During this episode, we’ll hear from the 2022 Potawatomi Leadership Program class about their experience and ideas for the Tribe’s future, celebrate International Podcast Day and talk to an Oklahoma City musician about his upcoming album.

Leadership program participants reflect on 2022 session

Each year, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation welcomes several college-age Tribal members to Shawnee, Oklahoma to learn about the Nation’s culture, history and government. While the Potawatomi Leadership Program participants are engaged in the immersive 6-week course, they may also gain a strengthened connection to their Tribe. CPN Public Information Communications Coordinator Mary Leaver spent time getting to know the 2022 class this past summer.

2022 Class Potawatomi Leadership Program

“Everything was so cool to learn, and it was just really exciting. But then also at the (Family Reunion Festival) powwow, like, I remember I’d gone to powwows, like when I was in the fifth grade and when I was in seventh grade, my family when to one. And I didn’t dance in Grand Entry in fifth grade. I thought it was so cool, but I didn’t have any regalia. So getting to dance in regalia and getting to make my regalia has been really powerful for me,” said Anna Korzeniewski.

For more information about the PLP, email college@potawatomi.org or visit plp.potawatomi.org.

Meet your host: behind the scenes of the Hownikan Podcast

Believe it or not, Hownikan Podcast is in its fourth season this year. Podcasting has become such a big source of news and information in the last decade that there is now an International Podcast Day. We thought we’d have a little fun with it, and Communications Coordinator Rachel Vishanoff and host Paige Willett sat down to talk about podcasting.

Hownikan Podcast host Paige Willett interviews participants at a Cultural Heritage Center class during the 2022 Family Reunion Festival.
Hownikan Podcast host Paige Willett interviews Tribal members during the 2022 Family Reunion Festival.

“I love sitting around and just listening to people tell their stories. And I love writing about them, but I also love capturing people’s voices. You get a whole other dynamic to the story when you can hear someone telling it,” Willett said.

If you have feedback, story ideas or just want to chat about the podcast, email hownikan@potawatomi.org.

Oklahoma City musician tells complex story through song

Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Jesse Alan Horn epitomizes a working musician. Some weekends, he plays five shows at venues across the larger Oklahoma City area, and on Monday, he wakes up and starts the process of filling his month all over again.

Musician Jesse Alan Ford performs at bars and venues around the Oklahoma City metro several times a week.

Watching Horn play, it becomes apparent he is most comfortable behind a microphone.

“There’s like an energy. It’s weird. An atmosphere that you can create that gives everybody a good, positive vibe, you know? And working with other musicians that feel that with you, it’s moving. Adrenaline. It’s just really powerful. And I don’t know; I’m kind of addicted to it. It’s so cool.”

Follow the release of his upcoming album, BOLO, and hear Jesse Alan Horn’s single Nobody on all streaming services. Find more information on his career and upcoming shows at jessealan.com.

Learning Language

It’s time for Learning Language, when the CPN Language Department joins us to teach vocabulary, songs, stories and more. In this segment, department director Justin Neely goes over some art vocabulary.

Learning Language – September 2022

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

Hownikan Podcast is produced and distributed by Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Public Information Department. Subscribe to Hownikan Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud and wherever you find your favorite shows. Find digital editions of the Tribal newspaper here.