Within days of emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services began receiving and administering vaccines to combat the coronavirus in central Oklahoma.
An education program through OU Health is attempting to shore up access to care for the state’s dementia patients.
While many potential foster parent applicants hesitated during 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tribal member Lacey Buettner opened up her home for the first time. After working with FireLodge Children & Family Services and Foster Care and Adoption Manager Kendra Lowden, she felt confident in stepping up to the task.
When many businesses and industries came to a screeching halt throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Women, Infant and Children’s programs found new and innovative ways to continue serving clients across seven counties in central Oklahoma. WIC assists more than 1,400 individuals each month, providing access to nutritious foods and education as well as referrals and breastfeeding consultation to low and moderate-income women and children.
The coronavirus pandemic made everything look and feel different throughout the last year, including the holidays. However, employees of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Workforce Development & Social Services were still determined to provide as many delicious Thanksgiving meals as possible. The staff expanded the number of families they served with their annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive, from 185 to 225.
Shawnee’s Masonic Lodge, in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, will host a blood drive Jan. 19 from 3:30-7 p.m. at Shawnee Composite Lodge 107’s Grand Hall.
After experimenting with planting a mixture of cover crops on Citizen Potawatomi Nation-owned land in recent years, the Tribe has experienced financial and environmental gains. Because of this, the CPN Department of Realty that oversees the Nation’s agricultural endeavors recently expanded this practice to an additional 150 Tribally-owned acres.
FireLodge Children & Family Services advocates for and protects children and vulnerable adults who are at risk of being abused or neglected. Services provided include court advocacy, investigations, prevention services, parenting education, counseling, foster home approval and adoption.
Small businesses in Shawnee will soon receive financial assistance. At Monday’s Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board approved $100,000 toward a grant program designed to keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member Susannah Howard’s interest in nature and the land has grown in unexpected ways since deciding to attend graduate school at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Earlsboro teen Larissa Fortunato, 16, made history on Saturday when she became one of the nation’s first female Eagle Scouts – a prestigious achievement attained by some of the country’s most noteworthy figures.
The Shawnee Board of City Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the city’s mask mandate through June 30, 2021.
Although the U.S. Department of the Treasury has already cut the checks, there is still some uncertainty in Indian Country about what exactly counts as an acceptable use of CARES Act money.
Cub Scout Packs and BSA Troops from Shawnee, Tecumseh and Seminole gathered about 4,000 pounds of food for local food banks Saturday.
I suspect many would not have expected we would be in November and still right in the middle and on the front lines of a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it is still very real, while getting closer to our homes and work every day.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation is urging Tribal members 18 and older to apply for the Tribal CARES Act programs before Dec. 30, 2020. All Tribal members 18 and older are eligible to apply, regardless of location.
At Monday’s Board of Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners approved a resolution declaring a state of Emergency for Pottawatomie County.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Language Department has expanded its reach for the 2020-21 school year, increasing from two to four schools. The program now serves more than 40 students between ninth and 12th grade. Wanette, Shawnee, Maud and Tecumseh Public Schools now offer the Nation’s course as a world language credit.
Approximately seven months since the pandemic’s onset in the United States, many people experience exhaustion in this time of heightened tensions, including fears of uncertainty, added responsibilities or adjusting to more time alone.
BancFirst recently donated $475.94 to United Way of Pottawatomie County. The funds were raised during the Frenzy on Federal virtual 5k.
In September, the House of Hope had the pleasure of participating in the second annual Worth It Conference hosted by Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County.
The Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition recently received a generous donation of more than 60,000 masks and 26,500 face shields to assist Native Nations across Oklahoma during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services expanded its offerings throughout the last decade, with the addition of an imaging center, physical therapy services and an urgent care clinic. Tribal member Dr. Wylie Briggs, D.C., joined health services staff in mid-August as the Nation’s first chiropractor.
Worrel’s Haven will host Serenity Fest from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Boy Scout Park. Serenity Fest is a community event focused on celebration of National Recovery Month.
SSM Health Medical Group welcomes obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN), Alex Avila, MD. Dr. Avila provides lifelong gynecological care, obstetric care, labor and delivery, and post-partum care.