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Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center secures grant to update galleries

By Staff Reports / Member News / September 29, 2020

$98,000 from Institute of Museum and Library Services will help tell CPN story

Oklahomans will soon have the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) history and identity.

The tribe’s Cultural Heritage Center received a $98,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to expand two galleries showcasing the nation’s history.

“We hope that by enhancing these galleries with immersive and interactive displays, visitors will understand the lasting impact these events have on the culture and future of CPN,” said Blake Norton, Cultural Heritage Center curator. “Our goal is for people to gain an increased understanding of our history and what it means to be Potawatomi.”

The exhibitions will cover issues including establishing and reforming the tribal constitution, diversifying tribal enterprises, community development and cultural preservation.

“We hope that by exhibiting these successes, the community will feel empowered and more aware,” Norton said.

Construction funded by the grant is set to begin fall 2021 and last through spring 2022.

The Cultural Heritage Center exists to educate tribal members, the greater Native American community and other visitors about the historical and contemporary aspects of the tribe.

 

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