2021 brought productivity and uplifting news from CPN. Big developments ranged from new ways for Tribal members to connect digitally to an impactful agreement between local governments to improve the community’s future.
Hear about the Potawatomi Fire, CPN’s new professional basketball team and from two Tribal members – one who self-published their first comic book and another who hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney along the High Sierra Trail in California’s Sequoia National Park.
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.
The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Division of Capital Investment named the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation an Interior Insured Performance Lender.
Felicia Freeman, a CPN tribal member and commercial loan officer and certified credit counselor for the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, started a two-year term in January 2021 as state secretary of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma.
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.
The First Peoples Fund recently extended its partnership with the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation until June 2021. Between 2016 and 2020, the two organizations have assisted more than 90 Native American artists with business development training, credit counseling and asset building.
This month, we talk to CPN child prosecutor Lisa Herbert about the Tribe’s court system, hear about the annual Shop with a Cop charity event and learn about credit counseling services from the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation as well as learn winter words in Potawatomi.
The Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation has improved and grown as a resource with support from the Tribe, turning it into one of the most successful organizations of its kind in Indian Country. New CPCDC Director Cindy Logsdon hopes to add staff, double its assets and expand its offerings during her tenure.
The opportunity to open a Chick-fil-A franchise made moving back to Oklahoma possible, and in February 2015, Madison opened the restaurant’s first and only location in Shawnee.