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					                                                                                                         HowNiKan September (Zawbogya Gises) 2009, vol. 30 issue 6

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-
                                                                                                                                                        See VIETNAM WALL on page 12
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                                                      Walking On
            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.                                  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-
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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
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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-
C. Vargas.
                                               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
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
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
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           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.
                                                                                               City, Oklahoma.
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-
                                                                                                                                              the Call
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-
                                                                                                                                            Firelodge and
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
the gang.”
   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 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
their leaders.
   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-        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 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
                                                                                                    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, 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
                                                                                       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
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- 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
wow grounds.
                                               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.
current success.
   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.
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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,
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                          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
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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:
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 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.
                                                           tribe. The attendees could ask questions.      Megwetch,
                                                          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
                                                                                                                      in the
                   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
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                                                                                               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 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,
Bozho Nikanek,
                                                                                               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,
following subjects:
                                                                                                  I truly believe that not everyone under-      from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On my Web site, I
     • Language
                                                                                               stands or is aware of all of the great strides   will have detailed information about the
     • Culture
                                                                                               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 for infor-         Potawatomis! Please send me an e-mail or
     • Gaming Theory
                                                                                               mation and for downloading the forms             call me to RSVP: 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 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     
   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
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       (       From
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
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
nization Practices (ACIP) has recommend-         pattern in our lifestyle.                       per year, including most undergraduate,
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 and search the              contact Kay at for
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                                                                                             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, along with seeing
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.
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                                                                                                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-
                                        ball tournament.
                                           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
                                        open house.
                                           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
                              9         Festival.
                                           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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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
                                                         5    family
                                                                 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
                                                              Anderson family.
                                                                 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
                                                              Lawn, Pennsylvania.
                                                                 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                              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
                                                           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.                           
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

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