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Renaming of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

In February of 1996, Citizen Potawatomi members from across the United States cast their vote during a special secretarial election to officially change the tribe’s name from “The Citizen Band Potawatomi Tribe of Oklahoma” to “The Citizen Potawatomi Nation” to reflect its status as a sovereign nation. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior authorized the special election, which differed from …