Tescier family descendant Christine Munoz values the chance to be a part of service to her Tribe as advanced practice registered nurse. She enjoys the holistic approach to preventative care that CPNHS provides, as well as the professional support from other nurses, doctors and staff. When she’s not caring for patients, she’s traveling the globe!
Tribal member Kaylee Almand has shown a love for animals since she was a small child, and as she finishes her junior year at Tarleton State University, she is one step closer to her goal of becoming a veterinarian. Her experience includes exhibiting goats and lambs in high school, and working with deer at Sierra Mesa Ranch.
Photographer Sharon Hoogstraten spent twelve years photographing members of the Potawatomi nations across North America dancing in their regalia to create an heirloom book, Dancing for Our Tribe. The book documents Potawatomi regalia as a “current art” while also telling Potawatomi stories of the past and present. She hopes it will inspire tribal members to create their own regalia.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Supreme Court Associate Justice Jennifer Lamirand was nominated for the prestigious Oklahoma Magazine 40 Under 40 annual awards. The publication chose her as one of the 2022 honorees in April. Lamirand focuses on tribal and Indigenous law at her employer, Crowe & Dunlevy, and is particularly interested in international law and tribal sovereignty.
Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett received three awards in 2022 at the state and national level in recognition of his career in public service, belief in servant leadership and decades-long devotion to the expansion of tribal sovereignty across the United States.
Not a traditional Native American food, fry bread originated out of necessity. In the mid-to late-1860s, the United States forcibly removed the Diné people from their ancestral homelands in what is now Arizona to present-day New Mexico. Travelers began making fry bread from the limited rations handed out by the government. Fry bread tacos were reportedly first served in a restaurant in 1964, and have since permeated Indian Country.
September 30 is International Podcast Day, established in 2015 to celebrate the power of podcasts to tell stories and connect listeners around the world. Hownikan Podcast host and producer Paige Willett shares what it takes to produce a podcast, and what inspires her about podcasting.
Bourassa descendant Ty McBride and his sister Jimmie Hodgkins use the latest technology and draw on their grandfather’s teachings to repair homes in cost effective and environmentally friendly ways.
Hannah Muller is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the thoughtful owner of Kind Collections. Through the support of the CPCDC, Muller recently expanded her embroidery business into a steady income for her and her husband.
A Tribal citizen studied engineering in Europe this summer after he was chosen for one of the most competitive and prestigious engineering internships in the country. Jake Biddy, a sophomore at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, was selected for the International Research Experiences for Students Project offered through Texas A&M University. He is hopeful his internship will influence other Native American engineering students to pursue the opportunity.