Since being ratified on August 16, 2007, when the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s voters endorsed a constitutional reform, the tribal government’s current structure supports the Potawatomi tradition of representative government by creating a sixteen-member tribal legislature.
Five legislators are elected from within Oklahoma, eight legislators from districts outside of Oklahoma, and the remaining three positions are held by the executive officers of the tribe
Each year, tribal elections conclude at the Saturday of the annual CPN Family Reunion Festival, where seats in the legislature are on the ballot alongside any necessary judicial appointments and a general up or down vote on the annual tribal budget.
Voters can cast a ballot in person on CPN Election Day inside the polling station at the tribal district court at 1601 S. Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74801. Or they can file an absentee ballot for the elections concerning their specific district. Absentee ballot request forms are mailed out to all tribal citizens using a master list kept by the CPN Tribal Rolls Department, so it is imperative that Citizen Potawatomi keep that office up to date on their residence.
Legislative District Map
Depending on where they live, CPN members from around the world have elected representation in the 16-person tribal legislature. Find where your district is and visit here to contact your legislature.
Upcoming Citizen Potawatomi Nation Elections
See who is on the ballot in the coming years’ elections. A full list of incumbents and challengers for the June 2017 CPN Tribal Elections will be updated following the certification of the CPN Election Committee on the filing deadline of January 11, 2017.
|Tribal Chairman||John "Rocky" Barrett||Steve D. Castaneda||June 2017|
|District 1||Roy Slavin||No opponent filed||June 2017|
|District 2||Eva Marie Carney||No opponent filed||June 2017|
|District 3||Robert Whistler||Jahn Eric Humphreys||June 2017|
|District 4||Jon Boursaw||Theresa Adame||June 2017|
|Vice-Chairman||Linda Capps||N/A||June 2018|
|Secretary/Treasurer||D. Wayne Trousdale||N/A||June 2018|
|District 5||Gene Lambert||N/A||June 2018|
|District 6||Rande Payne||N/A||June 2018|
|District 7||Mark Johnson||N/A||June 2018|
|District 8||Dave Carney||N/A||June 2018|
|District 10||David Barrett||N/A||June 2019|
|District 11||Lisa Kraft||N/A||June 2019|
|District 13||Bobbie Bowden||N/A||June 2019|
|District 9||Paul Wesselhoft||N/A||June 2020|
|District 12||Paul Schmidlkofer||N/A||June 2020|
You know the drill.