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CPN Veterans Organization heavily involved in visit’s success
Vietnam Wall visit honors veterans
SHAWNEE, Okla. — Those who died out the event.
in service during the Vietnam War might Friday, August 21 was the first of four
have been spared the condemnation days the Moving Wall was available to vis-
received by many who returned to the itors in Shawnee.
states throughout the war’s duration and at The day began with a reflection on the
its conclusion, but their more than 58,000 sacrifices given by the men and women
names inscribed on the Moving Wall help who served and included speeches filled
bring honor to all veterans today. “I never with words of honor and respect. At the
realized there were so many,” Ramona conclusion of the opening ceremonies, an
Copeland, Shawnee, said. “It’s worth see- emotional David Boardman, DAV Chapter
ing the Wall just to realize how many lost 54 commander, said he was pleased with
their lives. It gives you chills to think that the turnout. “It’s super; it’s been great,”
many lost their lives.” Boardman said. Tom Smith, DAV Chapter
Copeland and husband, Charles, a veter- 54 member, agreed with Boardman. “It’s
an himself, visited the Wall during its mid- all coming together,” he said. “If we get a
August visit to Shawnee. They were there chance to do it again, we will. It’s been a
partly out of curiosity but mostly out of fantastic turnout and our volunteers should
respect, she said. “I just wanted to see it; be thanked. It takes something special to
it’s something I always wanted to see,” she stay 24 hours, overnight, to keep the fire
said. “They had it here 13 years ago but I burning and guard the Wall.”
didn’t get to see it then. I tried to read the CPN Veterans Organization member Clyde Yates retires an American flag during a ceremo- Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, spoke
names but there’s just so many — way too ny that accompanied the Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall visit to Shawnee. during the opening ceremony and later
many.” ny on the evening of Wednesday, August motorcycle escort of the Moving Wall said the presence of the Moving Wall at
Members and leaders of the CPN 19, a few dozen yards away from where from north Shawnee to the viewing site in Woodland Veterans Park was “an extraor-
Veterans Organization were heavily the Wall would be erected the next day. Woodland/Veterans Memorial Park in dinary event for Shawnee and a tremen-
involved in the event. They conducted a On Thursday, August 20, Michael Abel, downtown. And, the organization operated dous way to honor our veterans. It’s appro-
respectful, moving flag retirement ceremo- vice commander of the CPNVO, led a a concession stand that was open through- priate that it’s here, in a park that we
recently renamed for veterans,” Steele
said. “It’s an incredible tribute to the men
and women who made these sacrifices for
us. We appreciate DAV Chapter 54 for
working so hard to bring this to our com-
munity. They deserve a lot of credit.”
While visitors walked silently along the
length of the wall, some looking for specif-
ic names and others taking in the enormity
of it all, items of remembrance began to
PERMIT NO. 1541 Shawnee, OK 74801 appear at various locations on the ground
OKLA CITY, OK 1601 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. below the names of those killed in action.
The items left behind, which were collect-
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
PRSRT STANDARD CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION
See VIETNAM WALL on page 12
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Leonard Kime graduating from Tribbey High School. He help someone in need.
met his wife in Shawnee. On February 13, He was preceded in death by a daughter
1954, he married Mavis N. Roundtree in and son-in-law, Pamela and Billy
Pontotoc County. Following their mar- Matthews; his parents; two brothers,
riage, they resided in Shawnee, where they Wesley and Ed Kime; and two sisters,
raised their family. Catherine Melott and Hazel Rice.
Mr. Kime served in the U.S. Army. He Survivors include his wife, Mavis
worked as a welder at Tinker Air Force Kime, of the home; son and daughter-in-
Base until his retirement. He was a deacon law, David and Debbie Jordan-Kime of
and long-standing member of the Temple Magna, Utah; daughter and son-in-law,
Baptist Church. He was inducted in 1976 Diane and Brent Wojahn of Portland,
as Worshipful Master to the Shawnee Oregon; 14 grandchildren, Samantha
Composite Lodge #523, and was a 32nd McBride and her husband, Jason, Sherri
degree Mason with the McAlester Matthews, Jeff Kime and his wife Brittany,
Consistory. Neal Wojahn, Amanda Wojahn, Brian
Leonard was an avid gardener who Wojahn, Jason Jordan, Anthony Jordan,
loved sharing his crop with his neighbors. Leah Stitt, Michel1e Jordan, Linda Jordan,
He had an inspiring work ethic that his Marcie Jordan, Sarah Jordan, and Rachel
family strives to emulate. As a mechanic Jordan; three great-grandchildren (with a
and a welder, Leonard was always happy fourth due in October); and many friends truck driver. He earned the nickname Chief
for a chance to work with his hands and and other family members. both because he worked for Chief Drilling
stayed with a task until it was completed. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Company and because, as a Native
A man full of integrity and love, he Monday, August 3, 2009 at Temple Baptist American working in the oilfield around
Shawnee resident Leonard Kime, 78, daily lived out his walk with his Lord and Church with Bro. Mike Craig officiating. Great Bend at that time, he was a rarity.
passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 faithfully stayed in the Word. If he wasn’t Burial was in Fairview Cemetery under the He was a veteran of the United States
in Shawnee. He was born September 7, enjoying the outdoors, you might find him direction of Cooper Funeral flame of Army, and spent part of his service time as
1930 in Tribbey, Oklahoma, the son of listening to Gospel or Bluegrass music, Tecumseh. To share memories, or to sign a medic at the Fitzsimmons Military
Albert Franklin “Frank” and Ada fishing with his grandkids, or finding an the guest book online, go to www.cooper- Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He was a
Catherine “Kate” (Melvin) Kime. He grew old lawnmower to tear apart and rebuild. funeral.com. member of the Prince of Peace Parish at St.
up in Tribbey, attending school there and Leonard never refused an opportunity to The family has designated the Temple Rose of Lima Catholic Church, American
Baptist Church Building Fund as appropri- Legion Argonne Post 180, and Veterans of
HOWNIKAN ate for memorials. Foreign Wars Post 3111, all of Great Bend,
and the Disabled American Veterans.
The HowNiKan is published by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation with offices at J.B. ‘Chief’ Bruno J.B. was known by friends and family
1601 S. Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, Oklahoma. J.B. ‘Chief’ Bruno, aged 79, died for his sense of duty to family and his won-
The HowNiKan is mailed free to enrolled tribal members. Subscriptions to non- August 10, 2009 at his home in Great derful sense of humor. He could make peo-
members are available for $10 annually in the United States and $12 for foreign Bend, Kansas with his children and grand- ple laugh at themselves and loved a good
countries. children at his bedside. He was born joke even if it was on himself. He collect-
The HowNiKan is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. August 5, 1930 on the Bruno home place ed old coins and loved an occasional trip to
Reprint permission is granted with publication credit to the HowNiKan and the near Sacred Heart, Oklahoma. His parents Las Vegas. Even though he had lived in
Citizen Potawatomi Nation. were Johnnie and Beatrice (Casteel) Kansas for many years, he was an avid OU
All letters and submissions become the property of the HowNiKan. Editorials Bruno, and his grandparents were Mose fan and never missed watching a televised
and letters are subject to editing and must contain traceable address. Final selec- and Francis Bruno. game. He especially enjoyed attending his
tion of material for publication is subject to approval by the Business Committee. J.B. was Citizen Potawatomi from the grandsons’ and great-grandsons’ wrestling
All correspondence should be directed to HowNiKan, 1601 S. Gordon Cooper Brunos and Sac and Fox from the matches.
Drive, Shawnee, OK 74801. Address changes should be sent to Citizen McKinneys, his mother’s family. He mar- J.B. is survived by his son, Vincent, and
Potawatomi Tribal Rolls, 1899 S. Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK 74801. ried Mary Jane Anthony on March 1, 1952 his wife Elizabeth; two daughters, Terri
CPN Executive Committee: at Ellinwood, Kansas. She died on July 12, Klein and her husband Michael of Great
2001, and had lived her entire life in Bend and Sharon and her husband Steve of
Chairman - John A. Rocky Barrett Barton County, Kansas. J.B. worked in the Junction City, Kansas; four sisters, Ruby
Vice Chairman - Linda Capps oilfield in and around Great Bend, Kansas Withrow and Teresa Hudson of Shawnee,
Sec./Treasurer - D. Wayne Trousdale for many years. He retired from Chief Oklahoma, Bobbie Shawn of Follett,
Editor - Michael Dodson Drilling Company some years ago, where Texas, and Jenny Winsor of Cyril,
Toll-Free Number: 800-880-9880 he had worked for 25 years as an oil field Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; and 17
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great-grandchildren. To her, much about the Northrop opera- tion skills. help by many.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, tion seemed out-of-kilter with mainstream At 15, she married and a year later had From its founding year and for many
Mildred Flynn and Dorothy Hammons, aerospace industry practices, including the the first of three children. The marriage years afterward, Loren was a coach of the
and one son-in-law Michael Vanaman. use of wires without date codes, a standard ended in divorce after about 25 years. Breezewood Vikings flag football team,
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. procedure that allows scientists to trace Several years after moving to Los helping many young boys learns the spirit
at the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of their origin. Angeles about 1961, she was hit in the face and teamwork of sports. He was an
Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with On her first day, Foster had been by a two-by-four during a gang attack and enrolled member of the Citizen
Father Reginald A. Urban officiating. appalled by employees in an electronics spent six months having her face recon- Potawatomi Nation and enjoyed leather-
Burial was at the Lakin-Comanche District clean room smoking cigarettes and eating structed, her daughter said. working and making many different
Cemetery in Ellinwood, Kansas, with mil- at workstations. When a back injury suffered while Native American crafts.
itary rites conducted by a Fort Riley “I hadn’t seen this kind of work being working for Northrop permanently dis- He was an avid hunter and fisherman
Kansas Honor Guard. done in the aerospace industry,” said abled Foster, she focused on helping to and an excellent marksman, and had a
Foster, whose experience reached back to raise her grandchildren and promoting her great sense of humor. He was a kind man
Florence Foster the late 1960s. culture, her daughter said. who “never met a stranger” and will be
When she voiced her concerns to her In 2001, Foster - in full Native greatly missed.
supervisor, Clarence Gonsalves, he told American attire - waved to Rose Parade Funeral services were held on Monday,
her “that if I just did my work like every- crowds from a float honoring “The First January 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel
body else, we would get along,” Foster Americans.” at Della Valle Funeral Service in Everett,
said in the 1989 Times article. In addition to her daughter, Jolene, of with the Rev. Linda Gruber officiating.
Eventually, Gonsalves would plead Baldwin Park, California, Foster is sur- Friends called at the funeral home on
guilty to overseeing the falsification of vived by her husband, Charles Foster, Sunday, January 18. 2009, from 4 p.m. to 8
tests on cruise missiles and be sentenced to whom she married in 1993; a son, David p.m. and on Monday, January 19 from 10
three years in prison. Castaneda Vargas of San Dimas, a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial
But first, Foster had to find someone California; two sisters; five brothers; and was in Rays Cove Cemetery.
who would listen to her allegations. She six grandchildren.
had called the FBI, but the agency dis- Roy Lee DeWitt
missed her complaints as “sour grapes” Loren D. Cooper
because she had been injured on the job, Loren D. Cooper, 73, of Everett,
she told The Times in 1989. Washington passed away on Wednesday,
A nephew in the Air National Guard Jan. 14, 2009. He was born on February 3,
intervened, arranging a meeting with 1935, in Harveyville, Kansas, a son of the
agents from the Air Force’s Office of late Thomas P. Cooper and Roena F.
Special Investigations. She invited two co- (Hupp) Cooper.
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times workers to meet with government agents at On June 5, 1957 in Cumberland,
After blowing the whistle on fraudulent her Baldwin Park home. Maryland, he married Helen V. (Clouse)
practices at Northrop Corp., Florence Foster
It was the first of many such meetings in Cooper, who survives along with their
began promoting her Native American cul-
ture. She rode Countrywide’s “First 1987 that two years later led the children, Linda (Cooper) Snow and her
Department of Justice to file criminal husband James Snow of Everett, Gary Roy DeWitt was a master hunter who
Americans” float in the 2001 Rose Parade.
charges against Northrop and three of its Cooper and his wife JoAnne (Scalin) never had to fire a shot. Instead, DeWitt
Florence Foster, an electronics techni-
officials, including Gonsalves. Cooper, of Everett, and Carol (Cooper) carried a falcon or hawk to a meadow, for-
cian who blew the whistle on a tiny Los
Northrop shut down the El Monte facil- Craig and her husband Kary Craig, of est or lake and released it to catch rabbits,
Angeles-area outpost of Northrop Corp.,
ity in 1987 and acknowledged that the Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, squirrels and ducks. “To watch Roy handle
which led to a massive criminal case
operation was not following company pro- Kevin Snow, Bradley Snow. Emily Morse a bird, everything looked so natural and
involving the falsification of tests on
cedures. In 1990, Northrop pleaded guilty and her husband Kevin, and Matthew fluid when he did it,” said Bill Mixon, who
cruise missiles, has died. She was 68.
to 34 felony counts of fraud in the case and Loren Cooper; and two sisters-in-law, was taught falconry by DeWitt. “To do fal-
Foster died July 30 of renal failure at a
paid fines of $17 million. Donna Cooper, of Cicero, New York and conry well relies on a very fragile bond
Covina hospital, said her daughter, Jolene
Unlike her two co-workers, Foster Mary Lou Cooper of Wichita. Kansas. between you and the bird. ... It is an empa-
chose not to file a civil suit against He was preceded in death by two broth- thetic thing. If you saw Roy with a falcon,
After becoming one of about 30
Northrop. Phil Benson, a lawyer who rep- ers, Thomas Cooper and Chester Cooper. you would probably say he is making the
employees in 1983 at a small division of
resented one of the whistle-blowers, said Earlier in life, Loren worked as a truck bird do all these amazing things, but what
Northrop, located in El Monte and then
the “spirited” Foster had a “hands-down mechanic with Spector Freight Systems he is really doing is exploiting what he
Pomona, Foster quickly knew “something
sense of right and wrong.” and then as an automobile and truck knows the bird will do.”
was terribly wrong,” she told The Los
She was born Florence Darlene mechanic at Town Hill Garage. He then Born in Missouri, DeWitt got started in
Angeles Times several years later.
