With the beginning of a New Year and new future, the CPN Veterans Organization will be having elections for officers and planning for upcoming activities for the CPN Color Guard. After several years of hard work and building the guard, Herb Holton is retiring. He will be greatly missed.

We were extremely active in 2016 and with a new guard leader for 2017, we hope to continue with this success.

Looking to the future I would like to share a story that has helped me facing life challenges. An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” 

He continued, “The other is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

I wish everyone a prosperous and happy 2017.

The CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome. A meal is provided.