District 6 – Rande K. Payne

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season. I want to start with declaring my candidacy for the District 6 Legislative seat. It’s a decision I made after considerable thought and consideration. After Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett’s successful re-election bid last year and Vice-Chairman Linda Capps decision to run again, Read More »

District 5 – Gene Lambert

Bozho (Hello), As our new year kicks off this month, I have to wonder what happened to last year. There is so much to be thankful for and to celebrate. We brought in a new state to our District 5, Nebraska, and had to give up Utah for the redistricting keeping an even count on Read More »

District 4 – Jon Boursaw

Bozho (Hello), Peggy and I hope each of you had a joyful and safe holiday season. 2018 objectives Unfortunately, my primary objectives remain basically unfulfilled. These include the return of the 1862 Potawatomi census book to the Nation, which I also wrote about a year ago in my January 2017 column and have advocated for Read More »

District 3 – Bob Whistler

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), I hope that everyone had a wonderful and joyous holiday season. As mentioned in my December column, I attended the National Congress of American Indians in Milwaukee in October. At this event, there are always many suppliers and contacts from various areas. I especially like to look at the jewelry and Read More »

District 2 – Eva Marie Carney

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), Warm greetings for a sweet new year I wish you a new year filled with peace, good health and good family times. I am hopeful that each of us will gain more knowledge about our Potawatomi heritage and be more giving of our time and talents during 2018. My time serving Read More »

District 12 – Paul Schmidlkofer

Bozho nikan (Hello friend), I hope all of you have a pleasant and enjoyable holiday. It is the time of year where we all get busy. But it is also the time of year we normally get to see all of our family, which is probably the best part. I enjoy seeing mine and especially Read More »

District 10 – David Barrett

Bozho (Hello), Recently, I came across an article by Natasha Lees in which she suggested 10 things to be grateful for at Christmastime. She said, “Christmastime is a time for being grateful for all of the things in life that we are fortunate to have.” She recognized that “family is everything. … Just think about Read More »

District 9 – Paul Wesselhöft

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), Nov. 11, France celebrated the 100th anniversary of the American intervention in World War I on the Western Front. In celebration of this year’s Armistice Day, State Representative Travis Dunlap and I lead a delegation from Oklahoma to France that attended several celebrations. French President Emmanuel Macron invited the two of Read More »

District 8 – Dave Carney

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am writing this column for publication in December, but it is a week and a half before Thanksgiving and the day after our Fall Feast. However, it is my only opportunity to wish you and your family my best wishes for the holidays. Last Read More »

District 7 – Mark Johnson

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), The holiday season is here, and our families will again be gathering together in celebration. December is a special time of year for a lot of reasons. For me, it marks the time of year when I can, as a general rule, slow down and take a deep breath at work Read More »