Bozho nikanek (Hello friends) - I hope you can join your Potawatomi family and friends and attend one or more of the events below and otherwise celebrate our heritage and traditions. For any District #2-specific events that require an RSVP, please call my toll free number 866 961 6988 or email me at

Sunday, January 15, 2017

District #2 Meeting in Cape Coral, Florida, 2 00 to 4 00 pm. Please come with your family for a Sunday afternoon filled with CPN information, visiting with fellow Potawatomi, and bountiful coffee and desserts, all-day breakfast, or other items from the Perkins menu.  We will be in a private meeting room at the Perkins Bakery & Restaurant, 1502 Cape Coral Pkwy., in Cape Coral, Florida. The restaurant phone number is (239) 540-8181. Please RSVP to or, toll free, 866-961-6988, by January 8, 2017.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Visit to the Archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, NMAI Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746, tour 1 30 pm to 3 30 or 4 00 pm. We will have lunch before at Sweet Dee's, starting at 12 30. Sweet Dee's is in the Resource Center Complex. During the tour we will view Potawatomi beadwork, weavings, household goods and more. Space is highly limited (only 10 slots this time, due to NMAI staffing constraints), so reserve yours today.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CPN District #2 Sunday Lunch in New Orleans, Tujague's, 823 Decatur Street in the New Orleans French Quarter. See Enjoy a seated lunch with your fellow Potawatomi and our families, as my guests. Event begins at 12 30 pm with introductions; lunch service begins at 1 pm. CPN member Lyle Simmons has agreed to share, over dessert and coffee, information about making regalia and his Native craft work. I'll catch you up on District #2 information and make sure everyone has a great time! Please RSVP to or 866.961.6988 with number, names and ages (if 12 or under) of guests in your party. Postcard invitations will be mailed to those in Louisiana and close by but if you expect to be in NOLA that Sunday, please know you are welcome if you RSVP. I look forward to seeing everyone there, and to the creole turtle soup, shrimp and grits and pecan pie with chocolate sauce (among other menu items).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

District #2 Lunch/Business Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, 11 00 am to 1 30 pm. Please come with your family to learn CPN information, visit with fellow Potawatomi, and enjoy lunch in the Pavilion Room at Trio's Restaurant [8201 Cantrell Rd, # 100, Little Rock, Arkansas 72227; (501) 221-3330]. Please RVSP with the names of attendees and ages (if under 14) to or toll free at 866 961 6988 (leave a voicemail message). Space is limited to 60 guests so please RSVP as soon as you can -- we may need to run a waiting list. Can't wait to see you!

Friday, June 23, 2017 through Sunday, June 25, 2017

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Reunion Festival. Honored families are Bourassa, Burnett, Melot, Navarre, Peltier. District #2 Traditional Hand Games team(s) will participate in the Hand Games competition on Friday eventing.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

CPN Election Day. Note that absentee ballots must be in Oklahoma before this date. I am excited to report that I will be sworn in that day for a four-year term as the District 2 Legislator, as I drew no opposition for this election cycle.

August 2-5, 2017

2017 Gathering of the Potawatomi Nations, hosted by Bkejwanong/Walpole Island First Nation. The Walpole Island Indian Community is located in Canada just across from Detroit, Michigan. One item that all CPN members from the United States must pack in preparation for this year’s visit is a valid U.S. passport, passport card or U.S. NEXUS card. Find out more at And Google Walpole Island First Nation Gathering for more detailed information as the date gets closer.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 (Veterans' Day!)

Annual District 1 and 2 Combined Fall Feast and Veterans Celebration, held at our neighbors' church, Little Falls Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 6025 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, VA 22207. There is handicapped parking, and a ramp to the hall. Please wear or bring regalia if you have it. Our event will go from 11 am to 2 30 pm. We will celebrate veterans and young ones in attendance. Bring a dish to share and know you will be in the treasured company of fellow Potawatomi and our families. For those from out of town, the EconoLodge in Falls Church is close by and the Church itself is walkable from the East Falls Church metro for those who walk regularly; the EconoLodge, according to past CPN meeting attendees, generally offers Groupon rates. RSVP to or

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rock Your Mocs Day. Why? We, as indigenous people, wear our moccasins, standing together worldwide, while recognizing our tribal individuality. It is a way to honor our ancestors & indigenous peoples worldwide and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month. How to join in? Wear your moccasins or a turquoise awareness ribbon -- maybe gather wtih some friends to celebrate. And, using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram), post your photos, group photos, stories on the Rock Your Mocs Facebook page, and/or the District #2 private Facebook page, using one or all the hashtags #RYM2017 #ROCKYOURMOCS #ROCKURMOCS #NationalNativeAmericanHeritageDay #Moccasins #TurquoiseRibbon.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Native American Heritage Day.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Visit to the Archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, NMAI Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746, tour 1 30 pm to 3 30 or 4 00 pm. We will have lunch before at Sweet Dee's, starting at 12 30. Sweet Dee's is in the Resource Center Complex. During the tour we will view our Potawatomi beadwork, applique, weavings, household goods and more. 12 of us can tour the facility; please reserve your spot today.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Guided Tour, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue, Washington, DC. Join your fellow Potawatomi and family and friends at 10 a.m., when the museum opens, for a guided tour of the Nation to Nation exhibit. The exhibit addresses broken treaties, including information on our Potawatomi Trail of Death march, and during our visit the 1809 Treaty with the Potawatomi is part of the exhibit, on loan from the National Archives. More information on the museum and the Nation to Nation exhibit and featured treaties is at Please RSVP by email or phone to me by Wednesday, November 29th. The incredible NMAI Art Market will be in full swing on the day of our tour, featuring, among others, two Potawatomi artists (Pahponee (pottery) and Dana Warrington (mixed media)), and is another opportunity to learn and share Native craft and teachings.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

District #2 Meeting and Tour, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), 520 16th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203. Tour at 10 am, meeting, with lunch, starting at 11 30 am, ending at 2 30 pm. From BRCI's website -- BCRI is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham with an increasing emphasis on the international struggle for universal human rights. BCRI is a living institution that views the lessons of the past as crucial to understanding our heritage and defining our future. Since opening its doors in 1992, BCRI has been visited by more than 2 million people from all 50 states and around the world. Visitors include adults, school children and students, families, researchers, and scholars. Please note that entrance fee and lunch costs will be covered by CPN. For more information on the venue, please visit Postcards will be mailed to CPN members within driving distance of Birmingham and, as always, even if you don't get a postcard you are welcome to join us if you RSVP timely! -- please RSVP to me at or to my toll free number at the bottom of this webpage.

Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1, 2018

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Reunion Festival.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

On-site voting for CPN government leaders.

Monday, July 30 through Saturday August 4, 2108

Gathering of the Potawatomi Nations. Hosted by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta, Kansas. Details will be posted when available. This is a don't miss event!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Native American Heritage Day.