Beyond the badge

Not much in life slows down Citizen Potawatomi Nation police officer Kurt Shirey. In fact, some consider him to be the Nation’s Energizer Bunny. Before coming to work at CPN, Shirey served 25 years as a City of Shawnee police officer and then became the Pottawatomie County Sheriff for seven years. He enjoyed some aspects Read More »

Tribal land detachment fails despite no opposing public comments

On January 20, 2015, City of Shawnee commissioners denied a request from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to detach its tribal lands south of the North Canadian River. The hearing on the issue was ordered by a Pottawatomie County judge after a city court clerk denied the tribe’s Sept. 10, 2014 detachment request. Shawnee City Clerk Read More »

Concerning the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s detachment

Here are the facts about the City of Shawnee’s actions towards the lands held in trust by the United States Federal Government belonging to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution vests Congress the authority to engage in relations with Native American tribal governments. Challenges to this principle began Read More »

City of Shawnee update: December 2014

At the October 6 Shawnee City Commission meeting, Commissioner Keith Hall opened proceedings by saying he wished to clarify the intent of a motion he had made at a previous meeting. That motion called for possible action in investigating a conflict of interest between commissioners and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Hall claimed that he had Read More »

CPN stands against Propositions 1 & 2

Local friends and CPN members, On November 4 those of you living in Shawnee will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 1 & 2 to amend the Shawnee City Charter on detachment issues. If passed, these charter changes will have a negative impact on our community. Although this was directed at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Read More »

City Commission adds new members; some incumbents remain hostile to tribes

Editor’s note: The following is an updated version of this article which ran in the Oct. 2014 print edition of the Hownikan. For many in Shawnee, Okla., the June 24, 2014 municipal elections were seen as a referendum on the city commission’s actions over the past year, including threats of litigation toward neighboring tribes. CPN Read More »

The illegal annexation of tribal land by the City of Shawnee

Editor’s note: On July 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to move forward with a resolution that would amend the City’s Charter regarding de-annexation applications by property owners. The move was supported by a small majority on the Commission including Mayor Wes Mainord and Vice-Mayor James Harrod and was initiated by City Commissioner Keith Hall Read More »