District 7 – Mark Johnson

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), As the air in California starts to clear from the summer’s fires and the hints of the fall season are upon us, it is good to take the time to reflect on our families and our heritage. November is recognized in the United States as Native American Heritage Month, and it Read More »

District 7 – Mark Johnson

Bozho nikanek, (Hello friends) In my July article, I wrote about my grandfather David Johnson’s trunk on display at the Cultural Heritage Center. It was his school trunk assigned to him when he attended the Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and contained all of his worldly possessions at the time. With schools back in Read More »

District 7 – Mark Johnson

Bozho nikan (Hello friend), The 2018 Potawatomi Leadership Program application period is now open and closes on April 2. Every summer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation welcomes eight to 10 tribal members between ages 18-20 to learn about the Tribe’s government, economic development and culture. I would like to encourage our District 7 members to apply for Read More »

District 7 – Mark Johnson

Bozho nikanek (Hello friends), Since I announced in last month’s article that I would be seeking re-election as your District 7 Legislator, I thought I would talk about what is important to me. I just entered my 38th year as a firefighter and public servant, and serving others before myself was something I was born Read More »

Mark Johnson Q&A

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation?  “It is at the core of who I am as a person. I was raised with the stories of our proud people and of thestruggles of our family. I was raised to respect our culture and heritage, and to serve Read More »

Fresno, California’s Michael Bourbonnais seeks to keep tradition alive in District 7 run

Not all stories start off the same, and Michael Bourbonnais’ certainly began in a unique manner. The challenger for District 7’s legislative seat started off his interview by introducing himself in the Potawatomi language. “Bozho. Nin se Michael Bourbonnais. Mnogabwumko Nishnabé ndeshnekas. California ndoch bya. Fresno édayan. Bodéwadmi ndaw. Shishibéniyek ndebendagwes.” Roughly translated, it means Read More »

District 7 incumbent Mark Johnson carrying on family tradition

Serving as a representative for any legislative body can be a challenging role. But being a legislative representative for a government as unique as the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a test all on its own. With tribal members scattered across the United States, legislators outside Oklahoma face enormous logistical challenges in getting tribal members services Read More »

Candidates set for June 2014 tribal election: District 7 preview

Citizen Potawatomi in the Western sections of the U.S. will choose legislators in the June tribal election at the 2014 Family Reunion Festival. Vice Chairman Linda Capps, Secretary-Treasurer D. Wayne Trousdale, District 5 Legislator Gene Lambert and District 6 Legislator Rande Payne all will be running unopposed. In-person voting will commence June 28 during the Read More »