Ertz's Native American cultural and family connections run deep. She grew up in rural South Dakota, and her father is a psychologist as well. Watching him serve other people during her childhood influenced the decision to choose behavioral health.
Blue Zones Project in Pottawatomie County celebrated Citizen Potawatomi Nation FireLake Discount Foods’ recent designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite with a ribbon cutting celebration in November 2019.
During bbon (winter) Potawatomi have participated in a variety of activities for centuries, including games like snow snake, storytelling and more that bring the community and families together to pass time and stay warm during the coldest months of the year.
Shane D. Jett, CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, recently received the 2019 Visionary Leader Award in recognition for his contributions to the Native community development financial institutions industry.
The 2018 Government Accountability Office report stated that there was a 27 percent difference between Indian and non-Indian communities in terms of access to broadband service. That means an estimated 35 percent of Americans living on tribal lands lack access to broadband services, compared to 8 percent of all Americans.
Technological upgrades to 911 software and hardware are becoming an essential component of emergency response. Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation named CPN a recipient of 911 Grant Program funds, assigned for improvements to the county system.