Tribal member Cheyenne Branscum created the Geo Team program in 2018, which encourages minority students often not exposed to STEM subjects as academic focal points to lead independent research projects in one of the areas.
Brandy and Michael Morton began operating M’s Dispensary in downtown Shawnee, Oklahoma, as a way to give back to the community. They donate a portion of the company’s monthly profits to local homeless outreach efforts and offer continuing education courses to show the health benefits of cannabis.
Longtime Tribal Vice-Chairman Linda Capps was honored with one of Shawnee, Oklahoma’s most prestigious public service awards on Feb. 18 at the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. For her long service to the local community, Vice-Chairman Capps received the Gordon Richards, Sr. Service award. The award is dedicated to longtime Shawnee resident and founder Read More »
Hundreds lined up along Gordon Cooper Drive to collect free Thanksgiving turkeys and meals from the Shawnee Rescue Mission. Looking out at the long line of patrons waiting patiently to collect groceries, Shawnee Rescue Mission Director Glenn Blankenship explained that with Thanksgiving falling at end of the month, many of those in line have already Read More »
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation had a $540 million impact in Oklahoma for 2014. CPN directly supported 2,100 jobs and paid $78.6 million in wages and benefits. CPN indirectly supported thousands more jobs and boosted local economies by making purchases of more than $212 million on goods and services. Tribal economic impact has grown nearly $500 Read More »
Gordon Cooper Drive, named after Shawnee’s most notable export besides Brad Pitt, runs south from the edge of town at the North Canadian River and into the jurisdiction of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Contrary to some municipally-owned roads in the town’s southern periphery which show signs of disrepair, stretches of Gordon Cooper Drive down to Read More »
Counter tops, window sills, showers, fire places, and other stone pieces are the specialties of Sooner Stoneworks LLC, a Native American-owned business in Shawnee, Okla. Owners Scott Patten and Steve Taylor chiseled their company from the former Sooner Marble, Granite, and Tile. After some initial financing from the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, today, the Read More »
Starting a new business is always a daunting prospect, while maintaining steady growth is an entirely different matter with its own set of challenges. Mark and Cindy Cheatwoods’ Shawnee-based small business, MC Trucking, has taken on those obstacles and more. Open since 2006, the business has navigated challenges like the 2008 financial crisis and rising Read More »
Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the largest employer in Pottawatomie County with more than 2,200 employees and is also the largest creator of new jobs in Shawnee, Okla. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003 and 2013 the net new jobs in Shawnee increased by 2,045 and during that same time period CPN created Read More »