Grilling tips for the summer

  The cold is gone and the heat will soon be on. With spring and summer coming, many people are asking themselves, “What am I going to do, grill or smoke?” As one of the main organizers for the FireLake BBQ Cook-off, even I always have a hard time deciding, as I like both. Whatever Read More »

FireLake Discount Food’s Kay Bruce reflects on 25 years in the grocery business

  Although tribes have started to build a diverse portfolio of businesses, a grocery store isn’t usually the first thing that come mind. However, for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation grocery has been a booming business and FireLake Discount Foods is the largest tribally-owned grocery store in America. Helping making sure FireLake Discount Foods customers’ needs Read More »

City of Shawnee campaign continues despite meeting with tribes

At its latest meeting on April 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to request formal mediation with other parties regarding sales tax collection. Despite concerns from two city commissioners about the high costs of retaining an out-of-state law firm to perform duties as Agents of the Oklahoma Read More »

BBQ cook-off, family activities scheduled for March 29

Grab the family and enjoy some of the best barbecue in the region at the Third Annual FireLake BBQ Contest on March 29. More than 40 competitors will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and guests can sample numerous recipes including beef brisket, chicken and pork. Competitors from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas will battle Read More »

City of Shawnee demands unwarranted tax revenue

City of Shawnee, Okla. officials recently delivered a letter to the four Native American Tribes in the city asking that tribes begin paying a three percent city sales tax on goods sold to non-tribal members. The letter claimed that sales tax for the City was decreasing as Tribal enterprises were growing. In an investigation into Read More »