Having a strong cultural identity and participating in traditional customs, ceremonies and other Native American practices can positively influence mental health across Indian Country and help to decrease attempted suicide across all age groups.
Paulina Davison participated in the Potawatomi Leadership Program in the summer of 2015. It helped sharpen her college experience, and she was name an Outstanding Computer Systems Engineering Graduate at Arizona State University in Spring 2018.
CPN tribal member Monroe Jeffrey made his way back to Oklahoma after retiring from his financial management job in California. Since arriving, Jeffrey has found a way to give back through his experience as the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature's treasurer.
Since being placed on the endangered species list in the early 1970s, the bald eagle population grew under protection. Today they are off the list, and the CPN Eagle Aviary works every day to make sure the important symbol for Potawatomi thrives for future generations.
Native Americans, including Potawatomi, have used beading as an art form long before European contact. Many today adorn their regalia with wonderful patterns and meaningful beaded pieces. It's never too late to learn this beautiful tradition.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation District 2 Legislator Eva Marie Carney was inspired to start a nonprofit to supply Native American students with menstrual hygiene products at school to keep them in class while on their period.