Remembering Uniontown

After the Potawatomi arrived in present-day Kansas, Indian agents R.W. Cummins and A.J. Vaughan established a pay station and trading post at Uniontown located south of the Kansas River and west of present-day Topeka, Kansas. The settlement served as a commercial hub for Tribal members, and its position along the Oregon-California Trail made it a Read More »

Tribal Chairman Barrett honored as one of Oklahoma’s most admired CEOs

The Embassy Suites in downtown Oklahoma City was filled with some of the state’s well-known public, private and non-profit leaders on Feb. 18 for The Journal Record newspaper’s “Most Admired CEOs” award banquet. Amongst those honored for their leadership was Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s John “Rocky” Barrett, who has led the Nation to incredible growth in Read More »

CPN’s Potawatomi Leadership Program receives High Honors from Harvard’s Honoring Nations

 Since Harvard’s Honoring Nations program began recognizing excellence in Indian Country in 1999, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has been awarded four times for its progress. The work of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation was recognized in 2006, and in 2010 the Tribe’s constitutional reforms received honors. In 2013, the Tribe gained additional accolades for Read More »

Chairman Barrett speaks on the City of Shawnee sales tax demands

Bozho Nikan, (Hello, my friend)Tribes and City government disputes seldom make headlines. Most recently, and unfortunately, they have. The sales tax controversy in which the City of Shawnee is attempting to tax the four tribes near town, particularly the retail operations at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is heating up. What people may be missing is Read More »

Looking back at 2013

Bozho Nikan, I hope that each of you had a joyous Christmas and New Year and that you took the time to connect with your families and share in our Potawatomi traditions. As we begin 2014 we can reflect on the joys and sorrows on the previous year. Although I have always enjoyed serving as Read More »