Physical copy of foundational document kept from Citizen Potawatomi Nation

The Potawatomi census book of 1862 remains a vital foundational document for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The artifact documents the Nation’s beginning, and members and staff of CPN have spent almost 15 years attempting to gain custody from the St. Marys, Kansas, historical society.

Bergeron family history

The Bergeron Potawatomi family roots begin along the Kankakee River in Bourbonnais Grove, Illinois, with Watchekee, the daughter of Potawatomi/Odawa Chief Shabonna and Monashki.

Native land rights and the Land Runs of 1891

The first Oklahoma land run took place on April 22, 1889, and established present-day Oklahoma City and Guthrie in one day. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s historical ties are with the Land Runs of 1891, which took place on Sept. 22, 23 and 28.

Remembering the Trail of Death and its impact on the Potawatomi people

More than 850 Potawatomi made the journey, and 42 perished, mostly children and elderly. Written and visual records help chronicle this trying time in the Tribe’s history, and utilizing these resources help Tribal members and others acknowledge the tenacity and resilient spirit of the Potawatomi people.

Beaubien family history

The Hownikan is featuring photographs and family histories of every founding Citizen Potawatomi family – this one includes information about the Beaubiens.

Bourassa family history

Like many French who came to North America in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Bourassa family played a role in the development of both the fur trade and French-Native American relations.

Native Americans and infectious disease

Culture, warfare and assimilation all play significant parts in the history of Native Americans and infectious disease, spanning from the 1600s to present day.

Hownikan Podcast: July 2020

In this episode, we talk to CPN’s Tribal Court Chief Justice about current civil rights issues, hear from a Tribal member about an unexpected turn in her employment, and learn how CPN Department of Education funding helped a student discover more about himself and his passions.

Hownikan Podcast: June 2020

This episode takes a look at the history of Native Americans and infectious disease, how the CPN human resources department has adapted during the coronavirus pandemic and a new United States Department of Agriculture program helping get food to Tribal members in Kansas.