Castaneda on September 16, 1940, in started his own business in Rays Cove, falconry - a term that includes hawks, fal-
Worried that nuclear weapons with
Wapato, Washington, the fifth of 10 chil- Washington - C&A Garage and Body Shop cons, and eagles - as a 12-year-old boy
faulty guidance systems destined for the
dren of Rhodie Rose Shincis and Frank - which he owned and operated for more when he chopped down a tree to get his
Air Force “could be the start of World War
Acosta, a farmer. than 18 years, until his retirement. After first hawk. An Army vet, Pentecostal
III,” Foster mustered the courage to speak
Foster was a direct descendant of retiring, he worked at the parts counter at preacher, computer consultant, and
up about what she witnessed at Northrop’s
Abram B. Burnett, a 19th-century chief of Interchange Auto Parts Distributor in teacher, he spent a lifetime pursuing fal-
Western Services Department, she said in a
the Potawatomi tribe known for his media- Everett, where he was well known for his conry and nurturing the sport, which has
1989 Times interview.
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puter instructor at technical schools; at daughter and family currently reside. He
Micro Center, an electronics and computer attended Tecumseh Schools graduating in
store; and as a computer programmer, she 1959. He entered the U.S. Army, serving
said. six months active duty and was discharged
“He was smart and inquisitive; he was a in 1967 from inactive duty.
philosopher,” Mr. Mixon said. “He was He worked for the Tecumseh Gas
deeply religious and a very spiritual guy.” System for a number of years leaving to go
In 2006, Mr. DeWitt and his wife moved to Baptists Sporting Goods in Shawnee.
to Oklahoma because he was a member of Jerry went to work for Belshe Industries in
the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and he 1978 and retired from employment at
This is one of the late Roy DeWitt’s hawk could qualify for medical benefits, Ms. Belshe in 2006.
sketches. DeWitt said. He served on the Business Committee
only 160 licensed falconers in Georgia and Her father was a skilled carpenter, and of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for
4,000 nationwide. He took time to educate her parents converted a barn into a house many years during which time growth and
the public and mentor apprentice falcon- during their stay in Oklahoma. They lived development of tribal facilities and pro-
ers, his friends said. in the barn during the conversion. “When grams were initiated. He was a member of
He sketched red-tailed and Cooper’s Mom showed me a picture of it, I said, the Tecumseh Masonic Lodge #69 and was
hawks, and the drawings were sold on the ‘Dad put you in that?’” Ms. DeWitt said. a 32-degree Mason with the Scottish Rite Then-Business Committeeman Jerry Paul
“They didn’t have any AC or anything. Consistory. He also served on the Motley posed with Flo Foster at a regional
internet, along with a DVD he produced
meeting in California in 1999. Ms. Foster also
that captured the nesting cycle of five They were living like they were on ‘Little Volunteer Fire Department and was a
walked on recently, and her obituary is in this
species of hawk and an osprey and took House on the Prairie.’” founding member of the Tecumseh edition of the HowNiKan.
five years to complete. He was a past pres- But, she said, her parents turned the Jaycees.
ident of the Georgia Falconry Association. barn into a nice house. Then her father suf- He was active in his children’s school Tecumseh Cemetery with Destry Newman
‘He was known nationally in the falconry fered a stroke in 2007, and she brought her activities and never missed an activity- officiating. Arrangements were under the
community,” said Alan Drury, who hunted parents back to metro Atlanta and got them band, chorus, ball games, athletic events, direction of Cooper Funeral Home of
with DeWitt. “There are a lot of people all a place in Norcross. “When we brought or support groups. Tecumseh. To share memories, or to sign
the way to Oregon who know him and will them back, he couldn’t even tie his shoe Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the guest book online, go to www.cooper-
remember him fondly. He was a helluva and his face drooped,” she said. “So we Willis Faye Motley of the home; a son and funeral.com.
guy.” took him to a Korean lady and she did daughter-in-law, Neal and Pamela Vickery
Roy Lee DeWitt, 61, of Marietta, acupuncture and pretty much got him nor- Motley of Tecumseh ; a daughter and son- Don Berkey
Georgia died July 3, 2009 of pancreatic mal.” in-law, Paula and Tracy Haney of Don Berkey, age 94, Rossville, Kansas,
cancer. He was cremated, and his family They joined the Free Chapel Worship Tecumseh; grandchildren, Andrea and Ben walked on on Monday, September 7, 2009
held a service at the National Cemetery in Center in Gainesville, and, Drury said, his Rector, Amanda Motley and fiancé Tanner at Rossville Health Care Center. Don was
Canton, Georgia. friend was soon back in the woods; he Sturgill, Tyler Motley, Jordan Haney, born on January 1, 1915 in Silver Lake,
He grew up in High Ridge, Missouri, even made a few hawking trips after he Taylor, Taryn and Jadyn Haney; great- Kansas, the son of Charles and Lyda Dean
where he ran track, played football, and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in grandchildren, Tate and Logan Motley and Berkey.
powerlifted, said his daughter, Lydia December. The cancer caught the family one-on-the-way; brother, Jack Motley; He graduated from Kansas State
DeWitt of Alpharetta, Georgia. He over- by surprise since Mr. DeWitt’s health nieces, Cindy and Lisa; nephew, Steven; University in 1939 with a business degree.
came a childhood speech impediment and seemed to be returning, his daughter said. and a host of friends, whom he met during Don worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for
developed passions for photography and “He went with a smile, though,” she said. his many years of employment with more than 40 years, retiring as Assistant
falconry, often combining the two arts, Ms. “He left with a little smile on his face. He Belshe Industries and Baptist Sporting Treasurer.
DeWitt said. was at peace.” Goods. He was a member of Rossville
While in the Army stationed in Korea, Besides his wife and daughter, Mr. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. American Legion Post 31 and was a mem-
he met his wife, Suk Cha, and was married DeWitt is survived by his mother, Lorine on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at See OBITUARIES on page 28
to her for 39 years, Ms. DeWitt said. In Huff of High Ridge, Georgia; his son,
their early years, Mr. DeWitt moved the
family from church to church to minister to
Sylas; three grandchildren; and a sister.
Another son, Titus; his father; and two
Frapp Family Reunion 2010
new congregations, his daughter said. In brothers preceded him in death.
1989, he published a book, “Teaching
From the Tabernacle,” and again pursued Jerry Paul Motley At the CPN Family Reunion Festival in 2010, the Frapp Family will
an evangelical and lecture circuit. TECUMSEH, Okla. - Tecumseh resi- be one the honored families. Attempting to gather a large turnout of
“We moved so many times, all around dent Jerry Paul Motley died Sunday, Frapp family members, George Adamietz, a member of the Frapp fami-
Illinois,” the 36-year-old Ms. DeWitt said. August 30, 2009, in Tecumseh at the age of ly, has created an e-mail account for people to ask questions and to help
“He would say, ‘God is calling me to 69. He was born April 25, 1940, in
Macomb, the son of Vernon and Halsa
them make arrangements to attend Festival 2010.
DeWitt and his wife moved to Marietta (Martin) Motley (both of whom were also The e-mail address is FrappFamilyReunion2010@gmail.com.
to be closer to her brother, who had moved South Pottawatomie County of early pre- Please feel free to ask any questions about the Festival or the Frapp
from Korea to Gwinnett County, and who statehood residents). family.
was later killed by a drunken driver, Ms. His family moved to their home in Thank you so much.
DeWitt said. Her father worked as a com- Tecumseh in the late 1940’s, where his
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 5
The Wisest Potawatomis Hudspeth, El Paso, Texas; Velma Ellen Arizona; Benedict Grant Rhodd, Tecum-
Avery, Norman, Oklahoma; Georgie Guss seh, Oklahoma; Irene Winzola Green,
Hamilton, Shawnee, Oklahoma; Zudora Martinez, California; Wayeman Cephas
The Citizen Potawatomi hold a special Craig, Silver Springs, Nevada; Richard
Anita Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
level of reverence for the fullness of years Spencer, Elmira, Oregon; Leona Pauline
and Geraldine Patricia Gann, Oklahoma
and the wisdom it brings. In keeping with Wharton, Silsbee, Texas; and Dorothy M.
that attitude, the Nation extends special Shepherd, Keota, Oklahoma.
92 years old
recognition and honor to these members There are now six Citizen Potawatomis
Lucille Benita Cartmill, Farmersville,
who are now 90 or older. who have attained age 100. Those ranks
Texas; Opal Sullivan, Shawnee, Okla-
These Wisest Potawatomis are listed in increased by 33 percent in September 2009
homa; Charles R. Melott, Edmond, Okla-
order of age, with those having reached a as Wynona Smith of Houston, Texas and
homa; James Wade Whitlow, Goodyear,
specific age, 99 years old as an example, Efeard Elisecum Bradley of Vernal, Utah
Arizona; Janice Darling Corbett, Spokane,
listed in order of age within that grouping. celebrated their centennial birthdays.
Washington; Joe Slavin, Burdett, Kansas;
The Nation extends its condolences and Meanwhile, with Mr. Berkey’s passing
Everett R. Gourley, Sun City, Arizona;
prayers to the family and friends of one of and Ms. Smith’s and Mr. Bradley’s achiev-
Glen A. Gregson, Oxnard, California; Ge-
the members listed here - 94-year-old Don ing centenarian status, the ranks of CPN
neva M. Hunter, Stuart Florida; Madge F.
Berkey of Rossville, Kansas. Mr. Berkey members in their 90s shrank to 102.
West, Medford, Oregon; Nev W. Peltier,
walked on on September 7, 2009.
Corning, California; Vinita P. Clowdis,
Teresa Clara Reed, Pampa, Texas, 106;
Cordilia Mitchell, Muskogee, Oklahoma,
Shawnee, Oklahoma; Thomas Earl Jones,
Burien, Washington; and Marguerite Jo-
sette Schuyler, Topeka, Kansas.
101; and Goldie Cleo Burrow, Deer Park,
Texas, 100; Wynona Smith, Houston, Tex-
as, 100; and Efeard Elisecum Bradley,
91 years old
Dorothy Annette Whitebread, Dallas,
Texas; Edna G. Blevins, Verden, Okla-
Vernal, Utah, 100.
99 years old
Alfred L. Lewis, Las Vegas, Nevada;
homa; Helen M. Wolfe, Choctaw, Okla-
homa; Allie Eulalia Moseley, Houston, Citizen
Texas; Gordon P. Ogee, Carrollton, Texas;
Lucille L. Ray Purcell, Oklahoma; and
John Thomas Tague, Norristown, Penn-
Frank Douglas Ward, Bellflower Califor-
nia; William James McCauley, Santa Ana,
98 years old
Gladys Marie Barry, San Francisco,
Teresa Clara (Slavin) Reed is the CPN’s
oldest member as she approaches her 107th
California; Emily Lillian Scott, Asher,
Oklahoma; Louis Jefferson White, Nation
Apache, Oklahoma; Naomi Barbara Ward,
California; Lila Mae McGee, Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma; Patricia Rilda Vandagriff,
birthday in December. This photo was shot at
her home in Pampa, Texas in July 2006. At
age 102, she had only recently given up driv-
La Porte, Texas; Laverne Virginia Warren,
Edmond, Oklahoma; Earl E. Hull, Homi-
Purcell, Oklahoma; Nila C. Locke, Shaw-
nee, Oklahoma; Mildred Evelyn Houser,
Kerrville, Texas; and Ida Pauline Riggan,
ing her automobile. She recently moved into
an extended-care facility in Snider, Texas.
ny, Oklahoma; Mary Madeline Smith,
Long Beach, California; Rose Marian Family Services
Wilson, Longview, Texas; and Arthur R.
Reno, Nevada. Oklahoma; Agnes C. Hopkins, Turlock, Pryor, San Juan, Capistrano, California.
We are looking for foster and
97 years old California; Henry Berton McCauley, adoptive parents for our
90 years old
Edward C. Goodell, Kansas City, Baltimore, Maryland; Anna W. McCauley, Potawatomi children.
Maxine Rayfield, Richardson, Texas;
Kansas; Emma Lucille Palmer, Foresthill, Raytown, Missouri; and Leora Pearl Beatrice C. Frazier, Tulsa, Oklahoma;
California; Dorothea M. Strobel, Sarasota, Marshall, Shasta Lake, California. Ruby Lenore Pike, Fremont, California; You don’t have to be perfect to be
Florida; Greta Christene Brasher, Okla- 94 years old Edith M. Lazelle, Plummer, Idaho; Eliz-
homa City, Oklahoma; Pearl Martha Alta Mae Sinor, Chouteau. Oklahoma. abeth Beatrice Morris, Pauls Valley,
a perfect parent. There are many
Sampson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donald Dean Berkey, Rossville, Kansas; children in our tribe’s care who
Oklahoma; Averett Higbee, Port Town-
Emily Adelaide Howard, Midwest City, Roy Edwin Melot, Gilbert, Arizona; Velma would love to put up with you.
send, Washington; Oleta V. Skinner, Okla-
Oklahoma; and Bernece Philley, Bullhead J. Bullock, Bonham, Texas; Julia Gertrude homa City, Oklahoma; Gerald Ellsworth
City, Arizona. Laclair, Mayetta, Kansas; Geraldine Peddicord, Pottsboro, Texas; Stella B. If your family is interested please
96 years old Gertrude Chayer, Pomona, California; Holt, Rimrock, Arizona; Ophelia Louise
Lillian Catherine Sanders, Sonoma, Frank A. Burnett, Pryor Oklahoma; Anna Alford, Ennis, Texas; Durward Earl New-
contact the Indian Child Welfare
California; Vernice Arline Slaven, Los M. Comadoll, Loves Park, Illinois; and Department at
som, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Alva Donald
Angeles, California; Violet Lavon Hill, Virginia Lee Lenius, Independence, 405-878-4831
Melot, Tecumseh, Oklahoma; Arthur C.
Fort Scott, Kansas; Billy Williams, Missouri. Muller, Shreveport Louisiana; Lola Muriel ask for Darla Ham
Purcell, Oklahoma; and Lucille E. Funk, 93 years old Dister, Battle Ground, Washington; Zelma or Laurie Clark
Pocatello, Idaho. Robert Charles Kemp, Oklahoma City, M. Daniel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
95 years old Oklahoma; Josephine Georgiana Master- James Russell Peddicord, Minden, Neva-
Hellen Mohler Ernst, Brentwood, son, Hesperia, California; Willie Lee Scott, da; Helen Leona Fallini, Tonopah, Nevada;
California; Virginia V. Kistler, Long Norman, Oklahoma; Goldie L. Whitaker, John Thomas Bergeron, Earlsboro, Okla-
Beach, California; Edna Frances Henry, Wanette Oklahoma; Veva Mae Lothrop, homa; Eva Mae Smith, Pine Grove,
Ada, Oklahoma; Lorene Lovell, Lane, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Hiram Edward California; Virginia F. Benson, Sun City,
6 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6
Elder of The Month: Doyle Thompson
by Sheila Hughes
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation pays
tribute to Doyle Morton Thompson, our
September Elder of the Month. “I was born
in a shack north of town in Harrah,
Oklahoma on November 6, 1936,”
Thompson began. “My great-grandfather
was Pete Anderson.”
Thompson offered this memory from
early in his life: “You see, the ‘Bly Gang’
was causing a lot of trouble, robbing, steal-
ing livestock, and killing people. They
were out of control, so the law officials
decided they had to do something about it.
