Sunday, April 11, 2010


Time to bring back the flapjacks and honor the Potawatomi.

BattleCreek Enquirer Link


Prairie Band of Potawatomi

Announces 1st quarter contributions in an awards ceremony held April 8, 2010.

Indian Country Today Link

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Daily Chronicle

The Potawatomi are coming.  Story link

Unusual News

I never saw this before.  A ebay Potawatomi flag dog tag.


Saturday, April 3, 2010


The winner of win a house. Winner Link

Thursday, April 1, 2010


A great article from the called "America's architectural heritage:  the Potawatomi in the summer.

Link to story

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

FireKeepers Casino

Timeline set for casino payments.  Battlecreek Enquirer link

Nottawasappi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Like so many of the Potawatomi tribes are now doing.  Many now include news in their web sites.
Huron band site link

The Potawatomi

Early 1800's link

Cherokee Teaching Council

In the past and present, trees represent unity, with all things because their branches reach towards the heavens and their roots reach, unseen into the ground.  They represent the connectedness between the earth and the heavens.

The Properties of Trees:

Birch:  Gives protection of children, purification, and creativity.
Rowan:  Healing and personal empowerment.
Ash:  Spirituality, teaching, duty, mental prowess.
Alder:  Spirituality, teaching, duty, mental prowess.
Willow:  Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility.
Hawthorn:  Fertility, peace, prosperity.
Oak:  All positive purposes, fidelity.
Holly:  Protection, prophecy, magic and animals.
Hazel:  Manisfestation, spirit contact, protection, fertility.
Vine:  Blackberry, prosperity and protection.
Blueberry:  Spirituality and dreams.
Grape:  Fertility, inspiration and prosperity.
Thisle:  Courage, protection and strength.
Ivy:  Healing, protection and cooperation.
Reed:  Fertility, protection, love, family concerns.
Elder:  Prosperity and healing.
Apple: Immorality, fertility, protection.
Ash:  Protection, healing.
Cherry:  Love and healing.
Elm:  Healing.
Laurel:  Love and healing.
Maple: Seeing
Olive: Healing, fertility and love.
Pine:  Purification

To learn more link

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Native American

The end of Eden by Screenwriter, Scott Hite. 
Link to story

Native American

The rate of diabetes for the Native American is twice the national average and a leading killer in Native Americans.
Link to story

Monday, March 29, 2010

Prairie Band of Potawatomi

Chef Robbi Jenkins interview, executive chef with the prairie Band Casino & Resort.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Potawtatomi Bingo

Man charged trying to collect gambling debt.  News Link

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Pokagon Fund Update

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Unusual News

This site is under major reconstruction so it will look better.  It will return shortly with a much better look.  It's moving to Opera and will resume this monday.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Alice Overly Honored

Alice Overly is the President of David Overly Plumbing & Heating, inc.  She has been recognized by the Cambridge Who's who for showing strong dedication and leadership in all aspects of buisness operations management.

Alice is a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and has served on the council for three years and has represented the Indian Native American Council for four years.

Story Link

U 0f M to discuss returning remains

Ann Arbor, Michigan is discussing returning Native American remains for proper care and burial.  U of M is meeting with tribes to decide the best way to go about the return.

The laws are very clear when speaking about Native American remains.  The U.S. department of Interior states that under the Native American Graves Protection and Reparation Act that if the remains can be proven to be the right time frame and the right location of Native American tribes that the remains must be returned to the tribes.

Michigan faced harsh criticism recently for not returning Native American remains from 1,400 Native Americans.

U of M link

Thursday, March 18, 2010

FireKeepers casino

Barrett Newkirk

Story regarding the revenue sharing policy and procedures.  The comments are as interesting as  the story. Entire story link

I found this version of amazing grace and I love, it is sung by the Cherokee, I am sure that youtube will warn me about how many times I can play one song.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Largest Native American Reservation

It is sad to say this, by the words of a Sioux that says the largest Indian reservation in the United States is actually prison.  Indian children are incarcerated 40% more than non Native American children.

Indian childrens new homes link

Native Americans receive the death penalty 38% more often than non Native Americans. Death penalty link

There is currently two million inmates in local, state and federal jails.   Of these, 1.6% are Native American.  I personally know many Native Americans incarcerated for being Indian.   The Incident at Pine Ridge started over stolen  boots by a  young Sioux, rather than just ask for help from tribal authorities two plain clothed FBI agents in unmarked cars entered the reservation and did not announce who they were and drew their guns resulting in needless loss of lives.  this is the beginning of the story of Leonard  Peltier.

Native American Reservation Link

Just recently Native Americans were fishing under the 1836 fishing treaty, the Department of Agriculture has been trying to get them prosecuted so that they can join the largest Indian reservation in the United States.  The U.S. attorney has refused to prosecute, largely because of the strong backing of celebrities and Hollywood.  the big media also is covering many Native American issues since the strong uprising of the Lakota Sioux.  It bothers me that so many tribes do not have programs for the incarcerated Native Americans to be reintroduced back in to society.  My tribe actually bans many of the incarcerated Potawatomi from living on their reservation.  To be thrown out from society by a legal system that has run amok is one thing  but to not embrace and rehabilitate the young, teach them a new way of living is the wrong solution to breaking the cycle of crime. 

FBI case report link 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Forest County Potawatomi

In another court battle being fought by the Forest County Potawatomi.  Kenneth Meshigaud the tribal chairman for the tribe has got the Wisconsin State Assembly to support a bill that would limit the use of Native American names and the use of mascots.

The new bill will allow residents and offended Native Americans to complain about the racist mascots, resulting  in the individuals using them to wither stop using them or defend their use of them in court within a year of the complaint.

