As a child in upstate New York, Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Barbara Wall, Ph.D., spent her time in and around the water. Wall now works as an assistant professor in the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Her research focuses on water, specifically the Great Lakes region, which is Potawatomi homeland.
Environmental studies and sciences professor Barbara Wall loves, researches and teaches about water from an Indigenous perspective.
Ensuring future generations have access to safe water supplies requires a few simple rules and everyday actions to help improve the quality of one of life’s essential substances.
CPN Director of Public Works Richard Kunze was recently named the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce’s Agribusiness Person of the Year. It was recognition a long time in coming, especially considering a portion of his nomination stemmed from a somewhat contentious vote on a county sales tax in the 1990s. Kunze is a familiar face Read More »
CPN’s Department of Environmental Protection recently secured funding for the next fiscal year through a Performance Partnership Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant combines funds from EPA’s Indian General Assistance Program and Clean Water Act Section 106 Tribal Water Pollution Prevention Program. DEP will use the funds to conduct monthly baseline surface Read More »
In 2006, Citizen Potawatomi Nation started its own Department of Environmental Protection with the purpose of protecting the CPN Tribal jurisdiction by maintaining, observing and safeguarding the quality of surface water resources. Environmental specialists Micah Isaacs and Jody Johnson spend much of their work weeks on or in the various Tribal-supervised waterways collecting samples. “The Read More »
Konawa, Okla. has been especially hard hit by the Oklahoma drought in recent years. Like many rural municipalities across the state, aging utility infrastructure combined with environmental issues have left the small Seminole County town without water on several occasions in the past two years. With the wells that feed the town’s water supplies running Read More »