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Bush Foundation and NNI's Native Nation Rebuilders Cohort 6 gathered on March 25-26, 2015, at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge in Lead, SD. Twenty-eight "Rebuilders" completed exercises to identify their unique strengths to develop and implement Native nation building-focused action plans for their respective communities. Rebuilders assessed the readiness of their community to "rebuild" their nation through a "deep dive" case study of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN)'s successful rebuilding of their nation through constitutional reform efforts in 2007. The case study was led by Miriam Jorgensen, NNI Research Director, and Joan Timeche, NNI Executive Director. A pre-recorded presentation by Vice Chairman Linda Capps (CPN) and in-person presentation by Chairman John "Rocky" Barrett (CPN) concluded the session.
Information on the history of the Native Nation Rebuilders Program and on participant eligibility can be found here. To learn more about Citizen Potawatomi Nation's story, visit the Indigenous Governance Database.