Beverly Rybolt of San Angelo, Texas, was presented a beautiful shawl. Photo provided

October and November passed, and as a matter of fact, they had wings. Am I the only one who cannot believe 2017 just has a few weeks left to complete?

It has been exciting and a continual movement for everyone, from family to businesses. Our acknowledgment of such special times took the reins I am sure.

During this last month or two, I have had the opportunity to experience many wonderful moments from our District 5 meetings in Lubbock, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, to the Native American Women’s Conference in Prescott, Arizona. My next stop is Clear Lake Oaks, California.

During both District meetings, we tried something new this year and had supportive comments from all.

Our CPN attendees took a trip to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation website (

We focused on tribal benefits, history, legends, Seven Fires, medicine wheel and Eagle Aviary and spent a great deal of time in the language section of the website. There is so much there that we could not cover it all.

As CPN Director of Language Justin Neely says, the Potawatomi language is our history and connection as a people.

Wisest George Melot with Gene Lambert. Photo provided

I wanted to have the opportunity to show everyone how easy it is to access all the information from outside Oklahoma as to what is going on daily and the ease of access.

Most were surprised to see the stories being told by puppets and the impact it had on the children in attendance. I liked that part, too!

My suggestion was for families to go on the language portion and learn with the children. What wonderful memories you can create learning the language with them. They will remember that grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, mom and dad learned with them. The captivating puppet presentation of their Native history will be embedded in their mind. It is extremely well done while addressing language at their level.

Thanks to you Justin and your team that keeps it going.

I have been spending a great deal of time on the website myself and love to listen to the stories again and again so I can tell them exactly as they should be.

If you just learn one word a week and use it in your family daily, you could have quite the vocabulary in a years’ time. That year will pass anyway.

Amy Melot holding the youngest guest, Riley Riggs. Photo provided

I hear members say they don’t have anyone to talk to with the language. Keep it in the family in the beginning. It could be a great bonding experience.

I want to say thank you to everyone who has become a part of my life by allowing me to serve you.

Until next year, 2018, I remain grateful for my many blessings, of which you are a huge part!

Have the happiest of holidays, enjoy your families and loved ones. Don’t forget gratitude in your prayers.

Love you all,

Eunice Imogene Lambert
Representative, District 5