Community Baby Shower

Join Citizen Potawatomi Nation Workforce Development & Social Services for refreshments, community resources, education, door prizes and more on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Casino Event Center. The Community Baby Shower is free and open to the public!

Native American music series invites Potawatomi women drummers

The University of Oklahoma’s Ruggles Native American Music Series recently invited Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s women’s drumming group, De’Wegen Kwek (Our Women’s Drum), to share traditional and contemporary Potawatomi singing and drumming. De’Wegen Kwek was the first group comprised entirely of women to be featured in the Ruggles series.

Meet Officer Marcus Burris of the CPN Police Department

A desire to serve citizens and improve his community inspired Patrol Officer Marcus Burris to seek a career in law enforcement. After joining the CPN Police Department in 2020, he continues to find fulfillment in community engagement and values the partnerships CPNPD has with other law enforcement in the area.

Opal Lee, National Grandmother of Juneteenth, visits Pottawatomie County

Following a career of activism leading to the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, Opal Lee’s next project is a National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth, TX. Keen to tell the story of emancipation from every perspective, Lee visited Tribal headquarters in August to discuss the unique history of slavery and emancipation in Indian Territory.

Colorful fun educates public on domestic violence prevention

The CPN House of Hope held their very first Color Fun Run last month to kick off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 1K race provided information to participants about what domestic violence is, who is affected, and what services can be offered to provide safety and prevent future abuse.

Meet the duo helping families heat and cool their homes

CPN Workforce Development and Social Services’ Andrea Smiley and Stephanie McElfresh work together to bring CPN’s LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) benefits to local families. The program served 250 households during the 2022 cooling season.

Training offers educators empowerment and resilience

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center hosted a blanket healing exercise for education professionals in the area. The purpose of the NIEA training is to foster truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.