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2015 in photos

We take a look back with two images from each month this year to review what went on for the Tribe in 2015. 

FireLake Arena hosted it’s second MMA event in 2015. Fighters like, Joe Blurton (pictured) posed for fighter profile pictures to be featured on the overhead screen before their fight in January. 1/23/15.

CPN officially opened Flame Brazilian Steakhouse in 2015. Pictured is General Manager and Executive Chef of the restaurant at the Grand Casino Resort, Raymon Tolentino. 1/30/15.

CPN artist and sculptor, Denny Haskew’s statue “Courage to Lead” was purchased by the Tribe last year and is situated outside of the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort. The piece depicts a traditional Native American story of warriors shooting arrows into the night sky while standing amongst their falling arrows to show bravery and courage. 2/4/15.

The CPN Eagle Aviary houses many different kinds of birds. Pictured is Myanabe, their golden eagle. CPN Public Information made a video about him in February that you can see here,  https://youtu.be/GoPqowCjmvk. 2/13/15.

Fog rises above the water on FireLake Golf Course in during the morning in early March. 3/11/15.

Tribal member and owner of BDC Gun Room, Jack Barrett, talks about his business to the crowd that gathered for their grand opening in late March. BDC Gun Room is the first HEARTH Act business the Tribe has signed. 3/30/15.

The CPN flag flutters in the wind at the Tribal Flag Plaza located on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City. 4/1/15.

IT workers change a satellite on top of the FireLake water tower. 4/15/15.

Alyssa Cheatwood, along with many others, graduated pre-kindergarten from CPN’s Child Daycare Center in May. 5/12/15.

An Eastern Bluebird takes a break from catching insects during a warm spring day close to the CPN Administration building. 5/21/15.

CPN Public Information department captured a late night scene with a quad copter of the tribal grounds a day before the CPN Family Reunion Festival. 6/29/15.  

Ivory Hanson poses for a picture in the photo booth right before the start of Grand Entry at the 2015 CPN Family Reunion Festival. 6/30/15.

One of CPN’s Eagle Aviary managers, Bree Dunham, teaches several Tribal members how to sort feathers. Sorting them makes it easier to distribute different feathers for all of the different uses they can have for regalia or traditional ceremonies. 7/23/15.

The 2015 Potawatomi Leadership Program, along with three previous attendees, pose for their annual group photo with full regalia. 7/30/15.

Grand Casino Hotel and Resort opened a rooftop pool that features a full size bar for patrons. 8/6/15.


A traditional Men’s Grass Dancer during the Friday night powwow at the 2015 Potawatomi Gathering of Nations in Carter, Wisconsin. 8/14/15.

An overhead look at the CPN-owned Iron Horse Industrial Park several weeks before fall harvest. 9/21/15.

The CPN Police Deptartment hired three new officers who were sworn in September. Steve Rhodes, Tony Diaz and Trevour Story were the three officers sworn in from a long list of applicants to the force. 9/21/15.


A bee stopped for a millisecond to stare at a garden snake who was waiting to snag one of them for a meal. The CPN Eagle Aviary may have many birds on site, but wildlife is buzzing in many different ways around the facility. 10/8/15

Chris Fields is pictured here working with new equipment acquired by the Tribe for the new Pottawatomie County emergency dispatch center located at the Tribal police headquarters. 10/26/15.

The CPN Veterans were the official color guard of the Oklahoma State University Native American Student Association’s annual powwow. 11/17/15.

Government officials and business men from the sister state to Oklahoma, the Kyoto Prefecture of Japan, visited Tribal headquarters, the Eagle Aviary and the Grand Casino. 11/18/15.

432 grocery bags filled with a ham, eggs, milk, butter and fruit were passed out to needy families from the Salvation Army in Shawnee by FireLake Discount Foods managers. 12/15/15.

Chairman Barrett and Vice-chairman Linda Capps pose with their Administrative Assistants, Jaime Moucka and Dennette Summerlin at the CPN Employee Christmas Party. 12/21/15.