For Tribal member and Personal Trainer Jessie James Whitney, personal efforts to live a balanced life inspire him to help others develop healthy habits. Whitney teaches a group fitness class every Friday at noon and has scheduled client appointments throughout the week at CPN’s FireLake Wellness Center.
Nationally, about 6 million children have asthma, or roughly one in every 12. According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Asthma Control Program, the pediatric numbers are slightly higher in Oklahoma.
College freshman and Tribal member Joey Otey studies human resource management at Wichita State University and participates in the student-led consulting agency Barton International Group, helping him quickly find his place on campus.
This episode includes stories from a Potawatomi elder devoted to music and someone who uses a special connection with the earth to carry on traditions. An employee at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center also discusses how to better research family lineage.
Amber Alsterlund enjoys spending time with her horse and best friend, Six. In October 2018, the two came in sixth in barrel racing at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, marking one of their most significant accomplishments.
One-third of the children in foster care in Oklahoma are reported to be Native American. Some of the children are Potawatomi and placed in non-Native American homes. FireLodge Children & Family Services strives to place children in culturally appropriate situations.
CPN Tribal Supreme Court Chief Justice Angela Riley is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Indian Economic Development's Honoring Nations program, which recognizes tribal governments’ successes in self-governance.