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Secretary Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn Attend Signing Ceremony with Citizen Potawatomi Nation


November 25, 2013

As part of President Obama’s commitment to self-determination of tribal nations, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today joined Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John Barrett to formally approve tribal leasing regulations under the HEARTH act that will help spur investment and commercial development on the nation’s trust lands in central Oklahoma.


  • Chariman John Barrett of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation signs the leasing regulations agreement with Secretary Sally Jewell, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, US Congressman Tom Cole, and Vice-Chariman Linda Capps of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Photo: Department of the Interior
    Signing the Leasing Regulations
  • In her speech at the ceremony Secretary Jewell spoke about the significance of this agreement. “The Citizen Potawatomi Nation now has the authority to decide how it wants to do business on its lands, making it easier for families to do things like buy and build houses or open businesses in the communities where they have lived for generations.” Photo: Department of the Interior
    Secretary Jewell Speaking
  • Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn also gave a speech at the ceremony. "These initiatives help strengthen self-reliance and secure the well-being of future generations.” Photo: Department of the Interior
    Assistant Secretary Washburn
  • Secretary Jewell, Assistant Secretary Washburn, and Congressman Cole received a tour of the Potawatomi National  Cultural Heritage Center. Photo: Department of the Interior
    Tour of the Cultural Center
  • Three Bald Eagles at the Potawatomi National Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo: Department of the Interior
    Three bald eagles
  • Signing the Leasing Regulations
  • Secretary Jewell Speaking
  • Assistant Secretary Washburn
  • Tour of the Cultural Center
  • Three bald eagles