In February 1996, Citizen Potawatomi from across the United States cast their votes during a special secretarial election to reflect the Tribe’s sovereignty as a tribal nation by officially changing its name from the Citizen Band Potawatomi Tribe of Oklahoma to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
In the heart of Cowboy country, tribal sovereignty has a new home at the Oklahoma State University Center for Sovereign Nations. Initially funded through a partnership between OSU and the Chickasaw Nation, it will be a home for Native American students and those wanting to learn more about the role of Indian Nations in Oklahoma. Read More »
Challenges to tribal sovereignty come in many shapes and sizes at the local, state and federal level. A recent trend in Indian Country has been jurisdictional claims from the Washington D.C.-based National Labor Relations Board. Since 2004, the NLRB has claimed it has jurisdiction on tribal commercial enterprises, despite nearly 70 years of precedent. Court Read More »
Editor’s note: The following is an updated version of this article which ran in the Oct. 2014 print edition of the Hownikan. For many in Shawnee, Okla., the June 24, 2014 municipal elections were seen as a referendum on the city commission’s actions over the past year, including threats of litigation toward neighboring tribes. CPN Read More »
Editor’s note: On July 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to move forward with a resolution that would amend the City’s Charter regarding de-annexation applications by property owners. The move was supported by a small majority on the Commission including Mayor Wes Mainord and Vice-Mayor James Harrod and was initiated by City Commissioner Keith Hall Read More »
With 38 federally recognized Tribes, Oklahoma, formerly called Indian Territory, is home to the second largest Native American population in the United States. Tribes in the U.S. have struggled for decades to make economic dreams a reality. Those dreams include self-sustainability and the ability to care for our people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Read More »