I am running again for the District #2 Legislative office and have an opponent. If you are in District #2 (the mid-Atlantic and Southern states), I am asking for your vote so I can continue working for you in the Legislature. Your vote COULD make the difference!
I am happy to announce these upcoming meetings for CPN members in driving distance of District #2:
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Tour and Luncheon at the Embassy of the National Congress of American Indians, 1516 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. We will tour the Embassy with CPN member Mark Carter as our guide, learn about NCAI's operations and current projects and goals. Lunch hosted by Eva Marie Carney will follow in the NCAI Boardroom. (There is a parking lot behind the building and NCAI also is accessible by Metro.) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free 1 866 961 6988.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 2 pm - 4:30 pm, with lunch before at location TBD. Visit to the Archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. See our household goods, clothing, dolls, pipes and other Potawatomi objects held in the Smithsonian Archive.
This week’s news on washingtonpost.com is that a District of Columbia Council member is preparing to introduce a resolution calling on the Redskins to change its name, perhaps to the Washington Redtails. The Council member is pursuing the resolution saying the current name is “a derogatory, racist name…” and “Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins’.”
You may ask, why Redtails? The resolution notes that Redtails was the nickname used by the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering aviation unit that broke the color barrier for U.S. military pilots in World War II.
I find this an appealing name that would replace derogation of one group with honor for another. Plus, as the introducing Council member noted in an interview “You can still keep the feather.” A bird of prey would be a fitting symbol for the Washington area-based team, and it can’t hurt that according to the San Diego Zoo, “The fierce, screaming cry of the Red-tailed Hawk is frequently used as a generic raptor sound effect in television shows and other media, even if the bird featured is not a Red-tailed Hawk.”
What are your thoughts?
/Hello. Welcome to the District #2 website. This site offers information to Citizen Potawatomis and their families throughout the District of Columbia and the 13 Southeastern States that make up our region: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida. Much of what's here also may be useful to Citizen Potawatomis in other parts of the country (and even the world -- I know the site gets visitors from Germany, France, Italy, Kenya and Australia) and you also are welcome! I am open to suggestions for improvements and different or additional content and look forward to hearing from you.
Please take the time to look around the site. You'll find information on (1) Services (what the Nation offers and what the Indian Health Service offers us in District #2), (2) Heritage (Eagle feather application, traditional stories, and more), (3) Photos of events around our District and in Oklahoma, and (4) my HowNiKan articles, which report on District events and Legislative initiatives. There's a lot of information to explore. Also, please click on the highlighted calendar dates for upcoming Potawatomi-focused events in our District or in Shawnee, and email me if you have events of general interest to our community that you'd like me to add to the calendar.
Please feel free to contact me by phone, e-mail or US mail. My contact details are at the top of the page and on the "Your Legislator" page. I look forward to hearing from you. Migwetch