In March 2019, Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Trae Trousdale became the first Native American to hold the position of Oklahoma City University Student Government Association president in the school’s history.
During this episode, we’ll learn about the relationship between humans and butterflies, hear from a Tribal member who has been exploring her ancestry and Tribal culture and learn some Potawatomi words about spring.
This episode contains stories of Tribal members and CPN departments contributing to the greater community — from enacting change through leadership roles to making communication easier and encouraging others to connect with their culture through music.
The 10 members of each Potawatomi Leadership Program class are required to present a final project, which is a major goal of their time with Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
The 2019 PLP class stretches from coast to coast; the participants attend colleges from Florida to Washington. Their career goals range from sports journalist to surgeon, and their personalities vary just as widely.
Paulina Davison participated in the Potawatomi Leadership Program in the summer of 2015. It helped sharpen her college experience, and she was name an Outstanding Computer Systems Engineering Graduate at Arizona State University in Spring 2018.
Gage Johnson’s life gained speed following his summer as a member of the Potawatomi Leadership Program class of 2013. Several major events happened in a short time: getting married, graduating college, obtaining a degree-related job and becoming a parent. No matter what life throws his way, he faces it all with diligence. Making ministry After Read More »
Each summer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Potawatomi Leadership Program culminates with project presentations. The PLP counselors paired the class of 2018 together early in the six-week internship, and the participants then began thinking of ways to expand the Nation’s economic, cultural or governmental scope while integrating their interests. After discussing their ideas with their mentors, the Read More »
Every year, the Tribe selects 10 students from across the country for the Potawatomi Leadership Program. The PLP, recognized by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, brings together young Tribal members to learn about the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. This year’s group traveled from as far as Vashon, Washington, and as near as Tecumseh, Read More »
Meliah Macon loves all things Japanese. She began admiring the culture’s beauty and eccentricities at a young age. She moved to Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan, two years ago. She now lives in Chiba City, Chiba. She attended the Potawatomi Leadership Program at CPN headquarters the first time she left home and studied part of her culture Read More »