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.

Department of Education hosts celebration for CPN graduates

The annual CPN Department of Education Graduation Celebration welcomes graduates of various degree programs and their families back to the CPN Cultural Heritage Center for a meal, gifts, drumming and celebration. The department cherishes the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of Tribal members and scholarship recipients, and to connect graduates with their Tribe.

Students blend virtual, real worlds in after-school program

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Oklahoma State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences Mixed Reality Lab recently completed a pilot program that brings digital design technologies to Native students at tribal schools, including CPN’s Child Development Center after-school program.

New program puts students on technical school fast track

The U.S. Department of Education awards millions of dollars for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program each year. In 2021, Citizen Potawatomi Nation received funds as one of 39 federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations and Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded schools to advance educational and career opportunities for Indigenous peoples and their communities.

New lesson plans fill gap on Potawatomi history

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Department of Education began composing lesson plans about Potawatomi history in 2021. The first one tells the story of the Potawatomi Trail of Death.

Hownikan Podcast: November 2021

During this episode, we’ll hear about Oklahoma’s Ida’s Law as it goes into effect and a new lesson plan on the Potawatomi Trail of Death for K through 12 students. We’ll also listen back to an interview with a Potawatomi Navy member who served during WWII to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

Tribal member honored through memorial scholarship

Citizen Potawatomi Nation veterans have a legacy of service to their country and Tribe. For Michael John Kennedy, his giving spirit lives on even after his passing in late May 2021 through a newly formed memorial scholarship.

Educational curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade

The CPN Department of Education is developing a resource for teachers anywhere who would like to incorporate Potawatomi history into their classroom and aims to provide ready-made, vetted lesson plans for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Oklahoma middle schoolers’ work lifts off into outer space

CPN member Addison Taylor & science partner Mayzie Burke won the chance to send their experiment to the International Space Station. They advanced to the finals competition in their age group. After presenting for the last time on Dec. 6, 2019, they found out they won in Jan. 2020.