Under new ownership by Tribal member Jamie Hubble, the Oklahoma City company Haley’s Carpet expanded to Shawnee, close to Tribal headquarters. Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation Market and Facilities Manager TaRena Reece visited the new store. Hubble sought help from the CPCDC to make the expansion happen.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s community garden, Gtegemen (We Grow It), stands as a testament to the Tribe’s endeavors to revitalize Potawatomi agricultural customs. Garden staff educate the public through work parties and the development of a heritage seed library.
The FireLake Fireflight Balloon Fest, Oklahoma's biggest balloon festival of 2019, brings live performers, family-friendly activities, fireworks, and a hunting and fishing expo as well as a display of 25 hot air balloons and more this August.
Toupin family descendant Karen Whitecotton previously served as the director of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center. She now runs her own consulting business, Heritage Museum Services LLC, and recently accepted the position of OKPOP director of collections.
As the last heritage fluent Potawatomi speaker for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Don Perrot began helping Citizen Potawatomi Nation members learn the language in the mid-1970s. He was raised in a traditional community in Wisconsin and always wanted to pass on the oral traditions of Potawatomi culture.
Author and Tribal member Kaitlin Curtice uses words as a source of inspiration and grounding. In 2011, she began writing professionally, publishing her first book in 2017. Its success encouraged her to keep writing, and Curtice recently completed the first draft of her second book that plays on a sense of belonging and incorporates her viewpoints as a modern Christian and Native woman.
The annual powwow is the main event of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s summertime Family Reunion Festival. Several powwow rules regarding clothing, personal space and dancing exist. Knowing these expectations makes participating more comfortable and fun.