Week Four

The PLP hand games took first place at the 2022 Family Reunion Festival
Week Three
July 15, 2022
A wide shot of the dance arena at the Sac and Fox Powwow.
Week Five
July 15, 2022

July 2, 2022 – Saturday

Trip to OKC

We spent the day in Oklahoma City. We started out by going to the First Americans Museum. 

“It was awing to see our history, my history, laid out in such a straightforward way, open to the viewing. I’ve never connected with something like that before, at least not with something on such a large scale with our history open for the taking. It made me feel proud, which isn’t a feeling I’m used to, especially in a setting where it’s about a group I can truly call my people.” – David Harty

It features important traditions and aspects from the 39 federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma. 

We had lunch at Thirty-Nine, a Native American restaurant. We spent the rest of the day exploring the city and going to many local shops. 

July 3, 2022 – Sunday

Murder Mystery Party

The murder mystery party is something that we planned ourselves. We all were given a character by David and dressed up as our roles for the murder mystery/dinner party. A lot of the stuff we had, but we were able to get additional items for our costumes at OKC thrift shops the day before. 

“The murder mystery party took a lot less time than I had anticipated. It was a lot of fun thrifting for costumes and clothes in the days prior, and, although I had to work through some scheduling conflicts, I think it worked out really well! I’d absolutely love to do another one if we had the time.” – David Harty

Watching fireworks in the Arena parking lot

July 4, 2022 – Monday

Drum Making

“I really enjoy singing and playing the drums. I didn’t realize how much I’d enjoy the songs, and I catch myself singing the songs every now and then.” – Chloe Williams

Buying Fireworks

Fireworks at Margaret’s

July 6, 2022 – Wednesday

We had police, economic development, and housing authority.

July 7, 2022 – Thursday

Bowling

We got to see the inner workings of the bowling alley, and got to bowl and play in the arcade!

Grocery Store

We saw everything in the back of the store and learned about how they receive and store their products. Those freezers were cold!!

Talking Circle

“Talking circles are a good conversation center and a way to get out your emotions.” – Tristin Stites

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You must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the Potawatomi Leadership Program:

 

Program participants are selected without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Although the only restrictions for applying are meeting the eligibility criteria listed above, please consider whether you are comfortable meeting program conditions with or without any special accommodations. The conditions of this program include but are not limited to the following:

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Tribal members who are 18-20 years old are selected for the six-week program based on academic qualifications, a series of essays, and a letter of recommendation. Arriving before the annual Family Reunion Festival, students spend their workdays visiting tribal directors and hearing employees explain their role. Between departmental sessions, students tour tribal enterprises and attend board meetings. In the evenings and on weekends, students connect culturally by attending language classes, participating in tribal ceremonies, and learning traditional crafts. Additionally, students who have not yet received a Potawatomi name will have the opportunity to do so. By the end of the program, the students have gained a comprehensive knowledge of individual tribal components as well as how they fit into the larger puzzle of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

As potential leaders of the tribe, students not only learn how the Tribe operates but also undergo extensive leadership training. Students begin the summer by taking an assessment to discover their individual strengths, and recurring workshops help them understand how best to develop those skills. Weekly talking circles offer a space to process their experience and tackle complex issues such as the intricacies of cultural identity, the qualities of effective leadership, and the promotion of tribal engagement. Additionally, Citizen Potawatomi Nation government officials such as the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and legislators share their unique perspectives on tribal leadership with the students.

Besides attending scheduled events and sessions, Potawatomi Leadership Program participants will be expected to write three short papers. At the end of the program, students leave their own mark on the Tribe by applying this abstract knowledge to a practical project, for which they design a creative way to tangibly enhance, develop, or add to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. In a final program presentation, students have the opportunity to share their final reflections and completed projects with tribal leadership. (Check out the final presentations here.)

Together, these components make up the Potawatomi Leadership Program. Students leave the program equipped with the knowledge and tools to remain engaged in the Tribe. For some, the experience will serve as preparation for future tribal governance, which strengthens the hope that the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s sound leadership will continue into future generations.

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Travel

 

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation covers the cost of round-trip travel for all program participants. Depending on where the student will be coming from, this will mean either airfare or mileage reimbursement.
Dennette Summerlin will work with the students to schedule all travel.

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Stipend

 

Participants receive a weekly scholarship of $60 as well as a $1,680 scholarship upon completion of the program.

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Local Transportation

 

When at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, local transportation will be provided. This includes all scheduled sessions and events. As a group, students may choose to seek other entertainment options such as the movies or bowling, and transportation to and from those activities will be provided when possible. However, students will not be able to bring their own vehicles to the program for any reason.

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Food

 

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation boasts a full-service grocery store near the students’ living quarters, FireLake Discount Foods. Groceries for all meals will be furnished at FireLake and covered by the Tribe. Students will shop as a group for these groceries. On most evenings, students will work together to plan and prepare meals for the entire group in the Sharp House kitchen. However, should students choose to eat out at restaurants – they will be responsible for these outside costs.

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Housing

 

During the six weeks, program participants stay together in “The Sharp House,” a spacious property owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Students will share rooms and bathrooms based on gender.
The Sharp House boasts a number of amenities, which include two large-screen televisions, a pool table, and an outdoor pool.

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Healthcare

 

All accepted students will be required to create a medical file with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Clinic. As tribal members, the students can visit this clinic and
receive medical attention at no cost to them if any medical issues should arise during their stay.

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Professional Development
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Eligibility

 

You must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the Potawatomi Leadership Program:

 

Program participants are selected without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Although the only restrictions for applying are meeting the eligibility criteria listed above, please consider whether you are comfortable meeting program conditions with or without any special accommodations. The conditions of this program include but are not limited to the following:

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