A letter from the 2016 Miss Potawatomi

Bozho, I’d like to introduce myself as your Miss Pottawatomi Nation 2016-2017. My name is Mary Shabanaa Bush. I am a citizen of the Gun Lake Tribe. I am currently 14 years old and I am receiving my education from Wayland Union High School, where I will be a freshman this fall. I have traveled to almost every Gathering since I was Read More »

Martin’s start at FireLake puts him on the path to golf course career

Employment opportunities at Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal departments and commercial enterprises are extensive. With approximately 2,400 employees and more than 50 positions for part- and full-time positions open daily, there are ample opportunities for workers to get a foot in the door and work toward better positions. One tribal member from Meeker, Oklahoma did just that recently after departing from the staff of FireLake Golf Course. Read More »

FireLodge Tribal Youth update: October 2016

Things have stayed quite busy for the FireLodge Tribal Youth Program since the kickoff of the 2016 school year. This is the time of year we look forward to at the PLACE, with many Lyouth enrolled in extracurricular activities such as band, football, softball and color guard, just to name a few. As staff, this gives us a great opportunity to get out into Read More »

Dodoshke’wek-The first sacred food

Enedina Banks, who works in the language department at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center, has committed her life to revitalizing Potawatomi ways. One way she does this is by educating the world about the language and cultural ways of the Potawatomi people, which includes encouraging mothers to feed their children the “first sacred food” – breast milk, known as dodoshke’wek in Potawatomi. In June, Banks Read More »

PBA returns to FireLake for 2017 events

The Professional Bowlers Association’s successful relationship with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, FireLake Bowling Center and FireLake Arena will expand in 2017 when the Shawnee-based organizations will again host the PBA’s signature event, the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, and add a second to-beannounced summer event. The premier event for PBA champions will conclude on Sunday, February 19, with live ESPN Read More »

Community garden produces one ton of produce

The one-acre CPN community garden produced its first successful spring and summer crop in 2016. After several months of tilling, watering, sweating and weeding, Cultural Heritage Center Director Kelli Mosteller, Ph.D., and Assistant Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Andrew Gourd calculate that 2,000 pounds of produce were harvested and distributed this summer. “This year was very successful,” Mosteller said. “We had a lot of community involvement – not as much Read More »

William Polke’s journey on the Trail of Death

In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians in the state of Indiana were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands by order of the U.S. government. The 859 Potawatomi who started the journey travelled across Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and finally Kansas before finally arriving at their intended destination. The loss of life, 41 in total, resulted in the removal becoming Read More »

Tribal member Roy Wano puts giant U.S. flag to rest

Where does one find a 76-by-50 foot American flag nowadays?  The one man to ask is CPN’s Roy Wano, an event coordinator for the Naval Enlisted Reserve of Oklahoma, who organized a retirement ceremony at FireLake Arena in late August to officially retire the group’s gigantic American flag. Originally purchased by the organization in 1976 for around $3,000, the banner was a perfect accompaniment to Read More »

CPN flu shot clinic serves more than 1,100 community members

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services drive-thru flu shot clinic provided more than 1,100 people with free influenza vaccines on October 15. People came by car, truck, bike, motorcycle and several came on foot to First National Bank and Trust Co.’s FireLake location on Gordon Cooper Drive to get flu shots for themselves and their Read More »

CPN Veterans report: October 2016

Bozho, I came across some rules that were suggested for a good old age, but I thought they could apply to veterans or anyone at any age. The following are those rules: Use the money you’ve saved. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t keep it for those who may have no idea of the sacrifices you made to get it. Enjoy the present Read More »