CPN celebrates 25th anniversary of name change

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.

Lankford-backed bill seeks to clarify tribal sovereignty from NLRB overreach

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 »

City Commission adds new members; some incumbents remain hostile to tribes

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 »

The illegal annexation of tribal land by the City of Shawnee

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 »