Allowing Native Americans to now have a voice in if they are offended when attending events.  Mascots can both promote a tribe and insult a tribe.  The name warriors name is not offensive but the image is.  It would be like have a picture of a Jewish community have the local school called burnt to a crisp.  With a image of a oven.  See how offensive a mascot can be. 

The holocaust was such a terrible event that marked one of the darkest moments in the history of mankind.  I just got into a verbal fight with a guy who's blog I visited who had an article about how the holocaust was fabricated and made up for publicity.  can you imagine if he ever had the ability to name and represent a mascot.

New Logos Link 

Citizen Band of Potawatomi

Many battles for the rights of Native Americans originate from court cases won and lost by Potawatomi tribes.  One such battle was Oklahoma Tax Commission vs The Citizen Band of Potawatomi.

The law became known as 498 U.S. 505 (1991) in  was a case that the United States Supreme Court said that the tribe was not subject to sales taxes on sales made to tribal members, but that they were liable for taxes to non-tribal members.

The Potawatomi were originally from the Wabash River area of Indiana and was then known as the Mission Band of Potawatomi.  After 1833, they were relocated to Kansas, where they lost most of their land due to the corrupt allotment system.  In 1867, in a treaty with Kansas, the tribe then sold their land in that state in order to be able to purchase land in their new Indian territory (now Oklahoma) and took on United States citizenship.  They are now known as the Citizen Band of Potawatomi, one of the nine tribes of the Potawatomi.

The tribe sold cigarettes on their new tribal land without collecting Oklahomas cigarette tax.  Back in 1987, the Oklahoma Tax Commission demanded their cut of the money from 1982 to 1986.  Citizen Band then sued the U.S. District Court.  the court denied the tribes motion for summary judgement.  The case was fought all the way to the Supreme Court.  this is why and how Potawatomi tribes living on tribal rights have rights regarding taxes owed to the government. 


Monday, March 15, 2010

Judge Warns Tribes

A judge has warned Native American tribes to adopt codes of judicial justice in Indian Country.  Close relationships on tribal land can sometimes lead to lack following of the laws for friends and relatives in disputes and criminal matters.  I believe many tribes do not subscribe to lock everyone up and throw away the key.  Most tribes try rehabilitation and intensive counseling first.

Link to story


Prairie Band of Potawatomi

An adult Protective Service Workshop will be held on March 23, 2010 at the Bingo Hall.  The workshop will focus on elder abuse, care, etc.  For caregivers, social service workers, emergency services personnel and more.  Two sessions will be held, one at 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the second one at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information please call 1-785-966-2103.

Native American death rates soar as most people are living longer.  Native American babies death rate is 44% higher than a decade ago due to insufficient health care.

Elder Care Workshop Link
How To Spot It Link 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wasauksing First Nation

Pan stands for Peel aboriginal network.  It is a residential school workshop that will teach the traditions of the Wasauking First Nation.  Strengthening cultural pride and a social gathering to bring solidarity and kinship.  Its goal is to unite the 350 members of the Wausking First Nation, one of the nine bands of Potawatomi.

The event will take place on March 7th, 2010 from 11-4 pm at 375 Howden Blvd Unit #8 in Brampton, Ontario L6S 416.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information see the link below.

Registration is required and Potawatomi should call 905-453-4636 for more information.

Unusual News

A new web site being developed by someone, still under construction called, "" link

American Indian Movement

Reliable definition of AIM
Encylopedia Britannica

Being on twitter I have meet many different people that I would not normally meet, some of them are a pure joy, some are not.  A strange encounter happened with meeting a couple of the members of the American Indian Movement.  That word send shock waves down many Native Americans back.  Unless you interacted with the members of AIM as I have.

American Indian Movement is a civil rights organization founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota., in 1968 by Dennis Banks, who follows my father on his personal facebook site.  My father both loves and admires Dennis Banks for what he stood up for.  The other founders are Clyde Bellcourt, Eddie Benton Banai, and George Mitchell,.  Later Russel Means who had become displaced by government programs that forced the Lakota Souix off the reservation.  Its goals eventually encompassed the entire spectrum of Indian demands--economic independence,revitalization of traditional culture, protection of legal rights, and, most especially autonomy over tribal areas and the restoration of lands that they believed had been illegally taken.

This posting is for the Souix that follow this blog and is not meant to offend Potawatomi who have strong feelings regarding the American Indian Movement.  I always listen to both sides and find out if I might not understand or be educated regarding a subject.  I did read the Leonard Peltier book, "My life is my Sun dance" and was very sad upon it's reading.  That is why there is a Souix section in this blog meant for Potawatomi.  I visited Pine Ridge many years ago when the Lakota Souix were strong and active.  They were very kind and gracious hosts.  LakotaKid, I have been reading your tweets.  They have not fallen into an empty space.  LakotaKid has many of the Lakota Souix following him and one Potawatomi who is honored by his presence.

The government has been very kind to the Potawatomi so I can't feel what you have experienced.  LakotaKid, still tries to free Leonard Peltier after all of these years that have passed, he floats around on twitter seeking anyones help that will listen to his pleas.  I thought this would be an interesting story for the Potawatomi.

Encyclopedia Britannica Link
Lakota Kid Link
AIM Link 
Opera Site 

Native American News

In an incredible gesture of kindness, President Obama donated $125,000 to the American Indian College Fund.  The money came from his Nobel Peace Prize ward.  When one wins the Noble Peace Prize the financial gift is $1.4 million dollars.  Every winner has donated the cash award back to charities and needy groups.  I realize Souix also read this blog by the following on twitter.  I do not wish to offend in anyway, I just report what the news is, please take no offense.

Nobel Peace Prize Link