Then and now: 50 years of Festival

The annual Family Reunion Festival is part of a 50-year history of celebrations held at CPN grounds — but the Festival of today looks much different than when it began as the Potawatomi Intertribal Powwow in 1972. This article tells how Family Reunion Festival came to be.

Extend your stay for Family Reunion Festival!

Extending a trip to Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Family Reunion Festival presents the perfect opportunity to explore the greater Oklahoma City metro area, and CPN is close to it all.

Hownikan Podcast: May 2022

This episode focuses on Behavioral Health Awareness Month and the societal stigma of having behavioral health issues. We also meet the only Citizen Potawatomi Nation member serving in the Oklahoma legislature and hear about a study on tribal economic impact in Oklahoma.

New Fire dance teams bring the heat to Shawnee

As Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s new professional basketball team, the Potawatomi Fire, plays its debut season with The Basketball League, three dance teams packed with local talent perform by their sides. Tribal member and Toupin family descendant Piper Whitecotton is a member of the Heat, the Fire’s high school aged hip-hop dance team.

Native fashion makes headlines, brings Indigenous beauty to forefront

In a time of fast fashion when customers often wear runway-inspired items a few times and discard them, many Indigenous designers and producers focus on creating unique pieces that stand the test of trends. Designer Leslie Deer, who is also the Cultural Activities Coordinator at CPN’s Cultural Heritage Center, prefers to make timeless pieces.

Meet foster care parents Brit and Amber Hembree

When it comes to caring for area foster children, one Shawnee, Oklahoma, family makes community the priority. Brit and Amber Hembree provide guidance and support for children in their greatest time of need as foster parents through Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s FireLodge Children and Family Services.

Being and doing Potawatomi

Tribal member Kevin Roberts shares his journey to understanding what it means to say “Bodewadmi Ndaw!”

Hownikan Podcast: April 2022

This episode visits the CPN professional basketball team’s first home game, discusses Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a victim’s advocate and talks with an apparel designer and CPN employee about Native fashion.

Family tradition helps Oklahoma wrestler find success

High school sophomore and Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Lane Gourley took his 33-8 season record to the Oklahoma state wrestling tournament on February 26, representing Little Axe High School in the 3A division. Lane took fourth place in his 220 lb. weight class.