They tried to form a posse, but there was-
n’t many takers; these outlaws were so
mean. My great-grand father knew the area
and wanted to help, so they lit out to find
He continued, “Well, they located them
(Bly Gang members) and were trying to
figure out how to corral them, when the
shooting began. (Pete Anderson) was shot mates, Leah Ross. They married on
between the eyes and killed.” Pete’s wife, Doyle and Leah Thompson
February 14, 1969. One son, Michael
Julia Harding Anderson, had already to catch the rain leaking through the roof. heating and cooling systems with my Brand, was brought into the family.
walked on because of complications in We slept on ‘feather mattresses’ and cov- brother, my dad, and my uncle.” At that time, Thompson went to work at
childbirth of the youngest son, Ben. ered up with quilts. My mother raised Doyle was married in 1958, and had two Tinker Air Force Base in the machine
Mr. Thompson explained, “My grand- chickens and would sell the eggs. Once in sons, Larry and Jerry. Drafted in October shop. He was promoted to Numerical
mother and her brothers and sisters were a while, on special occasions, we’d have a of 1959, he was sent to Ft Hood for 16 Control Machine Shop, and then to
orphans. An attorney, Joseph Daniels, was chicken or a duck for supper, but mostly I weeks of training. “I was shipped to Production Engineer. Doyle retired in
given legal guardianship of the kids. So, was raised on beans, potatoes, fresh squir- Worms, Germany. I was in the 1st Armed November of 1990.
my grandmother, Nellie Anderson, attend- rels, homemade bread, and gravy.” Rifle Battalion, 48th Infantry,” he said. He said, “I never was a war hero, star
ed Sacred Heart School and Indian Thompson added, “My mom would put “It was peace-time, but we practiced athlete, or a VIP, but, I live pretty good due
Mission School in Kansas.” up green beans, until she filled all our jars. military tactics and trained for combat. to a lifetime of hard work and good man-
Later, Nellie married Lewis Macarty. We didn’t have the money to buy more Where we trained was pretty close to agement.”
Doyle laughed as he commented, “The sto- jars, and the butterbeans were about the where they built the Berlin Wall,” he Leah Thompson was in real estate for 15
ries say everyone thought it was awful, only thing that would keep.” explained. Thompson achieved the rank of years then began working at Choctaw State
marrying an Indian girl, until they saw her, He continued, “It was back during the Specialist 4th class and received a good Bank. She retired from a position as Vice
saw how beautiful she was and what a Depression, and everyone had a hard time conduct medal during his two years of President of that institution. Leah is Vice
super-nice person she was. Well, then they surviving, but due to mom’s hard work, we duty. “We were cleared to come home in Chairman of the reunion committee, and
were all okay with it!” never went hungry.” October of 1961, but, due to the building the couple are active members of Choctaw
Doyle loved his mother dearly. “She Doyle attended Harrah Public Schools. of the Berlin Wall, I was kept four or five United Methodist Church. Happily mar-
was my rock!” he said. Born to the couple When he was in the third grade, he more months,” he said. ried for 40 years, they live on a small
were four children: Naomi (Doyle’s moth- explained, “My mother agreed to take care Thompson recalled trip home as “cold acreage in Harrah.
er), twins Wynona and Walter, and Ethel of her grandmother, so we moved into her and terrible. The sea was rough, and a lot The Thompsons enjoy gardening and
Lorraine. They were all born on the origi- home in town. It was the first time I’d slept of us got sick.” The ship Thompson was on raise a few head of cattle. Quite the handy-
nal 80-acre allotment of land near Harrah, on a store-bought mattress! We even had a docked in the New York harbor. “They man, Doyle works on small engines, lawn-
Oklahoma. gas stove and a coupla of electric lights.” cleared us out, gave us our papers, and sent mower repair, and woodworking. He
Naomi married Johnny Thompson in Doyle recalled, with a chuckle, “I didn’t us on our way,” he said. “The remainder of builds and refurbishes furniture. Leah
the early 1900s. “My father was a share- ever really want to ‘play hookey,’ but it my four years was spent in Active proudly pointed out a few pieces of furni-
cropper, so we moved around the area would have been pretty hard, living right Reserves.” ture he had made in their home. It is safe to
three or four times, wherever he could find across the street from the school!” I had a Upon returning home, Doyle worked in say he could give the furniture companies
work.” Thompson said. lot of perfect attendance, and I enjoyed construction and asbestos work. During a run for their money. While interviewing
Doyle Thompson had one brother, Leo school.” He played basketball and base- that period, he was then divorced from his Doyle, we had coffee and the best piece of
and a sister, Barbara. He remembered this ball, graduating from HHS in 1954. Then, first wife. While working out-of-state, he homemade cherry pie this reporter has
about his childhood: “Every time it’d rain, he began “doing asbestos work on refiner- returned home to visit his mother and was
we’d gather pots or anything we could find ies and powerhouses, and I worked on reunited with one of his high school class- See DOYLE THOMPSON on page 10
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 7
Youngsters perform many tasks
Potawatomi Language Conference Report
Catholic HEART comes to CPN again This year’s Gathering of the ancestors were clumsy.
Potawatomi Nations was held at the same Stewart King talked about the seasons
time as the Potawatomi Language in the language and the importance of our
Conference in Mayetta, Kansas. Our culture. Potawatomi from up north have
cousins’ (the Prairie Band Potawatomi different seasons than we have in the
Nation’s) facilities are wonderful, with two south, making it interesting to hear the dif-
large conference rooms, convention cater- ferent descriptions of the 13 moons.
ing (that actually tasted great), and a newly A panel of elders discussed issues that
renovated buffet. I always enjoy trips to face their communities. They said that the
Mayetta, and this time was no different. It language departments and tribal adminis-
is a remarkably delightful place. trations must work in concert to ensure
I arrived at the conference to the stun- proper support and participation of tribal
ning discovery that a close friend had constituents. The panel asserted that, if
taken ill. She and her husband have done tribal leaders take an active role in learning
much to revitalize and preserve the and/or speaking the language in their par-
Potawatomi language, and are an integral ticular communities, the serious threat of
part of what we all do with language. Our extinction of the language would be nulli-
thoughts and prayers are with Lisa Aitkens fied.
and her family. Our tribal Chairman Rocky Barrett was
The conference had many of the major the only tribal chairman in attendance for
Potawatomi speakers in attendance, the panel discussion.
including Cecilia Meeks-Jackson, Jim Overall, the language conference was a
Thunder, Billy Daniels, Don Perrot, success. The participants and the presen-
Teen-aged participants in the Catholic HEART Workcamp/Workgroup program work on a Stewart King, Lillian Rice, Rita Sands, and ters addressed concerns, identified possi-
concrete pad for a carport at a CPN member’s home this summer. Hector Copegog. The theme was “Talk ble solutions, and motivated the attendees.
Again in the summer of 2009, Several HEART has been coming to the Citizen
Indian, Everybody.” Jim Thunder talked We are dedicated to restoring our lan-
Citizen Potawatomi Nation members in Potawatomi Nation to assist its elderly,
about the many ways to say “fall down” in guage.
Shawnee welcomed young people from handicapped, and low-income members
the language. Apparently, our Potawatomi
the Catholic HEART Workcamp/Work- who live in and around Shawnee,
group. And, those CPN members’ homes Oklahoma. They have also worked at the SAVE THE DATE -- DON’T MISS IT!
are in better shape because of the visit. CPN Child Development Center and Pow
Wow Grounds, in the housekeeping ALL Citizen Potawatomi Nation members from across Kansas are invited to the
Catholic HEART Workcamp is based in
department, and in several other areas of CPN Rossville Regional Center for a CPN Services Day Outreach event. From 1 p.m.
Orlando, Florida. The founders and direc-
the tribe. to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 23 and from 8 a.m. until 12:00 Noon on Saturday,
tors are Steve and Lisa Walker, who creat-
The workgroup has assisted in laying October 24, representatives of CPN Tribal Rolls and the CPN Clinic, along with the
ed the opportunity to serve because of their
concrete slabs for carports, planting CPN attorney, will be on hand to make new Photo ID/Tribal Membership cards, admin-
love for young people and for God. After
flowerbeds, washing windows, trimming ister flu shots, perform blood pressure and blood sugar level checks, and answer trib-
17 years as Parish Youth Ministers in
trees, mowing, weed-eating, raking yards, al-related legal questions.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Houston, Texas
and a very long list of other tasks. They The Tribal Attorney has asked that CPN members with legal questions e-mail those
and Orlando, Florida, the Walkers have
have replaced windows, built handi- questions to him at GQuinlan@Potawatomi.org before the Services Day event so he
devoted themselves to the development
and management of the Catholic HEART capped-ramp rails, and replaced window can research them beforehand.
Workcamp on a full-time basis. Not only screens and doors.
are they experienced Youth Ministers, they The Walkers say they operate Catholic
are also National speakers and Workcamp HEART on this philosophy: “The fruit of FireLake Golf Course
veterans. faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the
The first Workcamp was established in fruit of service is peace.”
1993; it has increased in size every year.
The Workcamps were established to offer
quality service projects and evangelical
programs for Catholic young people and
The Walkers say, “Every day at Catholic Enjoy FireLake Golf Course’s new
Heart Workcamp brings a chance for
young people to open their hearts, see the Champion Bermuda Greens & water on 15 holes
world differently, love others in ways they
never thought they could, and simply Call 275-4471 for more information
serve.” FireLake Golf in South Shawnee
For the past seven years, Catholic
8 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6
Community Development Corporation Success Stories
AB Ponds and Landscaping flower beds he built reflect the built-to-last
Flourishes in Shawnee quality that Sanchez has become well-
known for in his small business in
“The project really speaks for itself; it’s
just one that I’m really proud of,” Sanchez
He is grateful for the ongoing support
CPCDC staff has provided and says he will
continue to use the networking resources
and the business development services
provided by CPCDC as he continues to
A shovel and a wheelbarrow. Those bring in work: “They’ve helped me
were the only tools Raymond Sanchez had through everything. If I can continue to has put iBall Instruments at the top of its
in his arsenal when he started AB Ponds work with them forever I’m going to do game, providing products that no one has
and Landscaping in 2000. Like many peo- it!” previously been able to distribute on a
ple who come to the Citizen Potawatomi For more information on AB Ponds and global scale. “We are most proud of the
Community Development Corporation Landscaping, please call 405-214-0144. fact that we’ve harnessed infrared technol-
offices looking to start up a small business, invention was not easy. Most financial in- ogy and have made it practical. There have
Sanchez was nervous about the reaction iBall Instruments, LLC stitutions Butler and Bright sought financ- been several attempts in the last 50 years
the staff would have to his ideas and his ing from offered extremely high interest and they’ve all ended up in the junk pen,”
Providing Cutting Edge rates and large monthly payments which
inexperience owning a business, but to his says Butler.
Technology To All Corners would force iBall customers to make cash Expansion is surely in iBall’s future as
surprise and relief, the CPCDC staff was
genuinely welcoming, supportive, and of the Globe deposits to help finance production. After Butler, Bright, and their team continue to
attentive through the entire loan process. Carl Bright, a CPN tribal member and creating a comprehensive business plan pursue innovative technology for detecting
Today, Sanchez has stocked up his sup- Myron Butler, co-founders of iBall and presenting it to Citizen Potawatomi gas levels and to improve the efficiency of
plies to fill a trailer with several tools Instruments, LLC, bring new meaning to Community Development Corporation, the gas logging industry through their
acquired with capital provided by CPCDC. “playing in the mud.” Using infrared tech- iBall Instruments, LLC was provided the expertise.
Without the help of CPCDC, Sanchez says nology, Butler and Bright devised a prod- low interest line of credit it needed to make
“I know I wouldn’t have been able to get a uct that allows geologists to monitor in large equipment purchases and to keep Sooner Marble Granite & Tile
loan. My credit wasn’t bad, I just hadn’t real-time gas levels emitted from excess their inventory stocked in order to sell their Beautifies Shawnee
established it, and there wasn’t any other mud during oil drilling. This cutting-edge products in short order. “They were our Small business owners in a tight-knit
bank that would work with me.” invention, known as the Bloodhound, is saving grace when it came to getting oper- community such as Shawnee, Oklahoma
But not only was the financial assis- the first of its kind and allows data to be ating capital; they made all the difference know that the survival of enterprise relies
tance critical in establishing AB Ponds and shared globally via the Internet– a critical in the world,” says the iBall staff. on two concepts: quality products and high
Landscaping, the step-by-step instruction innovation considering how the oil indus- The CPCDC team was willing to take a ethical standards. Steve Taylor and
by the staff helped Sanchez set up a solid try continues to change as technology and risk with iBall. They were fascinated by Michael Patton, founding partners at
business plan and establish steps to grow environmental awareness evolves. the technology, but most important, they Sooner Marble Granite & Tile, have done
his business. “Right now in the Southwest, we have believed in the technology. As self-pro- more than just survive. Since 2002 they
CPCDC gave him the push he needed to 130 systems in the field. Between Texas claimed practical risk-takers, Butler and have thrived on the standard that their
pursue his entrepreneurial goals and gave and Oklahoma we own about one-fifth of Bright put spending restrictions on them- clients’ products are built to the same stan-
him networking resources which have the market … which is not bad for two selves, limiting use of their capital to large dard that they would build their own fami-
brought in several job opportunities in the guys working out of a garage in Edmond, tangible assets in order to protect them- ly’s products.
Shawnee community, ranging from build- Oklahoma.” selves from a potential market collapse. The word on the quality of their prod-
ing backyard ponds to roof installations. Since 2006, iBall Instruments, LLC has Without the financial support and busi- ucts has spread quickly, not only through
When asked the business accomplish- not only made its mark on the domestic oil ness development guidance from CPCDC, Shawnee, but over a geographical market
ment he is most proud of, Sanchez men- industry but has grown to reach all corners the iBall team believes the company would in a 60-mile radius around the city.
tions the eye-catching flower beds he com- of the globe with units in Morocco, South have struggled to effectively compete in Both founders have ties to Citizen
pleted in the front yard of CPCDC’s exec- Africa, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Guinea. the gas logging industry. Potawatomi Nation: Patton is a member of
utive director, Kristi Coker. The intricate Obtaining funding for such a risky The help and support of CPCDC staff See CPCDC Successes on page 13
The CPCDC can help you evaluate your business ideas and make a plan to turn those ideas into a reality! Whether the venture is a start-up operation or the expansion of
an existing business - training and/or one-on-one assistance can help your business grow more efficient, productive, and profitable. Individual counseling is an integral com-
ponent of the strategy for helping Native American business owners gain the capacity to successfully operate their business concerns. In addition to one-on-one counseling,
clients may the opportunity to take advantage of programs offered by Gordon Cooper Technology Center and/or the Potawatomi Business Network - a cadre of active profes-
sionals in critical business areas such as accounting, law, and marketing. To date, CPCDC has made 122 commercial loans worth more than $7.8 million and 897 short-term
consumer loans worth $801,324. Contact Information: 405-878-4697, 800-880-9880 toll free, 405-878-4665 fax; 130 E. MacArthur, Ste. 206, Shawnee, OK 74801
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 9
CPN Cultural Heritage Center & FireLake Giftshop
Bozho, up a lot of our family and veterans videos. Collections Corner
Although I haven’t been at the Cultural You can find us on YouTube at this link: (if Stacy Coon
Heritage Center long, let me say that I am you have a YouTube account, which is Just as soon as
honored to be working for my tribe in this free, you can “subscribe” to the CHC/THP Festival 2009 was over,
capacity. It has been such a treat to be a page for updates): the CHC hit the ground
part of the exciting things that are happen- www.youtube.com/user/cpntribalheritage. running with yet anoth-
ing within our tribe and the CHC. The Another exciting event that the CHC er project to accomplish. Some time ago, Archival Notebook
Gathering, hosted by the Prairie Band recently participated in was The Moving we designated a yet-to-be-utilized space R. Blake Norton, Tribal Archivist
Potawatomis, was a great experience, and Wall: Vietnam Veterans’ Combat Mem- for visitors and guests who come to the The Archival Notebook is an informa-
I look forward to when we host it next orial that came through Shawnee. Several Cultural Heritage Center. This space was tive look into the activities of the Cultural
August. The CHC staff has already begun staff/tribal members both participated in designated to be an area where tribal mem- Heritage Center’s (CHC) Tribal Archives
brainstorming for both Festival and the and followed the motorcade as the memo- bers and visitors will have an opportunity and Research Division. Within the
Gathering activities and exhibits. Please rial was driven through town to to sit and relax in a welcoming atmosphere newsletter, we will discuss exciting cur-
stay tuned for more information as the Woodland/Veterans Memorial Park and while visiting the CHC. rent and future projects, as well as proj-
months progress. then set up and exhibited for several days. Whether it is for tribal members visiting ects that readers can do at home. Readers
We have a really exciting project in The CPN was represented by our Tribal Rolls or visitors waiting for a tour of will have the opportunity to look into a
development for the Visitors Area of the Veterans organization and several staff and the Culture Center, we want everyone to real archival and collections management
CHC. Stacy Coon has worked very hard tribal members who shot photos, served have an opportunity to relax and enjoy our program.
