr. Kimmerer was appointed Distinguished Teaching Professor, which recognizes and honors mastery of teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional levels. Candidates must have demonstrated consistently superior...

  • Huron Potawatomi Tribe releases names of winners of council election

    6/22/2010

      (In this photo provided by the tribe, the new Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Tribal Council is seen, from left, Dorie Rios, Nathaniel Spurr, RoAnn Beebe-Mohr, Jamie Stuck and Homer Mandoka.) The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, the AthensTownship, Michigan tribe that owns FireKeepers Casino, has announced the makeup of its new Tribal Council. Following a crowded April 24 election for tribal members only, incumbent Sergeant-at-Arms Henry ‘Tiq’ Bush Jr. was ousted. Newcomers...

  • Country Music Heartthrob Blake Shelton at CPN’s FireLake Grand Casino

    6/17/2010

    Shawnee, Okla. - Pull on your blue jeans, dust off your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and make plans to help the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s FireLake Grand Casino welcome back Country Music star Blake Shelton on July 2, 2010. “We are pleased to welcome Blake Shelton back to the FireLake Grand Casino Events Center,” said Brad Peltier, Director of Marketing at FireLake Grand. “He continues to be one of country music’s premiere entertainers and vocalists.” Born in Ada, Oklahoma, Blake Shelton set...

  • Appealing FEMA Ineligibility Letters

    6/11/2010

      (CPN member Kimberly Vanderberg's home was destroyed in the May 10 tornado.) OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans who have received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that they are ineligible for disaster assistance following the May 10-13 tornadoes and storms may be able to use additional documentation to turn that “no” into a “yes.” “Every applicant has the right to appeal a decision,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton. “In fact, applicants can appeal any...

  • Pruitt Launches Six-Song EP

    6/10/2010

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Brandon Pruitt, a native of Lexington, Oklahoma, has launched a new, six-song Extended Play (EP) album on compact disc. With a performance in Norman, Oklahoma on Sunday, June 6, Pruitt has also completed a set of several concerts in central Oklahoma and has returned to Nashville. In an interview for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation radio program “The Native American Speaks” and newspaper HowNiKan, Pruitt said that the mutual decision to forego extending his Sony...

  • Descendants Dedicate ‘Trail of Death’ signs

    6/9/2010

      (CPN member George Godfrey offers a tobacco blessing for one of the Trail of Death signs.) Descendants dedicate ‘Trail of Death’ signs  By Curt Slyder, Lafayette, Indiana Journal & Courier In 1838, more than 850 Potawatomi Indians were forced to march about 660 miles from northern Indiana to Kansas as white settlers began moving into the area. At least 40 died during the journey. On Saturday, June 4, 2010, a group of their descendants, along with historians and Tippecanoe County, Indiana...

  • Josh Peltier – Ballplayer Extraordinaire

    6/9/2010

      Josh Peltier – Ballplayer Extraordinaire       He might not be quite ready for a Stephen Strasborg-like* Major League baseball debut yet. But, three-year-old Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Joshua Peltier was pictured on the front page of the Shawnee, Oklahoma News-Star recently, thoroughly enjoying a bit of late-spring ball-playing. Josh’s dad is CPN member Tracy Peltier. And, I bet that uniform shirt came from the CPN’s FireLake Designs, which Tracy manages very ably.     *For those who are not...

  • Hernandez Accepts Principal position

    6/3/2010

    (Jesse Hernandez directs CPN Childhood Development Center singers during the 2007 Christmas program.) By Josh Burton, Shawnee News-Star writer - josh.burton@news-star.com SHAWNEE, Okla. — The Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education has named long-time Citizen Potawatomi Nation employee Jesse Hernandez as the next principal at Shawnee Early Childhood Center during its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. Hernandez, former Shawnee school board member for Ward #6, resigned...

  • CPN artist Matt Bearden at Red Earth

    6/2/2010

    OKLAHOMA CITY – If the Red Earth Pow-Wow is a statement of multi-tribal diversity, then painter Matt Bearden is a poster boy for the cause. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation member went to school in Cherokee Country in Tahlequah, Okla. lives in Osage Country in Hominy, Okla. and paints primarily Southern Plains subjects. “You see a lot of different influences in my work.” As the father of an 8-month-old baby boy, he has reshuffled his priorities much like he has sifted through artistic...

