During this episode, we’ll learn the basics of handgames played every year at Family Reunion Festival, practice with CPN’s women’s drum group, and meet the 2019 Potawatomi Leadership Program class.
During Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Potawatomi Leadership Program, the 10 college students chosen to experience the Tribe in a six-week, crash course internship learn a substantial amount about Potawatomi culture and businesses.
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.
CPN Office of Environmental Health environmental specialist Lexi Freeman returned to the Tribe for her career after participating in the Potawatomi Leadership Program and graduating college.
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 »
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 »
Growing up, Zoë Gustason knew about her Potawatomi ancestry but little about Tribal traditions. Raised in Big Bear Lake, California, she graduated from Tombstone High School in Arizona. As a Potawatomi Leadership Program intern, Gustason experienced a summer of self-discovery in 2016. “Going to the PLP program really, really helped me out with solidifying and Read More »
Each summer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation selects 10 promising Tribal youths who have finished high school or their freshman year of college for the Potawatomi Leadership Program.The 2018 class traveled from across thecountry and arrived June 15. PLP adviser and Department of Education Director Tesia Zientek welcomed and introduced them to their counselor, Randy Bazhaw. The Read More »