on the exhibit component, and she’ll food, and helped in other areas as needed. interpretation of Citizen Potawatomi Many of you have discovered, either
share more about that in her section. Not It was a very moving experience for all Nation history in its many forms. The through word-of-mouth or visiting the
only will the Visitors Area have two dio- involved. For images of The Moving Wall, Visitors Area will be located between the CHC, that the tribe was bestowed a gra-
ramas, built specifically for the CHC, but please see our Facebook page. Front Lobby and the main restrooms of the cious donation of more than 3,000 books.
it will also have ample seating and visitor The CHC/FireLake Gifts recently par- CHC. The books were the personal library of
information. School groups and bus tours ticipated in an auction through the Grand The Visitors Area will include a stan- tribal member Jerry W. Lewis/Nswé
will have plenty of room to sit and wait Casino, with proceeds benefiting the dard seating arrangement and information- Makek. They contain literature on all
for their buses or to relax after shopping Muscular Dystrophy Association. It was a al displays on local tourist attractions. But, aspects of American Indian culture, histo-
in the gift shop. Visitors will be able to wonderful experience, and the CHC/Fire- most important, it will house two 4-ft-x-4- ry, and spirituality.
find information for things to do in Lake Gifts hopes to continue making a ft miniature dioramas depicting Pre- and Already, students from every grade
Shawnee, in the OKC metro area, and positive impact on the community as well Post-Contact Potawatomi villages for visi- level are using this priceless resource for
across the state. Information about other as for our tribal members. tors’ viewing pleasure. Children and adults both their educational and personal
cultural institutions/museums, movie the- First and foremost, the CHC is here to alike will have a wonderful opportunity to enhancement. In addition to our young
atres, tribes, etc., as well as other CPN protect and preserve tribal history and sto- see what an actual Potawatomi village scholars, post-graduate students and doc-
enterprises, will be at the fingertips of ries. If you have any stories to share, on- looked like, scaled down in size, prior to toral candidates have employed the liter-
every guest. Phase two of the Visitors or off-camera, please do not hesitate to European contact and afterward. ary collection to assist in their projects
Area will include audio tours. give us a call. Our Tribal Heritage The dioramas will be supported by a and dissertations. To illustrate our appre-
The CHC staff is proud to announce Department is always ready to interview solid wooden base and a Plexiglas top. We ciation for Mr. Lewis’ exemplary dedica-
formation of its Facebook page. Become tribal members, and our Archives look forward to this exciting addition to tion to advancing the cultural and histori-
“a fan” of the CHC on Facebook to stay Department is ready to document your the CHC, and hope that you all will enjoy cal preservation of the Potawatomi peo-
updated on events, exhibits, and other family history. using it as much as we will enjoy bringing ple, the library was named the Nswé
things going on at the CHC. To become a Megwetch, it all together! Makek Research Library of the Citizen
fan, search Facebook for Citizen Karen Phillips, Executive Director Also, I would like to take a moment to Potawatomi Nation in his honor. The
Potawatomi. The CHC should be the first CPN Cultural Heritage Center welcome our new director, Mrs. Karen Nation thanks you, Jerry!
link to pop up. Click “become a fan.” It’s The CHC is located at: Phillips, to the Cultural Heritage Center. In addition to this outstanding dona-
as simple as that! You will receive an 1899 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. Welcome aboard Karen, we are glad to tion, I would like to thank all of the tribal
update each time a post is made by the Shawnee, Ok. have you! members who have graciously donated
staff of the CHC. We already have quite 405-275-3119 Migwetch!! and/or loaned materials to the Cultural
a following! CHC Hours of operation: Stacy Coon Heritage Center’s archival collection.
The CHC Tribal Heritage Project has Sunday & Monday: Closed Materials acquired at the 2009 Family
also created a YouTube site! It’s in its Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Reunion Festival allowed Tribal Archives
infancy, but Leslie is working hard to link Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. See CHC on page 28
10 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises), vol. 30 issue 6
Doyle Thompson, con’t. from page 6
Legislators present Pendleton blanket, shawl
At left, Rep. Theresa Adame presents a
shawl to Raymond Martin of Topeka, Kansas.
At right, Patricia Holton of Tecumseh,
Oklahoma accepts a Pendleton blanket from tors express their gratitude to the Citizen
Rep. Dave Barrett. Potawatomi Nation and our people,” Rep.
David Barrett wore two hats at Family Barrett said.
Reunion Festival 2009 as he greeted peo- The drawing was held during a break in
ple in the tent that CPN legislators shared the legislative session on June 29. The
with the CPN Veterans Organization. Potawatomi Leadership Program students,
At left, Doyle Thompson wore his
Roundhouse Overalls (made in Shawnee,
Barrett is both a legislator representing who were on hand to observe their govern-
Oklahoma) for his school picture in 1943. At Oklahoma and a veteran who served in the ment in action, were given the honor of
right, he poses with sons Larry (left) and Jerry United States Navy. drawing the names of the lucky winners.
Thompson. Again this year, the legislators held a The winner of the Pendleton blanket is
raffle. Tickets were given to CPN mem- Patricia Holton of Tecumseh, and the win-
2009. bers who visited the legislators/veterans ner of the shawl is Raymond Martin of
ever tasted! “Because of our (CPN) leadership, so tent, to meet their representatives or ask Topeka, Kansas.
Mr. Thompson recently spoke at the much has been accomplished.” Doyle said. them some questions. District #4 Rep. “At Festival 2010, be sure you stop by
Harrah Historical Society, giving a presen- “I look back at the two little buildings I Theresa Adame of Topeka Kansas also and see us for your chance to win,” Rep.
tation of the early allotments in the Harrah used to take mom to for doctor appoint- handed out tickets as she circulated Adame said. “It will cost you nothing
area. It is evident that he takes great pride ments. Now, look what we have! through the Reunion Roundhouse, meeting except few minutes of your time for a
in his cultural heritage. He and Leah par- “Chairman (John) Barrett and Vice- people. “This is a small way your legisla- pleasant visit.”
take of noon meals at the Citizen Chairman (Linda) Capps have done an
Potawatomi Nation’s McLoud Title VI outstanding job due to their dedication and Saving Pets At Risk has announced that the CPN has again donated $10,000 for spay
Elders Food Program. “We enjoy going,” hard work. I appreciate the programs, ben- and neuter surgeries for tribal members’ dogs and cats at no cost to members. Upon verifica-
efits, and facilities that are available to us.” tion, the member will be sent a certificate to present to the veterinarian for the surgery. The cer-
Doyle said. “And we love Denise Smith
tificate must be used before its expiration date. Appointments for the pets will be made by SPAR,
(Title VI Director); she is exceptional. She Although Doyle might not consider
at the veterinary clinic of the pet owner’s choice. No other services, other than a rabies shot, will
goes over and beyond to do for us, and is himself a VIP, he is. Although he wasn’t be covered. Pets need to be healthy and free of parasites. Puppies and kittens need to be six
an asset to the Citizen Potawatomi highly decorated in battle, he did serve his months old or older at time of surgery.
Nation.” country. Additionally, he was a star to all CPN members should call SPAR voice-mail at 405-702-7727 and press option #1. Leave a
The Thompsons are very proud of their he loved each time he took the playing message that you are calling to apply for the CPN spay and neuter program. You must leave your
two grandchildren, Tiffany and Zachary. field. Mr. Thompson is one of our precious name, mailing address, phone number(s), and e-mail address (if available). A SPAR representa-
Tiffany was a member of the Potawatomi and humble elders. Because of these facts tive will contact you and send paperwork that will require you to attach a copy of your tribal
Leadership Program during the summer of alone, he is assuredly a VIP! membership card and/or other photo ID if your membership card does not have a photo.
Attention CPN Veterans
I am Clyde Yates, a CPN member and Viet Nam veteran. I have trained
as a Veterans Services Officer through the VFW, with the training done by
certified VA services officers.
If you need any help with your service-connected VA disability claim,
please call me at 405-275-3121. Tell the receptionist that you need assis-
tance with a VA claim and need to contact Clyde Yates, service officer. I
To schedule the CPN Veterans Organization Color Guard, contact Herbert will return your call and set up an appointment. I will need your name and
Holton at 405-598-2530 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule the telephone number.
CPN Veterans Organization Honor Guard, contact Michael Abel 405-878-5830 I look forward to talking to each one of you and helping CPN veterans.
or at MAbel@Potawatomi.org.
Clyde Yates - A.S.A. 1967-1971 - Viet Nam 1968-1969
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 11
The CPN Veterans Corner
Bozho, hood as we escorted such an emotionally
It has been a very busy month for the important piece of history to its downtown
Potawatomi Veterans Organization. The display site.
group continues to grow in membership, as Everyone then pitched in to help, and
well as developing new programs to help the wall began to take shape, growing larg-
the members of our community of veter- er with each panel until it was completed.
ans. The group was recognized in several Reading the names of those who have fall-
publications recently, including the en defending our nation, our brothers who
Shawnee News-Star, the Oklahoman, and gave their lives so we could be free, I
KTVY-TV (Channel 4) News in Oklahoma could not suppress the emotions that
City. welled up behind my eyes. Then, my
Some of the fun things that we have thoughts shifted to those now in harm’s
been doing range from shooting at Shoot- way. We must, as much as we can, ensure
N-Iron Practical Shooting Academy, to that they know that they are loved and
pizza nights for just getting together, to respected, and that their sacrifice shall not
planned bowling nights (who knows, we have been in vain as they defend the free-
might even form a league of our own), to doms that we all hold dear.
movie nights and seminars by and for our The concession sales went well, and I
members. We invite all of our members to must admit the fry bread that Theresa
get involved and suggest other fun things Talbot made was quite irresistible.
we could do as a group. We would like to thank the Public
The Potawatomi Veterans Organization Information Department and the Cultural
was honored to participate in presentation CPN Veterans Organization Vice Commander Michael Abel leads the Moving Vietnam Heritage Center for all of their support and
of the Moving Vietnam Veterans Wall of Veterans wall arrival processional though downtown Shawnee. photos, as well as Tim Zientek for the
Honor as it was on display at weekend for the volunteers, but all who with a flag retirement ceremony. That logistical support, and Firelake Discount
Woodland/Veterans Memorial Park in participated had a great time. event was a tremendous success, and was Foods for use of portable concession
Shawnee in August. That made for a long Our “weekend” began on a Wednesday very moving for all who attended. Both the stands and the food items it donated.
Potawatomi Color Guard and the VFW A very special thanks goes out to Tribal
Shiree Randell was a proud member of color guard marched a shared march to the Administration, for without them none of
the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. retirement site, where the flags were this would be possible.
inspected by Commander Keith Cagle. Soon, we will have our new Web site up
Then, the flags were put to rest in the cer- at www.PotawatomiVeterans.com, which
emonial fire as taps was played in the will give all of our members across the
background by the VFW bugler. It was an country the means to post stories, events,
emotional experience for all of us. I must pictures, and video, as well as stay in com-
admit I could not help shedding a tear as munication with our brothers and sisters
the retired flags found their proper end. abroad. We look forward to having the
The Veterans Wall came in with a Web site completed, but in the interim you
motorcycle escort on a rainy Thursday can still e-mail us at
morning, but the weather did not hinder Veterans@Potawatomi.org.
the procession or the onlookers parked Megwetch,
cheering along the route. In fact, it cement- Michael D. Abel, Vice Commander
ed the feeling of togetherness and brother- Potawatomi Veterans Organization
12 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises), vol. 30 issue 6
CPN member among top prep QBs in the USA Vietnam Wall, con’t. from page 1
QB Bray switches commitment to Vols ed later, boxed, shipped, and stored for
future display in a memorial museum,
Once Tennessee got involved with included flags, photographs and even beer
Kingsburg, California High School quar- cans for fallen brothers.
terback Tyler Bray late in the summer, it At the base of the wall, below the name
seemed only a matter of time before the of James Arlie Blankenship, the first Sac
signal caller switched his commitment and Fox tribe member to die during
from San Diego State to the Vols. On Vietnam, three veterans of Sac and Fox
Tuesday, September 8, the switch became heritage placed American flags and a Sac
official. Bray is a CPN member who has and Fox Honor guard patch with four eagle
begun his senior year at Kingsburg High. feathers. “All active duty personnel who
Bray took an official visit to Tennessee can prove they’re Native American can
this past weekend (Saturday, September 5, wear eagle feathers in service now,”
2009). He said he was blown away by Dennis Jennings, who helped place the
what he saw in Knoxville. “They say foot- flags and feathers below Blankenship’s
ball is a religion in the South and that’s name, said. “The reason we’re putting
definitely true,” Bray said. “The fan sup- them here is so that the eagle accompanies
port and how passionate everyone is just him to the next life. He definitely earned
blew me away. I love the coaching staff the eagle feathers. Eagle feathers are a sign
and the energy everyone has there.” of his warriorship.” The feathers were
Bray, whose father Jeff Bray is also a obtained from government sources and
CPN member, added, “On top of all that, have papers expressing their legality,
it’s just a great fit for me from a football Jennings said.
standpoint. They don’t have a lot of depth Tyler Bray works out at a camp for elite high school football players that was held on the Jennings, along with many other veter-
at the quarterback position, and they didn’t University of Oklahoma campus in late July. ans, said although the wall is a great way
sign a quarterback last year. I want to grad- school academically and concentrate on to honor those who died in service, there is
uate (from Kingsburg High) early so I can weight training one way it could be improved. “My per-
enroll in time for spring practice, and they Bray had a great summer and emerged sonal view of this wall is that there’s a
want me to come in and be ready to com- as a national recruit after several standout bunch who came back and died later...it
pete for playing time so I’m very excited performances. He earned runner-up honors doesn’t reflect all of those we lost,” he
about that.” for camp MVP at the Elite 11 and the Vols said. “We lost a lot of people we knew who
The choice to play for Tennessee is actually offered him a scholarship, while we went to grade school with, played ball
accompanied with two additional major he was at the camp. with, and they all paid a sacrifice, all who
decisions involving him and his family: “I have nothing but positive things to served.”