  • AARP Wellness tour Coming to CPN

    5/28/2010

    The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is scheduled to make a stop at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Senior Nutrition Site in Shawnee on June 3, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The site is located at 2345 N. Gordon Cooper Drive. This event is part of AARP Oklahoma’s on-going diversity project with Oklahoma Indians. The following screenings on the tour will be performed at no charge by certified health screeners: · Total Cholesterol Levels · Blood Pressure · Bone Density · Glucose Levels · Waist...

  • Linda Capps enters GCTC Hall of Fame

    5/28/2010

    (New GCTC Hall of Fame inductee Linda Capps accepts a proclamation naming May 6 “Linda Capps Day” in Oklahoma from State Rep. Shane Jett of Tecumseh.) In an event recognizing the quality of her contributions to education, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Vice Chairman Linda Capps has been induct4ed into the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Hall of Fame. Ms. Capps entered along with retired Masonry Trades instructor Rocky Williams of Chandler, Oklahoma in a ceremony on the Technology Center’s Shawnee...

  • Bob Trousdale Walks On

    5/28/2010

    (Bob Trousdale stands outside his two-room Maverick Hotel in downtown Tecumseh, Oklahoma. Bob lovingly and painstakingly restored the old bank building.) The Citizen Potawatomi Nation has lost one of its true gentle souls. On the evening of Monday, May 3, 2010, CPN member Bob Trousdale, director of the Nation’s Job Pride program and one of the kindest, wittiest people anyone ever met, walked on following a valiant battle with esophageal cancer. In an edition of “The Native American Speaks” that...

  • Chairman Barrett Named Among Pottawatomie County's Most Influential

    5/28/2010

    (The Tecumseh Countywide & Shawnee Sun newspaper is in the midst of unveiling its list of “The Ten Most Influential People” in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Through its April 15 edition, the newspaper has named numbers 10 through four, with Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John ‘Rocky’ Barrett landing at number four on the list. This is Countywide & Sun publisher Wayne Trotter’s profile of Chairman Barrett.) Loyalty is an important concept for John A. ‘Rocky’ Barrett. As chairman of the...

  • Ask Elouise Column Answers IIM Settlement Questions

    5/28/2010

    (Cobell lawsuit lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell addresses tribal leaders at a meeting at the Iowa Nation complex near Perkins, Oklahoma.) (Editor’s note: The CPN Public Information Department has fielded several questions from CPN members who have heard about the settlement of the Cobell lawsuit over BIA mismanagement of funds in Individual Indian Money [IIM] accounts. Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the suit has written a series of letters to Indian Country in the few months since the...

  • Jim Halsey Honored

    5/28/2010

    (Jim Halsey accepts a proclamation establishing 'Jim Halsey Day' from Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage.) The ceremony opened with a prayer in Potawatomi and English on the evening of Wednesday, April 7 as Country music impresario/artists manager Jim Halsey of Tulsa was honored at the Oklahoma History Center, located near the State Capitol. Minisa Crumbo, daughter of great Citizen Potawatomi artist Woody Crumbo and Halsey’s wife, offered the prayer. The onstage gusts were Rock’n’Roll Hall...

  • Wife of CPN member purchases North Carolina dental practice

    1/27/2010

    Dr. Ray Mooring is an institution in Mount Olive, having run his dental practice from his office on Smith Chapel Road ever since 1969. Mooring recently made the decision to retire after finding someone he felt comfortable entrusting his patients to. Dr. Amy Kimes (right) took over the practice late last month and has been well received by the town and Dr. Mooring's patients.   Dr. Mooring passes torch to new dentist By John Cate, staff writer, Mount Olive, North Carolina Tribune After nearly...

  • Writing The Nativity Story

    7/27/2009

    (Webmaster's note: Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Mike Rich attended a world premiere event for the movie The Nativity Story at the Vatican in Rome on November 26. In this interview from the Web site www.ComingSoon.net, Mike Rich talks about writing the screenplay for The Nativity Story, which opens at theaters across America on December 1.)   Adapting well-known gospels into a biblical feature film is probably not an enviable task. Just ask Mel Gibson. Screenwriter Mike Rich, best known for...

  • Tecumseh High Native Club Battles Cancer

    11/30/1999

    The Tecumseh High School Native Club will participate in Cancer Awareness, or Pink-Out, Week at Tecumseh High School September 12th through 16th. The Native Club will man a Bone Marrow Registry booth at the Tecumseh/Deer Creek football game on Friday night, September 16th. The club seeks to get more Native donors. Indians, in comparison to other racial groups, have not registered and the likelihood of securing a match for an Indian is almost zero. Donors are needed for all ethnic groups. If...

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