Hownikan founder, CPN Elder Beverly Hughes walks on

Amongst many others who worked for the Nation before and after the landmark 1975 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Tribal elder Beverly Hughes witnessed the changes firsthand. Elected Secretary-Treasurer in 1970, she served on the five-person Business Council, then the Tribe’s governing body.

Hownikan Podcast: May 2019

This episode includes stories from a Potawatomi elder devoted to music and someone who uses a special connection with the earth to carry on traditions. An employee at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center also discusses how to better research family lineage.

From the heart

Almost any day of the week, visitors can catch up with Bill and Marti Roberts at Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Elder Center. About 11:30 a.m. every Thursday, Marti plays piano, leading elders in singing secular, gospel and patriotic songs. There’s plenty to celebrate. Friends like Dallas “Red” Barnes join them around the piano, as does Noel Read More »

Two CPN elders honored for contributions to community, family, tribe and country

Citizen Potawatomi Nation District 10 Legislator David Barrett and longtime Intensive Services Employment Counselor and CPN Reintegration Program coordinator Burt Patadal are two of this year’s 50 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder honorees. AARP celebrated 50 elders representing the state’s 39 tribal nations at its ninth annual awards, presented Oct. 3 at the National Cowboy and Read More »