Land acknowledgments foster education, allyship

Some academics and Native-focused nonprofits encourage land acknowledgements as a way to engage with the Indigenous peoples upon whose property their work and lives depend. These statements exist with various purposes and potentials.

Veterans report: September 2021

The CPN Veterans Organization discuss upcoming events, opportunities for the color guard to present the colors and this month’s organization meeting.

Potawatomi Leadership Program Class of 2021 – Part 2

The 2021 Potawatomi Leadership Program participants spent the summer learning about the Citizen Potawatomi Nation virtually due to the pandemic. The 2021 class consisted of 23 members, and the Hownikan asked every participant some introductory questions.

First Americans Museum celebrates opening weekend

After decades of being hindered by inconsistent funding and bureaucratic red tape, the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City opens to the public Sept. 18 and 19. The weekend includes tours, demonstrations, performances, family activities and more.

Potawatomi in the White House

Charles Curtis was the first person of color to serve as the United States’ second in command. A citizen of the Kaw Nation, he became the nation’s vice president in 1929 under President Herbert Hoover. Lesser known is Curtis’ Potawatomi lineage.

Tribal member honored through memorial scholarship

Citizen Potawatomi Nation veterans have a legacy of service to their country and Tribe. For Michael John Kennedy, his giving spirit lives on even after his passing in late May 2021 through a newly formed memorial scholarship.

CPCDC partnership supports Shawnee growth

With the help of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, Gathering Place Coffee Co. owners Rebecca and Jonathan Hilton and Jesse and Callie Ingram offer Shawnee more than just a space to grab a cup of joe.

Resources highlight the Trail of Death

The Potawatomi Trail of Death began today in 1838. More than 850 Tribal members walked 660 miles from Indiana to Kansas. Written and visual records provide insight into this turbulent time and help present-day Potawatomi remember and honor their ancestors’ trials.

Students benefit from summer programs

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Workforce Development & Social Services department recently wrapped up a busy summer full of activities to help youth learn and participate in their Native heritage and build professional skills. Outreach programs included a V-STEM camp, book club, law and policy, work placements and more.

Like father, like son

Veteran and Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Brian Walker completed a potential Texas first when his father Judge Scott Walker swore him in as a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas during the January 2021 investiture.