New, virtual technology removes court system’s barriers

During the coronavirus pandemic, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court and other departments welcomed changes and additional responsibilities. CPN’s District Court maintained operations throughout 2020 with no major pauses.

FAQs about fostering and adopting Potawatomi children

With support from FireLodge Children & Family Services, many Citizen Potawatomi Nation foster children successfully and safely return to their families. FireLodge answered some questions frequently asked by prospective families interested in fostering and adopting Potawatomi children.

Remembering the 1887 Dawes Act’s impact

Feb. 8, 2021, marks 134 years since President Grover Cleveland signed The Dawes General Allotment Act. This policy divided tribal land into individual holdings, and it included provisions for opening the leftover plots to non-Native settlement.

Growth through the ashes of disaster

It took around six to eight months for Shawnee Cleaners & Linen to reopen their doors after a disastrous fire. Throughout the last few years, things have begun looking up for the Yancey family, and in December of 2019, they opened two new locations with the help of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, expanding to three across two cities.

Haaland’s Interior nomination heralds change in cabinet appointments

The Biden administration’s choice of Congresswoman Deb Haaland was historic in terms of nominating an enrolled tribal citizen to a full cabinet position. If confirmed by the Senate, the Laguna Pueblo citizen would be the first Native American to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Keeping it ultra-cold: CPNHS rolls out COVID-19 vaccines

Within days of emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services began receiving and administering vaccines to combat the coronavirus in central Oklahoma.

Health care training built to improve dementia patient care

OU Health invited representatives from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation along with Indian Health Services and a handful of other Oklahoma tribes to help shape the curriculum for training efforts to improve dementia patient care overseen by the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network.

Hownikan Podcast: January 2021

We’ll hear information regarding CPN Health Services COVID-19 vaccine distribution and the 5 love languages for kids and families. Also, a Tribal member who is an author and radio show host talks about his recently found spirituality.

Kchemko gises — Big Bear Moon — at the CPN Eagle Aviary

During this time, many of the CPN Eagle Aviary residents are building nests, and the pairs there have become more territorial and vocal while defending their space. Everyone’s appetite has increased. Many times, they forecast the weather better than the local meteorologists.

Bruno family history

Each month leading up to June, the Hownikan will feature the history and background of each scheduled honored family selected for the 2021 Family Reunion Festival, including the Bruno, Darling, Hardin, Higbee, Lewis, Nadeau, Slavin and Smith families. The first in this series is the Bruno family. Like many French-Canadian settlers with ties to the Potawatomi, the Brunos were once successful fur traders and trappers.