Program connects students with Potawatomi heritage

The CPN Department of Education held the second annual Coming into the Circle event, a program designed to introduce high school students to the Tribe’s language, history, cultural practices and resources.

2024 Juneteenth Art Contest

Submissions for the 2024 Juneteenth Art Contest are now being accepted. The contest is open to any student grade 4 through 12 at any school. Winners will be selected from 4th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade age groups.

Watson named director of CPN Department of Education

Rachel Watson, a member of the Navarre family, was named director of the CPN Department of Education at the beginning of 2024. Watson attended Oklahoma City Public Schools, then completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they majored in history and minored in German. At the University of Pennsylvania, Watson received a CPN scholarship to help cover some of the costs as they earned a master’s degree in Education, Culture and Society.

Szupica receives 2023 Michael John Kennedy Scholarship

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation awarded the 2023 Michael John Kennedy Scholarship to Bourassa family member and University of North Carolina student Casimir Szupica. Now a senior, Szupica is studying geology with plans to graduate in the spring and commission into the United States Army as a second lieutenant in the chemical corps.

CPN hosts Tribal Education Forum

Citizen Potawatomi Nation hosted the Tribal Education Departments’ Forum (TED Forum) at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in November. Representatives from a variety of tribes and organizations presented information to educators from around the state, offering insight into what sort of services and opportunities are available for schools and Indigenous youth.

Coming into the Circle

CPN High School students are invited to join us for a day of learning about CPN history, culture, traditions as well as the many resources available to students. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early!

Window to close soon for PLP applications

The window will be closing soon for the chance for Potawatomi youth to apply for this summer’s Potawatomi Leadership Program. The program, which welcomes college-aged Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal members, will run from June 14 to July 27, 2024.

Mdamen prepares for third session

The application period for Mdamen, an eight-week leadership program, opened on Oct. 1, 2023. This is the third session of the virtual program, which helps Citizen Potawatomi Nation members establish and maintain a strong connection to their heritage. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2023.