He’ll graduate from Kingsburg at the end say about San Diego State, but Tennessee Jennings and others said the Moving
of the fall semester and immediately enroll just felt like the right fit for me,” Bray said. Wall is to honor those whose names aren’t
at Tennessee, allowing him to participate “I was surprised when they started to Tyler Bray was under heavy pressure from inscribed on it as much as those whose
in the Vols’ spring practices. The Bray recruit me in the summer, and it feels great a defensive back on this pass attempt from names are there.
family, including father Jeff, mother Lori to be a part of all that tradition down there. action during his junior season at Kingsburg
and younger brothers Austin and Jacob, I know I have a lot to work on but I’m very High.
will move to the Knoxville area in the excited about my decision and can’t wait of-56 for 568 passing yards and five TDs.
spring. That will enable mom and dad to to get out there.” Expectations for the Vikings are high
watch both Tyler and Austin, who’s a soph- The Kingsburg Vikings football team this season as they return many of their
omore quarterback on Kingsburg’s junior began its much-anticipated 2009 season starters from 2008’s Division IV Valley
varsity. with a 44-13 win at Dos Palos on championship runner-up team. “We made
And, while Tyler Bray’s commitment to September 11. Bray completed 13 of 22 a statement tonight (with the Dos Palos
Tennessee has shone a bright light on passes in that game, for 238 yards and two win),” said Vikings senior linebacker
Kingsburg -- “It’s so great for him, us, the TDs. Stephen Graham. “We wanted to come out,
school and the community,” coach Dave The Vikings followed up with a 28-21 make a statement with a big win and show
Steele said -- it comes with a catch. By win over Washington High in the season’s people that we are still good and last year
leaving school early, he’ll strip the athletic second week. Bray was 18-of-34 for 330 was not a fluke. I think we did that.”
program of All-Central Sequoia League yards and three TDs in that game. The Kingsburg’s victory once again show-
talent in basketball and baseball. “My touchdown passes covered 23, 39, and 54 cased the Vikings’ talented offense, as sen-
uncle’s a little mad at me,” said Tyler Bray, yards. Bray carried the ball five times for ior quarterback Tyler Bray threw two
A barrel of flags awaits retirement as a
referring to Mark Bray, the Vikings’ bas- 32 net yards against WHS. His cousin, touchdowns to go along with three rushing bugler plays Taps during the retirement cere-
ketball coach. Bretton Bray, also a CPN member, caught touchdowns from junior running back mony conducted by the CPN Veterans
Beyond getting a grasp of the Vols’ sys- two passes for 32 yards from his tight end Garrett Steele. Organization. The ceremony was part of the
tem in spring practice, Tyler Bray also will position. Shawnee visit by the Moving Vietnam
have the chance to acclimate himself to the Through two games, Tyler Bray was 31- Veterans Wall in August.
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 13
Community Action and Harvesters provided free food items for people in need CPCDC Successes, con’t. from page 8
Food Given Away In Rossville
the Tribe and Taylor considers himself an The founders of Sooner Marble are
“adopted” member with family members proud of the reputation they have main-
on the tribal roll. tained in the Shawnee community as
Rossville, Kansas (WIBW) - People
Taylor and Patton, both skilled crafts- skilled craftsmen, but more important,
needing help making ends meet got a help-
men with construction experience, found a they are proud of the growth they have
ing hand on Wednesday, August 26 as
niche for Sooner Marble Granite & Tile in achieved over the past six years which is
Community Action of Topeka, Kansas
Shawnee. Through word-of-mouth, they largely attributed to the loyal customers
held its first rural mobile food pantry dis-
began to build a strong reputation in the and tight relationships they have built both
tribution in Rossville, Kansas. Dozens of
community. Eventually, they experienced with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and
people turned out for apples, potatoes,
what Taylor refers to as “business growing the Shawnee community as a whole.
bread, sports drinks, and other items. All
pains” and needed to expand their location, When asked what the future of Sooner
the items were provided through the
cash flow, and inventory. Marble may look like Taylor, like many
Harvesters Food Network .
After seeing an article about the Citizen small business owners, is planning on
Alice Schimmel of Community Action Vehicles line up outside the CPN
Potawatomi Community Development leaving the answer to that question up to
says the need is great. She says many peo- Community Center in Rossville for the month-
ly food donation day. Corporation in the local paper, Taylor the mood of the economy. However, if cir-
ple may be unable to pay their utilities or
decided to pursue funding to buy equip- cumstances allow, he would like to see the
buy food, so anything extra will be better east edge of Rossville. There are no
ment for his new business. He says that company expand into small commercial
for them. income guidelines, but a photo ID and
funding for the business could not have enterprise and perhaps expand the target
Community Action plans the giveaways social security number are required.
come at a better time. “They helped us market even further across Oklahoma. He
every fourth Wednesday of the month at Recipients also must provide their own
walk through the entire process. They were also says that, if he ever gets a free
the Citizen Potawatomi Nation community transportation and a box to carry their
really honest, helping us figure out what moment between running the business and
center building, off Highway 24 on the goods.
works and what doesn’t. Since then, we’ve watching his son play baseball, he plans to
been going strong,” says Taylor. take advantage of the one-day business
Participant praises PLP experience Both partners believe that Sooner
Marble would look very different in 2009
development workshops CPCDC offers
(Editor’s note: 2009 PLP participant year-round.
had it not been for the financing provided Recently, Sooner Marble Granite & Tile
Ashley Barshaw provided this report on
by CPCDC. “Without the loan from them, unveiled its new Web site, which high-
her perspectives about the program. The
I couldn’t say 100% that we’d still be busi- lights the expansive selection of stone
October HowNiKan will report on all of
ness, we might have had to start over and available. To learn more about Sooner
the 2009 PLP Class members.)
stay really small. It gave us freedom and Marble, please visit the new Web site at
Each summer, The Citizen Potawatomi
some timely capital to finish up our show- www.soonermarble.com or call 405-214-
Nation hosts five to eight Potawatomi
room and expand and buy the equipment 7400.
youths for the Potawatomi Leadership
we needed,” says Taylor.
Program (PLP). These youths participate
in a six-to-eight weeks internship with the
tribe. Visit the
The PLP members travel and tour each 2009 PLP Participant Ashley Barshaw
of the tribe’s departments and enterprises. on the surrounding area and people. I Citizen Potawatomi Nation
They research their individual Potawatomi learned of the incredible effort it has taken
history and learn about the tribe’s history
as a whole. They work and enjoy the annu-
for our tribe to achieve what it has. This
program has opened my eyes to the impor-
Cultural Heritage Center
al Family Reunion Festival at the pow
tance of Potawatomi youths becoming
involved with their tribe. 1899 S. Gordon Cooper Drive
This program, however, offers much
more. I know this from experience. I par-
The more I learned about the tribe, its
history, its culture, and its people, the more Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
ticipated in the 2009 Potawatomi
Leadership Program. I spent six weeks liv-
I wanted to return to help continue our suc-
cess. This program has helped me recog- Call 878-5830
ing within tribal lands and working daily
with tribal employees and members. I
nize that the tribe will always have a place
for me here in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I hope Sunday & Monday: Closed
attended several meetings with tribal lead-
ers and persons influential to our tribe’s
that other youths will attend and realize
that to be the best Potawatomi we can be, Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Throughout these six weeks, I learned
we owe it to our tribe and our tribal lead-
ers to help expand and develop our tribe Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
of the instrumental influence our tribe has for its upcoming future.
Listen to “The Native American Speaks” for the latest information
on www.Potawatomi.org About FireLake Grand Casino
14 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6
District #1 - Roy Slavin District #2 - Eva Marie Carney
Bozho, Nikan, Bozho (Hello), Fellow CPN District No.
We - my wife and I - attended the 2 Citizens,
Gathering of Potawatomi Nations from I hope this column finds you and your
August 6 through August 9. As always, it family well and rested from a good sum-
was a great experience. It was also won- mer.
derful to see so many District #1 members The Gathering of Nations in Mayetta,
attending. Kansas held in early August was great fun
The Gathering of Nations is a continu- and thought-provoking too. This was the
ation of the early times when the tribes 16th consecutive year in which
would come together each year to trade Potawatomi tribes officially gathered
goods and renew acquaintances with fami- together to spend time with each other,
ly and friends. The gatherings today differ dance and drum and feast together, teach
from that only in that we Potawatomis and share stories and ideas (including
trade ideas instead of goods. ideas for enhancing governments and trib-
This Gathering opened with an econom- al economies) with each other, and in
ic summit, where all the Nations’ leaders many other ways celebrate our shared
came together to discuss their economies blood and heritage.
and trade ideas and offer suggestions. As The Potawatomi tribes are located as far
an observer, was very impressed with our Karen Porter, and their Chief Little Bear north as Walpole Island, Canada and Parry
tribal leaders. Be assured, the Nishnabe are Day, which coincides with National Native Island, Canada, and as far south as our Potawatomi, and Pokagon Potawatomi.
in good hands. American Day. Our CPN color guard will own, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. This was my Web site addresses for each tribe can be
The second day was taken up with lan- present the colors, and Jon Boursaw will first Gathering, but I hope to not miss any found at
guage lessons by different native speakers; give a short presentation about The Trail of more! I hope you enjoy the account below, http://www.pbpindiantribe.com/other-
this was very interesting and informative. Death. and that it will pique your own interest in potawatomi-nations.aspx.)
Our own Justin Neely, Don Perrot, and Chief Little Bear was Osage, and the attending. Chairman John Barrett and Reps.
Don’s lovely wife were highlights of this Potawatomis and Osages have some Next year would be a great time to start Theresa Adame and Roy Slavin and I par-
session. shared history, thus the name of one of the a tradition of attending, as we are hosting ticipated for the CPN in this meeting. One
As I mentioned in the August cities in Kansas, - Osawatomie or the Gathering in 2010. This means you of Chairman Barrett’s points was that hav-
HowNiKan, I had been honored by a Osage/Potawatomi. Theresa Adame and I will have two opportunities for festivities ing a well-developed tribal commercial
request to name Jackie Foley and her two have decided to make this a combined in Shawnee next summer. The first will be code has been vital to our economic suc-
daughters, Kayla and Kourtney. Jackie is District #1/District #4 event. our Family Reunion Festival 2010 during cess. The Chairman followed up on his
the daughter of my younger brother, Bill I will end this with another request for the last weekend in June, and the second offer to share our Tribal Codes and sample
Slavin. We conducted the ceremony at the your contact information. If you have not will be the 17th Annual Gathering, during contracts and like documents with the
Rossville prayer circle. I’m sure Bill was been receiving e-mail updates from me, the first weekend in August. I hope to see other Nations by spending what must have
filled with pride as he watched from the it’s because I don’t have your e-mail you at one or both and want you to know been quite a lot of personal time burning
spirit world. address. In addition, I would like to have that there is a place at both for you and copies onto thumb drives and presenting
We are now into September, and the mailing addresses as I am trying to prepare your family. these to the Chairmen and Tribal Council
excitement continues as we prepare for the a density map of my district to find the best This year’s Gathering began on a Members at the gift-giving that closed the
fall season and our quarterly Legislative locations for possible district meetings. Wednesday with an Economic Gathering late Saturday night.
meeting. This one is concerned with budg- Megwetch, Development meeting to which all Tribal I spent the next two days alternating
ets and is usually very intense. Roy Slavin Council Members and elected representa- attendance at two other well-organized and
On a lighter note, we have the resump- Legislator, District #1 tives were invited. Our Nation made pre- interesting conferences: the Language
tion of our District #1 craft night. Quite by 6730 Tower Drive sentations on our national bank and suc- Conference and the Youth Conference.
accident Theresa Adame, District #4 repre- Kansas City, MO 64151 cessful grocery store and shared our ideas Many of the tribes’ elders attended and
sentative, and I became involved with the email@example.com on ways in which our fellow Nations can shared our heritage and language during
Neodesha, Kansas Chamber of commerce, Toll-free 888-741-5767 enhance their own economic viability. the two-day Language Conference. I found
The CPN is the largest in population of it moving and inspiring.
FireLake Golf Course the Potawatomi tribes and has most suc-
cessfully diversified beyond the casino
Linguists observe that it is only through
learning a language that one profoundly
business. (Most of our “sister” tribes have keys into the culture and beliefs, and the
New Champion Bermuda grass greens successful casino businesses, including our elders made that same observation
have FireLake Golf Course host, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. throughout the conference. “Our” Justin
looking and playing better than ever. Our other “sister” tribes are Neely made me very proud during his lan-
Wasauksing/Parry Island Potawatomi, guage presentation/instruction. You might
Call 275-4471 to reserve tee times. Hannahville Potawatomi, Gun Lake know that Justin is not a native speaker. I
Potawatomi, Forest County Potawatomi, really admired his courage in standing up –
Walpole Island Potawatomi, Huron and his language and teaching skills once
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 15
he did so -- in front of our many native- on the PBPN fairgrounds with what turned mail by e-mail endeavor. Please make sure me your name and phone number and mail
speaking elders. out to be a broken foot. So, Tim, please you are included! (e-mail or otherwise) address. I would like
Justin provided us very accessible accept this personal, in-print thanks for all A couple of folks called me right before to speak with you and am sorry you missed
instruction and distributed a very popular you did for us, and please thank the fel- the July open house and left messages say- our July get-together.
giveaway at the end of his presentation – a lows that helped you all weekend long! ing they would have loved to attend but Thank you for the honor of representing
bumper sticker reading “Bodewadmi We also had some CPN-focused time on didn’t get the mailed postcard invitation in you.
ndaw” (I am Potawatomi). I have some Saturday. Early Saturday morning Theresa time to plan for the event. I had e-mailed Megwetch,
extras if you are interested (please write or Adame and I drove to Rossville to lay the invitation information weeks before Eva Marie Carney/Ojindiskwe
e-mail me with a request). down cedar in the Rossville prayer circle the postcards made their way to the East Legislator, District #2
Similarly, the Youth Conference was in preparation for a naming ceremony Roy Coast. Avoid missing out in the future by The Portrait Building, Suite 340
well-attended by our Potawatomi young Slavin conducted for several family mem- sending me your e-mail address today. And 701 8th St. , NW, Washington, DC 20001
people from the various tribes. It offered bers and one of the residents of the if you are one of the folks that called and E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
the students what seemed to be very useful Rossville housing complex. You will find are reading this, please call back and give
instruction on budgeting and walking the several photos on my Web site that depict
path toward college and vocational schools Roy’s expert use of flint and steel to start
the morning fire.
