Live, Virtual Mezodanek Demonstration

Learn how to conduct Potawatomi research, build family trees and more through the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Cultural Heritage Center’s Mezodanek platform on May 19 from 3 to 4 p.m.   Join the virtual, Zoom event by registering here.    Please note, the Mezodanek platform is not accessible until May 2021.

CPN Housing Department requests statements of intent

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Housing Department is requesting a statement of intent from any interested Native American-owned economic enterprises or Native American organizations who wish to submit a bid or proposal for the performance of services related to the carrying out of affordable housing activities.

Finding food on the prairie

Before colonialism, the Potawatomi lived semi-nomadically as hunter-gatherers, picking Earth’s bounties seasonally. Often, they collected nuts, which provided fats and nutrients to cook, fry and survive the harsh Great Lakes’ winters. Because of the Potawatomi removals from the Great Lakes region, the Tribe not only lost ancestral lands, but it also left behind the plant Read More »

The Mad Tatter takes over tattooing in Shawnee

The Mad Tatter celebrated its two-year anniversary at the end of October, and in that time, people took notice. Inspired by the 1951 animated film, Alice in Wonderland, the tattoo shop’s interior boasts textured walls, bright colors and a different theme from the movie in every room. “We wanted to make it like you fell Read More »

Gallery remembers the Potawatomi Trail of Death

Amidst an era of increased expansion by non-Native settlers into the United States’ western frontiers, a single piece of legislation codified federal policy on the topic of removing tribal people from their lands. On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law. This legislation authorized the federal government to forcibly Read More »

America’s original sport returns to Pottawatomie County

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation invites local youth interested in taking up North America’s original sport to attend the Lacrosse Exhibition Day on Oct. 14. The event will include a two-hour instructional seminar and feature two lacrosse games between teams from Oklahoma and Texas. CPN hopes to recruit players to restart the youth lacrosse program that Read More »

Beyond the badge

Not much in life slows down Citizen Potawatomi Nation police officer Kurt Shirey. In fact, some consider him to be the Nation’s Energizer Bunny. Before coming to work at CPN, Shirey served 25 years as a City of Shawnee police officer and then became the Pottawatomie County Sheriff for seven years. He enjoyed some aspects Read More »

IT specialist Greg Watson serves country while serving the Nation

Greg Watson’s passion is connecting with people. Before becoming an information technology specialist with Citizen Potawatomi Nation in 2014, he served vital IT functions in the United States Army. Raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma, he joined the military in his late 20s. He has been on the move ever since, working in far-flung cities, states and Read More »