Potawatomi Fire honored after successful inaugural season

The Basketball League honored the Potawatomi Fire with two awards at the conclusion of their successful 2022 inaugural season. The Fire received the Jim Koch Award for Team Market of the Year. The Fire Dance Team, under the direction of Aonisty Parks, also received the Dance Team of the Year Award from TBL.

Hownikan Podcast: June 2022

This episode discusses the health and cultural importance of strawberries, and shines a light on the new Potawatomi Fire dance teams. We also talk with a Tribal member and leader who recently became director of CPN’s Workforce Development and Social Services Department.

New Fire dance teams bring the heat to Shawnee

As Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s new professional basketball team, the Potawatomi Fire, plays its debut season with The Basketball League, three dance teams packed with local talent perform by their sides. Tribal member and Toupin family descendant Piper Whitecotton is a member of the Heat, the Fire’s high school aged hip-hop dance team.

Hownikan Podcast: April 2022

This episode visits the CPN professional basketball team’s first home game, discusses Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a victim’s advocate and talks with an apparel designer and CPN employee about Native fashion.

Fire head coach looks toward history-making inaugural season

In September 2021, CPN introduced him as the head coach of one of TBL’s newest expansion teams, the Potawatomi Fire: Derrick Rowland, who most recently coached TBL’s Albany (New York) Patroons. Along with helping the next generation of players develop both personally and professionally, Rowland is excited about the chance to represent something even bigger: pride in Indigenous identity. The Fire are the first professional sports team to be owned by a tribal nation in Oklahoma.

Hownikan Podcast: October 2021

Hear about the Potawatomi Fire, CPN’s new professional basketball team and from two Tribal members – one who self-published their first comic book and another who hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney along the High Sierra Trail in California’s Sequoia National Park.

Professional basketball coming to Shawnee

Professional basketball is coming to Shawnee in 2022 with the debut of the Potawatomi Fire. The team, owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a member of The Basketball League, will play at FireLake Arena.