Resources highlight the Trail of Death

The Potawatomi Trail of Death began today in 1838. More than 850 Tribal members walked 660 miles from Indiana to Kansas. Written and visual records provide insight into this turbulent time and help present-day Potawatomi remember and honor their ancestors’ trials.

Potawatomi History and Research Demo

Wanting to learn more about your Potawatomi heritage and the Tribe’s history? On July 29 from 1 to 2 p.m., join Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center staff via Zoom to hear about new programs and online offerings to help Tribal members build family trees, view historical documents and more! Register for the event here: cpn.news/chcdemo

Archivist shares importance of preserving family stories

Archivist and historian Lynn Cowles created a display at the Allen J Ellender Memorial Library at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, to highlight her Potawatomi family’s past. She celebrated Native American Heritage Month in November 2020 with visitors.

Live, Virtual Mezodanek Demonstration

Learn how to conduct Potawatomi research, build family trees and more through the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center’s Mezodanek platform on May 19 from 3 to 4 p.m.   Join the virtual, Zoom event by registering here.    Please note, the Mezodanek platform is not accessible until May 2021.

Hownikan Podcast: April 2021

This episode focuses on art and history. We’ll hear from an Oklahoma folk musician and a stop-motion animation artist with new work on Netflix. The Director of CPN’s Cultural Heritage Center also discusses the history of the 1936 Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act.

Remembering Potawatomi ghost towns

From bustling pioneer settlements to oil booms and busts and growing metropolitan areas, the state of Oklahoma has undergone many changes since the Potawatomi arrived in Indian Territory in 1872. That includes the demise of many small, rural communities. Although numerous towns once existed throughout Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s jurisdiction, a few stand out.

Hownikan Podcast: March 2021

In this episode, we’ll hear about the history of the Potawatomi census book of 1862 and the Tribe’s efforts to gain ownership, an environmental activists’ stay with CPN during her journey hiking across the U.S. as well as the behavioral health department’s smoking cessation classes.

Hownikan Podcast: February 2021

We’ll hear about the history of the now CPN-owned radio station KGFF as it celebrates nearly a century in operation as well as a new program from the Tribe’s housing department to help CPN members become homeowners. The CPN Language Department also tells a traditional story about the creation of North America.

Darling family history

The Darling family’s Potawatomi ties began with the marriage of Elizabeth Ouilmette and Lucius (Louis) Ripley Darling in 1836. Darling descendants have gone on to serve in the military, establish businesses, become talented athletes and more.