This year is the 132nd anniversary of Pete Anderson’s death on December 26. He died in gunfire while assisting with the capture and arrest of members of the Bly Gang in 1890. Tommy Craig Bokegway Anderson, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member and descendant of Pete Anderson, continues to search for the burial sites of Pete and his wife Julia in present-day Oklahoma.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation received a $60,000 Tribal Heritage Grant to pursue research and restoration at the historic and sacred site of Uniontown Cemetery near Rossville, Kansas. The funds will be used to repair crumbling stone walls and gravestones at the cemetery and to conduct ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys of the area to confirm the location of a mass burial site where several Potawatomi ancestors are believed to have been buried following a cholera outbreak at Uniontown in 1849.
CPN member and Slavin family descendant Elan Pochedley spent the last year mapping and creating an interactive historical display of wild rice beds, Potawatomi reservations, and Potawatomi land patents in northern Indiana.
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Center staff via Zoom to hear about new programs and online offerings to help Tribal members build family trees, view historical documents and more!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
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.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation member and psychologist Sue Hobbs, Ph.D felt the stress of quarantine in spring 2020 but felt compelled to contribute to the global situation in a positive way.
Many Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members seek to learn more about their Native American heritage and family trees, and numerous on and offline resources exist to aid in the process.
For Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member and Pettifer family descendant Laura Scott, the pandemic opened an opportunity for her to utilize personal experience, expertise and education to fight for the greater good.