Week Two

Lunch with Chairman.
Week One
July 7, 2022
The PLP hand games took first place at the 2022 Family Reunion Festival
Week Three
July 15, 2022

June 17, 2022 – Friday

Language

“I love language lessons. I feel like I’ve messed up in every possible way you can but I’ve really enjoyed them. It has been really fun getting to learn it because it’s something I’ve never had the opportunity to do. Justin is so smart and Robert is hilarious and also very smart. They are both very good at encouraging us to learn the language. I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I look forward to going to them now. My favorite words are “debwewen” which means truth and “aspen” which means raccoon.” – Anna Korzeniewski

June 18, 2022 – Saturday

We played in a pickleball tournament at OBU. 

We love playing with the pool table downstairs!

June 19, 2022 – Sunday

Father's Day
Father’s Day

We were not able to be with our fathers on this day, but we were able to celebrate with our “House Dad” aka PLP Counselor Braden.

June 20, 2022 – Monday

Tag Agency Department Session

Tribal members who live in Oklahoma are able to get vehicle tags for a fraction of the price that they would pay at a state DMV.

Cultural Teaching

This week in Cultural Teaching, we learned a lot about the origins and traditional practices of smudging. We learned the significance behind the different medicines and what they are used for during ceremonies. We also learned about sweat lodges and the appropriation of native culture.

“This lesson helped me learn the origins of our tribe and the important traditions that have stemmed down from our ancestors. From smudging to sweat lodges, everything in our culture has meaning and purpose. This new knowledge helps me to appreciate and understand my prior knowledge of not only the traditions but the people around me that I love. Learning new things about my culture makes me excited to implement them into my everyday life away from Shawnee.” – Liberty Wolfe

June 21, 2022 – Tuesday

Quail Ridge Sporting Clays
Quail Ridge Sporting Clays

We did a department session for Quail Ridge and were given a chance to try skeet shooting. We were also able to take a tour of the range and no one crashed a golf cart.

“I found a new hobby. I’ve shot hunting arcade games and I’ve shot a 22 before but never a shotgun. I felt very confident and powerful, being able to shoot the first one off the bat and I felt very powerful. I really enjoyed the range and I think it’s really cool that we are able to have that business on our land.” – Chloe Williams

June 22, 2022 – Wednesday

Dance Class
Dance Class

We were able to learn some traditional dances before participating in Grand Entry. We partnered up for two step dancing and had a blast doing the Snake and Buffalo dance.

“I loved dancing in the Grand Entry. It’s something that everyone can do. I also had the opportunity to teach my family dances, and that was really special.” – Anna Korzeniewski

June 23, 2022 – Thursday

Lunch with Elders
Lunch with Elders

“It is cool to hear their different stories. I think that it’s important to have conversations with people that have a lot of life experience. It is really cool to know that the tribe takes care of people in their older years, and to know that they have a community and support system. It is great to see them happy that we’re there.” – Catherine Charnoky

Talking Circle

“Talking circles would be a great way to do an ice breaking in the theater department, and it will be a great way to open up students and faculties.” – Chloe Williams

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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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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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