District #3 - Robert Whistler
and rewarding jobs afterward. The youth
received positive messages from caring Later that morning we walked behind Bozho, Fellow Texans,
adult presenters and Tribal leaders who the CPN banner in the Rossville Tall Corn August was a very rewarding month!
addressed the Conference and seemed to Festival Parade, and young Molly Slavin, Two wonderful events took place. We par-
really enjoy themselves, especially the in her regalia made by her great-grand- ticipated in the Native Indian Intertribal
Native hypnotist who closed out the con- mother (and Roy’s wife), Julia Slavin, rep- Urban Center function in Dallas on August
ference. resented our Nation expertly. It was a great 19, 2009. CPN helped support their effort
The CPN will have the honor of hosting source of pride to us to see our Eagle Flag to get school supplies for many of our fel-
the Gathering of Nations next year, and I and CPN Color Guard lead off the parade. low bothers and sisters children who will
would suggest that we continue the PBPN (Photos of Molly and the Flag and Color start a new school term in the coming days.
“tradition” of these three Conferences. Guard also are on my Web site.) Second, my wife and I were able to join
The other days and nights of the As you can see the Mayetta trip was roughly 30 others on the bus trip to
Gathering were filled with visiting with filled with activities and exposed us to Mayetta, Kansas to attend this year’s
fellow Potawatomis (both CPN members I many new people, ideas, cultural practices, Gathering of the Potawatomi Nations,
had met before and many new folks who and language insights. Notably, I also got hosted by the Prairie Band Nation. En
were great to meet, as well as folks from some further instruction on our ceremonies route, we visited the Sugar Creek Mission
the other Nations), two nights of Intertribal from Chairman Barrett while in Kansas. I and the Payola Miami Museum, both of
and Competitive Dancing (the CPN had will share these with those who attend the which are in Kansas. I will cover those two
dancers in all the competitions, for whom Naming Ceremony being planned with the stops in my next editorial.
we cheered loudly), traditional feasting Zeigler family in Asheboro, North The Prairie Band Nation is a little small- variety of food for our stay. Breakfast con-
(one night on bison that had been raised Carolina next month. Please do contact me er than CPN on a comparative basis. sisted of eggs, meats, cereal, bread, fruit,
near the Gathering grounds), and wonder- right away for more information if you are However, they have a very wonderful set and juices along with milk, coffee, and tea.
ful drumming and singing. thinking of making a request for a name of facilities on their trust acreage. In addi- For lunch, we had sandwiches and soup,
I received a number of handmade gifts and/or attending that ceremony on tion to their tribal grounds, where most of again with fruit, juices, coffee, tea, and
from other tribes’ elected officials during September 19. the activities were held, they have a beau- milk. For the evening meal, it was always
the gift-giving and these are now displayed I am also considering a trip to the tiful hotel adjacent to their casino with a a hot item. Saturday evening the entrée
in my CPN office. I would love to show Atlanta area in October or November to variety of gambling options, an upscale included bison, which came from several
them to you if you visit. One item will be meet with District #2 citizens in that area. restaurant, great buffet, and a nice set of of their herd.
unavailable for viewing – delicious maple My in-laws have a lovely cabin and meeting rooms, several of which were On this trip I was able to get within
syrup from the Wasauksing/Parry Island acreage near Carrollton, Georgia they have used for the language conference, youth about 25 feet of one large male who was
Potawatomi, which my family and I have offered for a meeting/naming ceremony if conference, and an art exhibit. Their health securely behind barbed-wire fencing. On
been enjoying! there is interest, so please write or call if facility and administrative areas are sepa- rides between the tribal grounds and the
The Gathering was made very comfort- that is of interest to you! rate from the two areas where we spent the hotel/casino, we saw their Bison herd sev-
able through the hard work of Tim Zientek The Legislature’s next meeting will majority of our time. eral times.
and his team. They brought tents, coolers, focus on budget matters; I will update my Reps. Theresa Adame, Eva Marie
refreshments and snacks, first-aid supplies, Web site with information about the meet- Carney, Roy Slavin, and I joined the lan-
tables and chairs and their good humor all ing once it has occurred. guage group on Friday. An extremely tal-
the way to Mayetta, so the CPN citizens The final note with which I’ve promised ented group of ‘speakers” from several of
and their families attending the Gathering to always end my column – and I know the other Nations gave us lessons on the
had a very pleasant place to gather and ending this way makes me may sound like language. On Saturday evening in support
talk. a broken record (now there’s a dated of learning our language, the Wasauksing
Tim also was instrumental in organizing expression!) -- but, please, send me your First Nation of Parry Sound, Ontario,
our giveaways to the other Nations and contact details and those of your family Canada gave out lexicons at The
was a great “first-responder” when I hob- members, if they authorize you to provide Giveaway.
bled back to the CPN tent after a silly fall them to me. Building community is an e- The Prairie Band offered an excellent In addition to the language and youth
16 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6
information sessions, there were classes on
several type of beading, hand/finger-weav-
ing, and ribbon work. I was able to get to
District #4 - Theresa Adame
two of the beading classes, and have a Dear Citizens,
great deal of respect for the time and skill It has been a busy summer. I want to
involved in this craft. start by thanking the staff from Shawnee
Grand entries and dancing were held on who traveled with the bus to the Gathering
both Friday and Saturday evening. Several in Kansas. I tried to make you feel as wel-
pictures of our CPN members in atten- come in Kansas as you make me feel when
dance along with a couple of others follow: I visit Oklahoma. The Prairie Band was a
very gracious host, and I enjoyed my first
Gathering. As always, the best part was
meeting more citizens and meeting
Potawatomi leaders from all the Nations.
I was very proud of our Nation when I
sat in on the economic conference on
Grand Entry Wednesday. The elected officers of all the
As you can see, many members of the Nations came together to discuss enterpris-
seven Potawatomi Nations had representa- es that the tribes might work on together.
tion in the arena dancing and their regalia Most of the morning was spent in learning
Cathy Wamego, Margaret Zientek, and
are varied and beautiful. The Citizen from a presentation about our Citizen
Theresa Talbot of the CPN
Potawatomi Nation will host the 2010 Potawatomi Nation enterprises. The focus There was also a chance for participants
Gathering. I look forward to seeing many was on our bank and grocery store. We to write a resume. The 14 youth with the
of you there, in the arena in your regalia. also heard a presentation from the First best resumes then got to be in a fashion
In closing for this month, I am looking Nation on their prescription drug program. show “Dressed for Success.” The after-
for volunteers to help at classes here in They use the advantage of their reservation noon ended with a hypnotist who had both
Bedford in January 2010. The plan is for being divided down the middle, with half young and old laughing.
beading and ribbon work class. If you in the U.S. and half in Canada, to be a dis- Rep. Roy Slavin and I are working on
would like to give us a hand, please let me tributor to tribes in the U.S. This was a an event together, scheduled for September
know. great way for me, as a new legislator, to 26, 2009 in Neodesha, Kansas. I do not
At the same time, if we have requests, a learn how the Potawatomi governments have all the details yet, but if you are inter-
Naming ceremony will also be held. And work. ested in participating, please contact me.
Al Nocktonick, CPN member, Holton, Kansas finally, if the southern Texas area would I sat in on the language conference, The chamber of commerce is still in the
like for a session to be held there, say in where the CPN Language Program’s Justin planning stages, but they are providing us
Houston or Corpus Christi, drop me an e- Neely and Don Perrot were presenters. with a space during the day so we can be
mail. Both did a great job representing our tribe. available to talk to citizens who are able to
Bama Pi, We were also well-represented in the attend. They are also looking for a drum,
Bob Whistler/B’Mashi dance contest, but I don’t want to list vendors, etc.
District 3 Representative names, as I am sure I will leave someone If you would like to be added to my e-
Citizen Potawatomi Nation out. mail list, send me an e-mail to
112 Bedford Road, Suite 116 Most of my time at Gathering was spent email@example.com. This is the best
Bedford, TX 76022 in the youth conference. The first morning way to remain informed of events going on
817-282-0868 featured a panel of tribal leaders from each in Kansas.
RWhistler@Potawatomi.org tribe. The attendees could ask questions. Megwetch,
RobertMWhistler@Yahoo.com The afternoon session focused on budget- Theresa Adame
ing and preparation for college.
George Adamietz and Peggy Kinder
Shop FireLake Gifts
San Remo’s Restaurant
Fine Italian Cuisine
Monday - Thursday 11:00am-9:30pm Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Friday & Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm Cultural Heritage Center
Located atop the Firelake Golf Course Clubhouse
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 17
We hope to continue this local regional tra- any of your family traditional dishes) be
District #5 - Gene Lambert dition that gives everyone in attendance a
time to be together, to enjoy good food and
provided pot-luck style. Please RSVP for
the event via phone at 760-617-1597 or e-
District #5 Members, good company. mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look
I have been listening to all the stories On Saturday, November 21, 2009, from forward to seeing you and your families at
about the trip to the Gathering earlier this 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I am honored to the event!
month. It is an awesome experience, I host our next event for Legislative District If you have any questions, comments, or
know, as I have gone in the past. My #6. Please join us for our second annual suggestions for the event please don’t hes-
schedule did not allow me to travel this “Fall Feast.” The following will be provid- itate to contact us.
year. Luckily, the others have shared their ed: turkey, rolls, and an assortment of pies. Chi - Megwetch,
experiences and you can feel as if you had In accordance with Potawatomi tradition, Ron Goyer
attended. we are asking that side dishes such as veg- Legislator/District #6
My thoughts today go to the way we etables, potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc. (or Citizen Potawatomi Nation
treat our friends and family. The things we
do and say to others that you can never
take back, reword, or re-live. The impres- District #8 - Dave Carney
sions left on the hearts somehow seem to
be the last we consider and we respond Bozho from District #8,
without any thought that there may not be us, and we are weak. On a recent Tuesday night, I was driving
a tomorrow. Our value as a group is endless. Each of home from a football practice for Luke,
We take for granted that our spouses, you is a part. No single person is more my 10-year-old son, when my cell phone
parents, grandparents, or children know valuable than the other. Each piece of the rang. It was a call from the 405 area code.
how we really feel inside. We assume that puzzle brings together the Citizen Initially, I hesitated in answering it. When
they do not need to be told “I love you.” Potawatomi Nation. I did answer, I learned it was news of the
After all, they know how I feel, you think. What if we woke up tomorrow and it run-off election results. Did I really want
Do they? was not there? to know what the results were? What was
Imagine for a minute the original fami- I guess the point here, in case you are the end result of more than 10 months of
lies that went through so much as they wondering, is that we always think there campaigning?
traveled across this land to find a place to will be a tomorrow and that what we need I had won the election by a thin margin.
call home. Having only the thought of and want to do can wait. I want to thank Patrick Shannon for a race
keeping the family members alive and It can’t. well run, as well as the other candidates
together, their inspiration had to be the Thus the saying: “Live today as if there whom I faced in June. I hope to meet them
vision of a better future. Did they wonder will be no tomorrow, and plan as if you in the future, hear their ideas, and be able
if there would be a tomorrow? will live forever.” to call upon them for assistance in the
What did we learn from this as a person, Migwetch, weeks and months ahead.
family, or nation? Together we are strong Gene Lambert In September, I am hitting the ground
and have a wonderful foundation. Separate Rep., District #5 running - getting right to work - for the
members of District #8 and the Nation. I cal year. I will be attending this meeting in
District #6 - Ron Goyer am redesigning my Web site with the help
of my oldest son, Nick. We are transform-
person rather than through the internet.
This will be a great honor for me, and I
ing it from a campaign site to a site that want to thank you for your votes, support,
will be a resource for the 2,000 CPN mem- and the opportunity to represent you!
I hope this submission finds you and
bers living in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Lastly, I will be opening an office in
your families doing well. Our region con-
Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, Olympia, Washington and have an open
tinues to offer classes free of charge in the
South Dakota, and Nebraska. house planned for Sunday, September 27,
I truly believe that not everyone under- from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On my Web site, I
stands or is aware of all of the great strides will have detailed information about the
that have been made over the last 10 years event and the office location. There will be
• GED Prep
and all of the benefits that are currently lots of food, pop, a door prize, and hope-
• Introduction to Tribal Gaming
available to us out in the districts. Please fully, the most important ingredient:
• History of Tribal Gaming
check out www.dave-carney.com for infor- Potawatomis! Please send me an e-mail or
• Gaming Theory
mation and for downloading the forms call me to RSVP: email@example.com or
• Gaming Law
needed to access health aids, burial insur- 360-259-4027. Children, wise elders, and
• Resume Development
ance, and other valuable benefits to which everyone else is welcome. I look forward
If you are interested in these topics,
you are entitled. to meeting you.
please contact me at 760-617-1597 or by e-
had a large number of people in atten- I will be spending several days in Megwetch,
mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up
dance. I hope that this event continues to Shawnee in the middle of the month. The Dave Carney/Kagakshi
an appointment. We look forward to seeing
bring in an even larger number of legislature will be meeting with the pri- Legislator, District #8
you in the near future.
Potawatomis, local tribal members, and mary objective of working with and www.dave-carney.com
Fall is approaching, and it is time for the
local governmental community leaders. approving the budget for the upcoming fis-
Second Annual Fall Feast. Last year’s feast
18 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6
strophic loss of natural resources into a
District #9 - Paul Wesselhöft
So - stand straight; be brave; preach
perpetual state of prosperity. We rebuild pride. We are tribe. We are Citizens of the
for our family, our children, and our chil- Potawatomi Nation!
dren’s children. We rebuild upon the scat- Migwetch,
tered aches and aspirations of an indige- Paul Wesselhoft
I recently became a free member of
nous nation and for the triumph of a tribe. Legislator, District #9
Facebook, an interactive, social-network-
Our skin is dark, light, or white. Our PWesselhoft@Potawatomi.org
ing Web site accessible to all. I have
eyes are brown, green, or blue. We are
become interactive friends to many
Indian. We are the native Americans.
Potawatomis throughout not only the
District #10 - David Barrett
United States but also the whole world!
On Facebook, I submitted a few essays
pertaining to Potawatomis. The numerous
responses, for the most part, were well Bozho,
thought-out, insightful, and actually help- The flu season is on us again. What are
ful in revising and improving my essays. some of the questions we as individuals
Facebook can be a tremendous network- want to know to best prevent or at least
ing source for our Nation. There are more reduce the risk of getting real sick with the
than 400 members on a site within common flu or the H1N1 flu this year. If
Facebook called “Citizen Potawatomi you listen to the media you will get mixed
Nation.” messages from “stay at home if you run a
I invite you to join this organization and fever” to “don’t go to work if you have a
get connected with fellow Potawatomis. I tobacco. fever,” – and more.
invite you to join, and ask to be my Racist palefaces and their uninked poli- How do we know when to go to work or
Facebook friend. If you do, I will confirm cy of genocide rolled with many white stay home? The media is stating that hos-
you as my Facebook friend and through wagons across rolling prairies. Bison and pitals across the country are establishing
our typed conversations, we will, indeed, those dependent on the buffalo were tar- different strategies for receiving flu
become friends! I will share with you a geted for extinction. Bleached bones of patients. These range from regular patients
number of essays, poems, articles, bills, beasts and man strewed the land. coming to triage by setting up different
resolutions, and ideas that will increase our Parchments, inked with broken treaties, locations than those for patients with
unity and progress as a tribal nation. were bartered for pressured concessions, other-than-flu symptoms to keep the con-
Below is an example of how I changed quick-fix assurances, and enforced accul- tamination and exposure rate down.
and improved an essay that I will publish turation. As for me, I’ll try to put in place some
in a number of sources. It is a much better Lives and land were lost, lessons common-sense practices that we have got-
document because of you - thanks! learned, dreams dashed, memories memo- ten away from: (4) Follow Public Health Advice regard-
---------------------------------------- rialized, remnants of a past, a place - ours. (1) Cover your nose and mouth with a ing school closures, avoiding crowds, and
The Triumph of a Tribe: Manifesto However, they are a past, not to be for- tissue when you cough or sneeze and teach taking other social-distancing measures.
by Rep. Paul Wesselhöft/Citizen gotten, but a past and a place no longer your children to do likewise; throw the tis- It is recommended that everyone should
Potawatomi Nation suitable or salutary to dwell on, and cer- sue in the trash every time you use one; if get his regular flu shot as soon as possible.
