Eleven new members of the recently constituted Citizen Potawatomi Nation legislature will be on hand to meet tribal members  at the 10th annual Family Reunion Festival.

Through Sunday there will be more than 4,000 tribal members traveling to Shawnee from across the United States.

The new legislators will operate from a tent that will be set up as a base for visiting with tribal members. The legislature will hold the second business session at the legislature chamber in the CPN administration building Monday. It will be available for tribal members to watch online on www.Potawatomi.org.


Eleven new members of the recently constituted Citizen Potawatomi Nation legislature will be on hand to meet tribal members  at the 10th annual Family Reunion Festival.
Through Sunday there will be more than 4,000 tribal members traveling to Shawnee from across the United States.
The new legislators will operate from a tent that will be set up as a base for visiting with tribal members. The legislature will hold the second business session at the legislature chamber in the CPN administration building Monday. It will be available for tribal members to watch online on www.Potawatomi.org.
Among other activities during the festival weekend, CPN members will elect two legislators. Incumbents Paul Schmidlkofer, District 12, and Paul Wesselhoft, District 9, face challenges from, respectively, Chad Higbee of Oklahoma City and Norman Brasfield of Bartlesville. All tribal members who live in Oklahoma and will be 18 or older by June 28, 2008, may vote in the races.
Tribal members have been voting via absentee ballot for several weeks. The walk-in polling place, at the Tribal Courtroom inside the Administration Building, will be open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.
Scheduled activities at the 2007 CPN Family Reunion Festival will keep tribal members of all ages busy and entertained, while also participating in cultural and educational offerings.
Because a round of meet-the-candidate forums replaced the 2008 regional meetings, the annual CPN art competition has not been held. CPN artists 16 and older may register beginning at 2 p.m.  today in the long room of the Cultural Heritage Center. The art will be judged during the annual General Council meeting.
CPN artists 6 through 15 years old can enter the art competition in the south parking lot at FireLake Discount Foods.
Judging will begin at 10 a.m. Contestants should register by 9 a.m. or shortly afterward. Age categories are 6 and 7; 8 and 9; 10 through 12; and 13 through 15.
Veterans will be the subject of one of Festival events. Jon Boursaw, the CPN Cultural Heritage Center director, has announced a meeting of the Nation’s U.S. Armed Forces veterans.
It will be held 8 a.m. today at the Cultural Heritage Center. Boursaw says he will use the gathering to stress the importance of veterans’ assisting in production of the Tribal Heritage Project veterans videos series. According to Boursaw, they can help by sitting for video-taped interviews and searching store rooms, attics and other repositories for military memorabilia.
“We have formed an intratribal veterans organization,” Boursaw said. “We will use today’s meeting to explain it to any CPN veterans who are interested.”
Festival 2008 will honor eight of the Nation’s Founding Families: Bruno, Darling, Hardin, Higbee, Lewis, Nadeau, Slavin and Smith.
Special tents in the Nation’s Raymond Peltier Park will serve as sites for special events for members of the families and as places for them to gather to reminisce and renew old acquaintances.
The schedule of events for Festival 2008 retains the activities that so many tribal members have enjoyed over the years.
This festival will be the third at which a significant number of tribal members receive their Potawatomi language names.