The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is headquartered between Tecumseh and Shawnee, Oklahoma with a tribal jurisdiction spread over three counties. The tribe has approximately 34,000 citizens and is governed by a democratic-republican form of government.
CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION
1601 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
John "Rocky" Barrett, Chairman, (2017-2021)
The constitution of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation was ratified in 1938 and amended in 2007. Today the tribe is a tripartite government with governmental authority divided between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The Tribal Legislature retains all legislative authority and reserves full budgetary authority over tribal resources, employment, and contracts with the tribe. The legislative body comprises eight at-large members representing citizens in Oklahoma, and eight members representing tribal citizens in designated districts comprising across the United States; all sixteen members serve four year terms. Any appropriations and budgeting of tribal funds, dispensation of tribal lands, and settlement of treaties are subject to approval by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Indian Council which comprises all tribal citizens age 18 and over. Executive authority is vested in a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary-Treasurer who serve four-year terms and enact all laws and resolutions of the Tribal Legislature. Judicial authority rests in a three-member District Court and seven-member Supreme Court; all judges and justices serve terms of six years.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTThe Citizen Potawatomi Nation owns or operates more than two dozen tribal government programs and commercial enterprises in diverse sectors from gaming and entertainment, to travel and banking. The tribe supports more than 2,400 jobs and had a $540 million economic impact on the Oklahoma state economy for fiscal year 2014.
First National Bank and Trust Company is the largest tribally-owned national bank with seven branches in operation offering a myriad of financial instruments to both commercial and personal clients.
Phone: (405) 275-8830
Grand Casino Hotel and Resort encompasses over 125,000 square feet of floor space boasting, a hotel tower, six restaurants, golf club, full service spa, over 2,000 Vegas-style games, and Oklahoma’s only Keno lounge.
Phone: (405) 964-7263
FireLake Golf Course is rated one of the top ten daily fee golf courses in the state of Oklahoma and offers daily and yearly membership fees. The course encompasses nearly 7,000 yards with water on 15 of the 18 holes.
Phone: (405) 275-4471
The Potawatomi originate in the Great Lakes region and speak Potawatomi, an Algonquin language. The Potawatomi were one of three Indian nations composing the Three Fires Council, the other two being the Ojibwe and Odawa. With the expansion of the United States, the Potawatomi were forcibly removed westward on what the tribe calls the “Trail of Death.” In 1861, the Potawatomi groups in Kansas officially split into two distinct governments, creating the Citizen Band Potawatomi and Prairie Band Potawatomi. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation accepted U.S. citizenship and moved to Indian Territory. Despite the arduous relocation to present-day Oklahoma, through tribal programs the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has maintained cultural and linguistic ties with its heritage. The tribe offers language classes and provides electronic language resources for the public and tribal citizens nationwide. The CPN Cultural Heritage Center offers cultural and historical classes for tribal members and the public as well as exhibits highlighting the historical and contemporary aspects of the tribe. The tribe participates in the Gathering of Potawatomi Nations, an annual gathering of Potawatomi tribes from the U.S. and Canada; the Citizen Potawatomi Nation hosted the Gathering in 2016.