Bullets trumped arrows. We lost. tainly not a past or place to wallow. you are caught without a tissue, cover your The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to
Colonial imperialists clearing out the Character trumped contempt. We mouth with your hand or cough into your protect against the 2009 H1N1 flu, com-
tall timber could no longer dwell near won. arm pit, preferably, versus your hand; and monly known as ‘Swine Flu.’
existing native villages. Eventually, one Because we survive, actually thrive and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth In the past, seasonal flu vaccine has
had to die a deliberate death, neither the labor for a lustrous future, because we because germs spread this way. contained an H1N1 component. That
Pilgrim nor the Puritan. Many native to the reinvigorated a vibrant culture and revital- (2) Wash your hands often with anti- might be a partial explanation of the fact
land had to learn a new prayer and cut their ized an old tongue out of desolation, bacterial soap and water; wash your hands that older people in good health have expe-
hair or remain lost in a new world. because we constituted elective govern- more thoroughly than in the past; wash rienced a lower H1N1 infection rate than
European immigrants, pressing west- ment out of disorder and despair, because your hands as though you were going into other age groups. However, this has not
ward, found the frontier inhospitable, fear- we forged a practical sovereignty out of surgery. This procedure involves washing been scientifically proven.
ing the native “savage.” One had to die a paternalistic dependence, and because we your hands above the wrist, between the There are two varieties of H1N1 flu.
deliberate death, not the military nor the built a superior nation out of an inferior fingers, and under the fingernails. This Scientists say the 2009 version is different
mountaineer, neither the public nor the allotment, we won. practice needs to be demonstrated to your from the variety protected against through
pioneer. Long knives grinned sharper, Officially, you called me to be a nation- children by assisting them with your guid- the seasonal flu vaccine administered in
pierced deeper than tomahawks. builder yet you too, my native brothers and ance with their hands to ensure they are 2008 and that is being administered this
Manifest Destiny proved a more lethal sisters, are nation-builders. We all must be doing it properly. year. Thus, all who are at risk should
doctrine than aboriginal rights, sacrosanct nation-builders, creating a nationhood and (3) Stay home if you get sick because receive both the 2009 seasonal flu vaccine
land and inherent sovereignty. Gifts of gin a nationality that is both sovereignly sepa- the Centers for Disease Control recom- and the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.
and imbibes of brandy, along with the rate from, and peacefully part of, the host mends that you stay home from work or Regardless, we have many deaths from
white forked tongue, proved a more seduc- nation. school and limit contact with others to the seasonal flu, a fact that warrants every-
tive taste than maze and peaceful pipes of We must rebuild a nation from a cata- keep from infecting them. one’s taking seasonal flu shots.
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Vaccines are the most powerful public groups include pregnant women, people information about how you can apply for a repayment benefits are in addition to the
health tool for control of influenza. The who live with or care for children younger minority fellowship at OSU or OU. institutional salary you receive for your
2009 H1N1 vaccine will be available in the than 6 months old, healthcare and emer- Also check into the National research. For a copy of the solicitation,
fall. It is anticipated that seasonal flu and gency medical services personnel, persons Institute of Health’s Loan Repayment v i s i t
2009 H1N1 vaccines will be able to be between the ages of 6 months and 24 years Program (www.lrp.nih.gov). From http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-
administered on the same day. However, old, and people 25 through 64 years old September 1 through December 1, 2009, files/NOT-OD-09-107.html.
the seasonal flu vaccine is available now. who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 this federal program is accepting applica- To learn about ways the tribe can
Our CPN clinic has been administering the because of chronic health disorders or tions from outstanding health profession- assist you with educational scholarships,
seasonal flu shot since the beginning of compromised immune systems. als to pursue careers in biomedical, behav- please e-mail Tribal Rolls Director Charles
September. I don’t like needles, but my We have all become lax about ioral, social, and clinical research. If you Clark at CClark@Potawatomi.org.
wife and I have already received our sea- prevention when we tell ourselves, “What commit at least two years to conducting As always, I am thinking Potawatomi.
sonal flu shots. if I do get sick? I’ll just go to the doctor qualified research, NIH might repay up to Lisa
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immu- and get medicine.” We need to change this $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt LKraft@Potawatomi.org
nization Practices (ACIP) has recommend- pattern in our lifestyle. per year, including most undergraduate, www.CopperBearConsulting.com
ed that certain groups of the population Megwetch, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan
receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it David Barrett/Mnedobe
first becomes available. These target Legislator, District #10 District #12 - Paul Schmidlkofer
District #11 - Lisa Kraft Bozho, nikan!
We will soon be starting the budget
In an effort to train the next wave of sci- process in the legislature. It’s one of those
entists, the National Science Foundation yearly things where we look over all the
(NSF), an independent Federal agency, is budgets for all of the departments within
offering a competitive grant program that the Nation. It is during this time that I
will pay an individual a salary as he works often reflect on how far this tribe has
toward a research-based master’s or doc- come. Each year we hear about new enter-
toral degree. Regardless of age, this feder- prises that we are either starting or consid-
al request for proposals is for students just ering.
starting their graduate education or starting But, during budget review, we are
a new one. reminded how far we have come. Growing
National Science Foundation up just down the road from the Nation’s
Graduate Research Fellowship Program headquarters, I have been able to watch the
(GRFP) proposals are due on November growth over the years. Any onlooker can
2, 2009 for those in interdisciplinary stud- see we have made great progress over the
ies, math, engineering, computer science, past 20-or-more years. But, when we start
social sciences, life, biological, and geo- looking at the budgets and all the business-
sciences. They are due on November 12, es and programs we now have, you get to
2009 for chemistry, physics, astronomy, start appreciating what has happened. this condition for many years. She now has
and engineering students. The NSF expects active funding opportunities for GRFP Know that we legislators, as well as the my sympathy. As I age, it seems I continue
to award 1,654 applicants up to $30,000- (solicitation NSF 09-603). You must have executive branch, keep a watchful eye on to increase in my appreciation for the eld-
a-year each for three years. The university a bachelor’s degree prior to the fall of 2010 these businesses and programs and their ers who walk these footsteps before me
where the graduate student is enrolled and great grades. Awards will be made in budgets. The current administration has and the battles they fought.
receives $10,500 per year for tuition costs. March 2010, so you must expect to enter done an exceptional job of stretching the I hope this issue of the HowNiKan finds
The university then absorbs the tuition into a graduate program by summer or fall dollars over the years. I have been privy to each of you in good health and that pros-
costs in excess of the $10,500 for the of 2010. If you want to talk about an appli- this process now for several years. I can perity comes your way. As always, it has
three-to-five years while the fellow com- cation and how to submit on Fastlane, tell you that they watch over our Nation been an honor to serve you.
pletes a degree. please e-mail me. very well and take this very seriously. Megwetch!
I could write all day about the merits of I’ve been meaning to write about a very Well, I’ve been battling a small health Paul Schmidlkofer
this opportunity: To receive a salary and special tribal member I met a few months issue the past few days. I had an inner ear Representative, District #12
have tuition waived while obtaining a back. She also works in grants. Kay Porter problem. My mother-in-law has dealt with
graduate degree would be a dream come is the Program Manager at Oklahoma State
true. As a member of the Citizen University (OSU) for the Bridge to the
Potawatomi Nation, you already have a leg Doctorate Program. This program is also
up in this competition. Wow! If you have impressive, and is based right here in
ever wanted that master’s or Ph.D., here is Oklahoma. Kay works with her counter-
the perfect incentive. The competition will part at the University of Oklahoma (OU) to
be tough, but the rewards are worth the help minority students obtain their doctor-
time to write the proposal and get your let- al degrees in science, technology, engi-
ters of recommendation submitted. neering, and mathematics (STEM). Please
Go to www.nsf.gov and search the contact Kay at Kay.Porter@okstate.edu for
20 HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6
and challenging, but very rewarding.
District #13- Bobbie Bowden On another topic, as of July 29, the CPN
Cultural Heritage Center has a new direc-
Bozho, tor, Karen Whitecotton Phillips. Karen is a
At my house, we are getting into full proud descendant of the Toupin family and
swing of the school year, as are most of a former employee of the Citizen
you with children. My son Bryce is in the Potawatomi Nation, where she worked for
5th grade at Nicoma Park Intermediate Bob Trousdale in the Tribal Heritage histo-
School. His first school project was to ry project and the planning stages of our
make a 3D artifact from a Native American new Cultural Heritage Center. She has a
culture. We chose to make a replica of a degree in History and Museum Studies
birch bark wigwam that the Potawatomi from the University of Central Oklahoma,
lived in during the 1700s which landed her a previous position with
the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and
Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City.
Karen’s father, David Whitecotton, is a
former elected official of the Nation.
Karen is already working on new ideas to fruit wood finish. The cost is $60 … a very
preserve and display the history of our trib- conservative price. I recently purchased
al families. Congratulations to her for one for my home, and now my children are
coming home to work for her tribe! hinting that they would like to have one
We are truly blessed to have such dedicat- Speaking of the Cultural Heritage also. Well, in the scheme of things,
ed and knowledgeable people to provide Center, I believe there is a hidden treasure Christmas is not far away.
us this information to pass along to future at the gift shop that many of you might As usual, I cherish the opportunity to
generations. have forgotten. The family banners are serve as your Vice Chairman.
I would like to encourage all of you to now framed and ready to hang in your Megwetch,
visit the Web site and the Heritage Center. favorite spot at home or place of work. Linda Capps
It was a great experience to share and And, please share this experience with They are beautifully framed with a dark
learn about this part of our history along your children.
with my son and my father. (A special As always, thank you for the opportuni-
thanks to my dad for all of your help! You ty to serve you. I will continue to do my
are an amazing grandpa!) best to serve you well.
We were able to find the information on Megwetch,
the Nation’s Web site at Bobbi Bowden
www.Potawatomi.org, along with seeing BBowden@Potawatomi.org
the replica at the Cultural Heritage Center.
Vice Chairman Linda Capps
Bozho, Nikan, agers who must plan for the enterprises
The Oklahoma rains have brought a and internal services. Most of our govern-
beautiful, green, end-of-summer to the ment program managers know by now
Nation. We are blessed to have such a pic- how much funding they will have for FY
turesque landscape this late in the season. 2010. That is not true for those directors
Usually by this time of year, we find the and managers who are dependent on forth-
land parched from a long, hot summer. I coming revenue.
applaud the various crews who work dili- By the time this HowNiKan reaches you
gently each day to maintain the facilities, readers, our legislators will have approved
grounds, and parking lots. As the Nation a new budget, which will, no doubt,
continues to grow with additional physical exceed last year’s figure of nearly $215
structures and land base, the task of ren- million. A lot of work has been done in
dering a polished, manicured appearance is preparing the budgets by directors, man-
enormous. agers, and accounting staff members. A
Our directors have worked very hard budget team led by Accounting and Self-
this year to manage their budgets for the Governance staff members has put in long
new fiscal year in anticipation of an econ- hours to compile the budget. In addition,
omy that is not clear-cut. Planning for the the Executive team has reviewed and final-
October 2009 through September 2010 ized the budget package, sending it for-
budget is a bit easier for those who manage ward for approval and/or change by the FireLake Gifts manager Penny Coates displays two of the framed family banners that are
governmental programs than for the man- legislators. The whole process is difficult available at the gift shop for $60 each.
HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6 21
out “You lie!” at the President during his eral “bailout” money.
Chairman John Barrett address to Congress, a breach of the rules
of etiquette and civility in that chamber
This is unlawful. It ignores the authori-
ty of Congress – and caused the theft of a
Bozho, Nikan, that is as old as our country. When the big piece of our hard-earned retirement
May I again express my gratitude to President recently announced he was and personal investments by unrestrained
each of you for the honor of being re-elect- going to address schoolchildren in a stock market “short-sellers.” Add into this
ed to my seventh term of office as Tribal speech, as every President of United States dysfunction the general loss of civility and
Chairman? In the next few weeks, we will has done for six decades, he was climate of fear in the public mind, and
be determining our 2010 annual budget. denounced and derided and the press pub- President Obama’s “big issue” to end the
The challenge is a balance between what lished stories that certain people were crash seems clear. But as he said in his
we want to do for our people and what we going to keep their children out of school school address to the kids, each of us has a
can afford. With God’s help and the able that day. The rule of reason has gone away. personal responsibility to make a differ-
contributions of my fellow members of the I don’t agree with everything the President ence.
Executive Branch and the foresight of our is proposing, but I know nothing can come I believe the path to a better day starts
Tribal Legislature, we will continue to do of this chaos except anarchy. with each of us. If each Citizen
the best we can do. I ask for your prayers, I cannot help but recall the old days of Potawatomi Indian, each day, simply
advice, and support in this difficult time. our “General Council” form of tribal gov- chooses to obey the law, turn off any tele-
It is a trying time in our entire country, ernment when a small minority of people, vision show that is offensive, vote against
which spills over onto our Tribe, in spite of less than 30 but still a “majority” in a mudslinging politician, walk away from
what we do to prevent it. We have weath- General Council, could physically disrupt the inflammatory preacher or teacher,
ered the storm in pretty good shape, but we another on the Senate floor with a cane and our meetings to the point of paralysis – and change the subject when someone is being
do not know if the storm is clearing. That’s beat him bloody and senseless, has seen often did. We fixed that in our constitution put down, and be polite to everyone we
the big question, is the “crash” over? such a loss of Congressional courtesy and by including more people in the electorate, meet, we can change the world around us.
