In today’s episode, we’ll discuss an award recently granted to the Tribe’s community development financial institution, hear from a Nashville musician who was discovered by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and learn some tips and tricks for self-care.

Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation labeled insured performance lender

In fall 2020, the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development’s Division of Capital Investment named the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation as an Interior Insured Performance Lender.

The Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation adds to their list of achievements with the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development’s Interior Insured Performance Lender.

A division of the U.S. Department of Interior, the OIEE named the CPCDC as the only Native community development financial institution with the title in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. CEO Cindy Logsdon being a performance lender means expectations are high.

“It shows that we’re active in Indian Country and in lending and kind of sets us aside as being one of the largest non-Native non-bank Native CDFIs in the nation. So it means that we perform at a high level, and that’s quite an honor,” she said.

Find the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation online at or on Facebook at @CPNCDFI.

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon shines a light on Nashville musician

After a disappointing 2020, Tribal member Thad Cockrell anticipated the end of his music career. The pandemic put an end to touring, closed venues, forced reductions in recording studio staff and more. At his home in Nashville in early January 2021, he wrote down his new year’s resolutions. High on the list: find a new job.

The next day he received a phone call from his manager with a request to be the musical guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

After appearing on The Tonight Show, Tribal member Thad Cockrell continues to make a career in music despite hardships throughout the pandemic. (Photo provided)

“It wasn’t just a win for me. It was a win for a lot of people, a lot of the artist community. It felt like a win for them, which you couldn’t want anything more,” Cockrell said.

Find Thad Cockrell online at He is on Instagram @thad_cockrell, Facebook @ThadCockrellMusic and Twitter @thadcockrell. Watch his performance on The Tonight Show at

Self-care brings together modern, traditional ways to focus on the individual

As a licensed professional counselor, Rickey Whisenhunt works with Citizen Potawatomi Nation Behavioral Health patients on their self-care and affirmations as tools to improve their mental health. He encourages people to spend time on themselves and create new habits.

“You’re not turning all the lights off, getting all the electronics turned off and relaxing your body at an appropriate time. Sometimes we do adjustments in schedules in counseling to begin our treatment … to get our sleep in and get healthier habits so self-care is implemented.”

Find out more about Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Behavioral Health services at

Learning Language

It’s time for Learning Language, when the CPN Language Department joins us to teach vocabulary, songs, stories and more. To continue with our theme of self-care and affirmations, Language Department Director Justin Neely will now teach us some vocabulary and meanings behind some more positive words in Potawatomi.

Learning Language May 2021

For more information and opportunities with language, including self-paced classes, visit You can find an online dictionary at as well as videos on YouTube. There are also Potawatomi courses on the language-learning app Memrise.

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