In United States history, almost every decorum. Our highest legislative body, the and by empowering each branch of gov- Then let’s go the HUGE extra step – go
“crash” in the economy was triggered by United States Congress, has lost its civility ernment with separate authority to “bal- positive. Help the lawman, turn on the
acts of greed by a few and was prolonged and ability to keep order to the back room ance” governmental power with a “divi- show that is decent, vote for a good guy,
by fearfulness in the public many. History power brokers, to the “spin merchants,” sion of powers.” The United States find a new preacher/teacher, speak well
repeats itself. People begin to save when and to mechanics of hate and partisanship Constitution provided that model. What about someone every time you can, and
business needs spending. Banks make born of modern campaign politics. has happened to that model in the present thank someone for his courtesy. That’s my
credit hard to get when loans are necessary This dreck used to leave town when the reality of the U.S. government is some- “New-Term Resolution” for the next four
for businesses to survive. Wealth begins to election was over. With the advent of men thing we should all watch with careful years.
concentrate in fewer and fewer people as like Karl Rove, now the campaign, with its attention to avoid the same pitfalls. We all need a return to civility, a return
the money supply shrinks. The rich got inflammatory rhetoric, is officially never Things have gone awry. The U.S. to a time when being polite and respectful
richer and the poor got poorer. Historically, over, and never sinks too low. Even in this Supreme Court is making decisions that to others, especially fellow members of a
the hard times end when an external crisis, fearful and uncertain time, as we teeter on completely change the meaning of laws governing body, was a virtue, and speaking
like war or the threat of loss of a vital the brink of international financial disaster passed by Congress, upsetting the “balance ill of another reflected poorly on the speak-
resource, diverts attention away from fear and when the most important ingredient of powers.” The Congress has created er. That is the Indian way, and is truly
and focuses it on a common goal. for our survival is public confidence, the Agencies and Commissions and Regu- Potawatomi tradition. We need statesmen,
In the present, President Barack Obama hate mongers keep up the din of dissent latory Bodies staffed with unremoveable not politicians, and public servants not
is trying to focus national attention on so and the drumbeat of fear. civil service employees who daily usurp “civil servants.” We need our governments
many targets - health care reform, alterna- The information revolution – the inter- the power of the President to run the gov- - tribal, state, and national - to create and
tive energy, banking abuses, stock market net, cable, television, and personal com- ernment, notably in our case, the Bureau of enforce a code of conduct that favors
fraud, and two wars in Iraq and munications devices like Blackberry and Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, order, fairness, and the polite exchange of
Afghanistan - that the people cannot focus iPhone - have made it possible to instantly Department of Justice, U.S. Treasury, and ideas and information. Congress needs
on one big thing. Fear remains, and people flood the world with disinformation or many others. this, our Tribe needs this, the several states
will keep losing jobs and less money will what some ultra-conservative Australian Past Presidents have refused to enforce need this, and in fact, every body created
get into the economy. billionaire who owns most of the United laws passed by Congress to protect the to govern people needs this.
I hope and pray he is successful in turn- States’ media thinks is newsworthy. This people from monopoly greed and avarice, Wouldn’t the world be a better place if
ing things around. But first, he has to get propaganda machine is pumping a steady like the anti-trust laws and securities regu- we dealt with each other that way, as well?
the country focused on a common purpose. stream of slanted stories, half-truths, and lations. The entire present financial crisis Megwetch,
He has many obstacles. Some are old and even lies into our fantasy world of tele- came from a lack of enforcement of the John Barrett/Keweoge
some are new. Racism and religious intol- vised violence, tasteless entertainment, regulatory powers of Congress: bogus
erance are as old as mankind. But “a flood and pandering posing as reporting on the home mortgages, and the open pillaging of
of disinformation” into a society numbed news, leaving us all either numb or fearful stockholders’ equity in publicly held com-
to uncivil conduct is something entirely or angry. How about a New York Post car- panies, especially banks and stock-brokers
new. The “flood “even reaches the United toon portraying President Obama as a (now one and the same), by paying many
States Congress. berserk chimpanzee about to be shot? Who thousands of people huge multimillion
No other President since before the civil do we believe? dollar salaries and bonuses while the com-
war, when a Member of Congress attacked A Member of Congress recently shouted pany seeks bankruptcy protection and fed-
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The HowNiKan photography team at Festival 2009 included Michael Dodson, Nathan McKay, Charles Meloy, Gus
Porter, Jennifer Randell, Dane Smart, Bree Dunham, Meredith Everett, Jay Pollard, Jason Brittain, Liza Arceta,
Chandra Taylor, and Austin Burnett. Enjoy much more of their work in the upcoming HowNiKan.
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n Festival 2009
1) Chairman John Barrett leads a Naming Ceremony
that was just one of many cultural activities available
during Family Reunion Festival 2009.
2) Inside the wigwam in the Cultural Heritage Center’s
diorama was a nice place fora break from the sometimes-
hectic pace of Festival.
3) FireLake Gifts manager Penny Coates and her
father Tom Post seem to be thoroughly enjoying the activ-
4) Wonder if that killer move won Victor Cope (in blue
shirt) this game in the checkers tournament?
5) The form looks good, but we’ll never know if this
warm-up shot found the bottom of the basket as these
young men prepare for 3-on-3 basketball tournament
6) As in years past, the archery competition was both
5 intense and very popular.
7) It was time for making some beautiful music after
constructing these flutes in the flute-making class.
8) Dennis Hoy earned third place in the CPN Art
Contest with his painting of the pensive young boy at a
pow. Hoy also painted the portrait of a dancing Leslie
Deer, who works in the CPN Job Pride Department. The
boy at the pow wow wears a headband with the surname
Grimmett on it. The photo of him that was the model for
this painting was shot at the CPN pow wow in October
2004. If anyone knows him, please contact the CPN
10 Public Information Department.
9) Another of Lester Hash’s amazing miniature build-
ings gets a thorough examination prior to the art contest.
10) Looks like it’s time to absorb some family history
while viewing a Tribal Heritage Project-produced video.
11) It wasn’t long before this dough was transformed
into some delicious frybread.
12) The weather wizard smiled on Saturday morning’s
annual Festival golf tournament.
13) Even while you’re preparing them, the thought of
tasty frybread makes one smile -- broadly.
14) Former CPN Business Committee member Beverly
Hughes grabbed a moment to pose with current CPN
Legislator Paul Schmidlkofer.
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n Festival 2009
1) Competition was intense in the 3-on-3 basket-
2) Kyler Kammako & Leanne Morris create a
Potawatomi tune on their flutes.
3) Late Saturday afternoon provided ideal
weather for the Gourd Dancing.
4) CPN Dist. #11 Rep. Lisa Kraft enjoyed
Saturday evening’s Pow Wow Dance.
5) CPN Dist. #12 Rep. Paul Schmidlkofer keeps
an eagle eye peeled as a Hand Games judge.
6) From left, Reps. Paul Schmidlkofer, Roy
Slavin, Bobbie Bowden, Gene Lambert, Theresa
Adame, and Eva Marie Carney join Vice Chairman
Linda Capps and Chairman John Barrett in the
Pow Wow Dance Grand Entry.
7) Wellness Center Director Leslie Cooper wel-
comed Eileen and Joe David Melot to the center’s
8) The twirly-bird and all the other midway
attractions were again popular with Potawatomis
of all ages.
9) CPN member Michael Kennedy participated
in the Potawatomi language instruction, just one of
a number of cultural activities available during the
10) The CPN lacrosse team has become extreme-
ly popular and hosted a pickup/demonstration
11) The Sacred Heart church remains beautiful
and colorful these many years later.
12) These Bergerons gathered in the pow wow
grounds bleachers to smile for a photo that was
turned into a poster by FireLake Designs. FLD and
8 the Public Information Office invite Festival 2010’s
honored families to organize such photo sittings for
Saturday morning for posters, T-shirts, and maybe,
a computer mouse pad!
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Tribal Area Gathering - Arlin
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ngton, Virginia - May 2, 2009
1. The Wisest Potawatomi member
present, Mr. Richard Nourie, 88 years old
and from Silver Springs, Maryland, is a
descendant of the Bourassa family. It was a
pleasure for Chairman Barrett to present
Mr. Nourie a Pendleton blanket.
2. Three Legislators were in attendance
at the meeting. Roy Slavin of District #1,
Theresa Adame of District #4, and Eva
Marie Carney of District #2.
3. The youngest enrolled tribal member
present was Eleanor Yvonne Javins, four
weeks old, She is shown with her mother
Kathryn and Chairman John Barrett. The
Javinses are descendants of the Pettifer
4. Fred Clark, with his son Micah and
wife Cindy of Silver Spring, Maryland,
poses after the meeting. Fred and Micah
are descendants of the Burns/Navarre
5. Amanda Klein, with daughter Ella
and fiancé Michael, poses for a picture.
The Kleins are descendants of the Tescier
6. Dale and Sue Wagner of Lake
Monticello, Virginia pose with daughter
Amy Hones of Waldorf, Mary-land. Sue
and Amy are descendants of the Julia
7. Daniel and Kathy Francoeur traveled
from Syracuse, New York and won the
prize for the longest distance traveled.
Daniel’s heritage name, Francoeur, is list-
ed on both the 1887 and 1937 tribal rolls.
Seated at their table is Tyler Pearce of
Rochester, New York. The Pearce name
also appears on the 1887 and 1937 tribal
8. Steven Klein holds his granddaughter
9 while she is napping. Steve had several
grandchildren and two of his three daugh-
ters present at the meeting. A descendant
of the Tescier family, Steven lives in West
9. James Scarborough, Jodi Lewis, and
Jodi’s grandson stand in line for their pic-
ture IDs as Caralee Dockstader, Jodi's
daughter, gets her picture made. Jodi had
seven of her eight daughters in attendance
at the meeting plus numerous grandchil-
dren. Jodi and her daughters are descen-
dants of the Vieux/Tomey families. James
Scarborough is a descendant of the Brant
10. Pam and John Murphy drove from
Ft. Valley, Virginia to attend the meeting.
Pam is a descendant of the Pearce family.
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CHC, con’t. from page 9
to add 10 new collections to its permanent stock! We are offering a 10% discount to
holdings. It is with this material that we all tribal members (please have your tribal
can teach our young ones and future gener- ID card at hand) on remaining current-sea-
ations the cultural and historical aspects of son Pendleton apparel (shirts, jackets, etc.)
the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. We must The sale does NOT include blankets or
continue collecting and preserving this accessories. The sale ends when the cur-
material to provide visitors and scholars of rent stock is all sold, and it’s going fast!
the tribe an in-depth and accurate look at Christmas will be here before long, so
Potawatomi life. keep an eye on our Pendleton merchan-
Ninety percent of the archival collection dise. We’ll have some great Spring 2010
is made up of materials either donated or merchandise just in time for holiday shop-
loaned to the Cultural Heritage Center. ping!
With the Citizen Potawatomi Nation so We’re also pleased to announce that we
deeply rooted in family ties, genealogical have a Limited Edition Pendleton Blanket:
research is at the forefront of activities pro- “Shared Spirits.” The blanket is #87/300,
vided at the CHC. With this in mind, I meaning only 300 of these blankets were
encourage all tribal members, young and manufactured. This year is the 100th
old, to donate and/or loan any cultural, his- anniversary of Pendleton Mills, which
torical, and genealogical material. makes this item even more desirable! In
If you are interested in donating and/or addition to the blanket, we have a 100th
loaning any material, please contact R. Anniversary Pendleton plaque available.
Don Berkey Cynthia Lou Post
Blake Norton, Tribal Archivist at 405-878- Come see these and other great finds at
5830 ext. 7120 or Firelake Gifts! graduated from Oklahoma Baptist Jim and Mary Lou Post; three sisters, Patty
BNorton@Potawatomi.org. The online store is once again up and University in 1981 and from the Buckmaster and her husband Dennis of
running. We look forward to being able to Oklahoma University Law School. Springfield, Missouri, CPN FireLake Gifts
FireLake Gifts serve more of the CPN membership Cynthia worked at the National Cowboy manager Penny Coates and her husband
nationwide at and Western Heritage Museum, where she Andrew of Shawnee, and Cathy Stephens
Penny Coates, Manager
http://giftshop.potawatomi.org. was Assistant Director of Development, of Shawnee; special friend, John Sexton of
FireLake Gifts is stocked with some Oklahoma City; nephews, Brad and
FireLake Gifts is located inside the CPN and was an Assistant District Attorney of
great items! We’re carrying more locally- Tanner Stephens, Jeff and Krissy
Cultural Heritage Center at 1899 S. Pottawatomie County. She also had a pri-
made and handmade products, and we buy Buckmaster, Anna, Walker T., Jarrod and
Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, Oklahoma vate law practice and was Director of
Potawatomi-made products whenever pos- Kim Buckmaster, Kylen, Cole, Jacob and
Our telephone number is 405-275-3119. United Way of Pottawatomie County,
sible. We are THE place to get Pendleton Scarlett Buckmaster, Dom, Alexis, Joey,
Hours of operation are: OCU Alumni Director, and OBU Assistant
products and fringe and beads for dance and Vanessa Buckmaster, and Ryne, WO1
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Alumni Director during her work career.
regalia. James, and MaryJo McClung; nieces,
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cynthia Post was a member and the past
We are having a book sale in the gift Elizabeth and Sgt. Reed Knight, Adam,
Sunday: Closed president of Habitat for Humanity of
shop, and all of the current season Emily, and Christopher Nowlin, and
Shawnee, and was a member of First
Pendleton merchandise is nearly out of Brock, Violet, Cara, and Andrea Coates;
Baptist Church Shawnee, the Citizen
Obituaries, con’t. from page 6 Potawatomi Nation, Sew and Sews, and seven great-nephews; three great-nieces;
ber of Masonic Lake Lodge #50. Don was Gamma Phi Delta. She enjoyed a Euro- and aunts Ozetta Stringer and Kay Jenks.
Rd in Topeka. A memorial service was
a member of the Citizen Potawatomi pean Study Tour, Oklahoma Girls State, Family visitation was 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
held at 11a.m. on Monday, September 14
Nation. He was the third-oldest living CPN painting, gardening, and cooking gourmet on Friday, August 14, 2009 at Walker
at the funeral home. Private inurnment fol-
member in Kansas. cuisine. Funeral Service in Shawnee. A funeral
lowed in Rossville Cemetery.
Don married Mary Jane Nicholson on She was preceded in death by her grand- service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribu-
November 15, 1941. She preceded him in parents, Walter and Gertie Post, and Carl August 15, 2009 at First Baptist Church of
tions are suggested to the Heart of America
death on October 21, 2004. Don and Mary and Arrabelle Jenks; uncles and aunts, Shawnee with Paul Calmes officiating.
Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home.
Jane traveled extensively throughout the Carlisle Jenks, Bob Stringer, and Bill and Burial was at Tecumseh Cemetery. Online
Online condolences may be sent at
U.S. and Europe, and he was an avid read- Joyce Post; and nephew John Patrick condolences can be sent at www.walkerfu-
er of The Wall Street Journal and a bridge McClung. neral.com.
player and golfer. Cynthia Lou Post Survivors include Ms. Post’s parents,
Don is survived by his children, Curt SHAWNEE, Okla. — Shawnee resi-
and JoAnne Berkey of Rossville and Pam dent Cynthia Lou Post died Wednesday, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Berkey Sibert of Kansas City; seven Aug. 12, 2009, at the OU Medical Center Office of Environmental Health
grandchildren; and nine great-grandchil- in Oklahoma City at the age of 51.
dren. She was born on December 31, 1957, in Water/Septic System Assistance
Visitation was from 5:30 to 7p.m. on Shawnee, the daughter of Jim and Mary
Sunday, September 13 at Kevin Brennan
Water and sewer system installation for Native Americans
Lou (Jenks) Post. She attended Shawnee
Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish High School, graduating in 1976. She Call OEH at 405-878-4672