Roby resident Johnathon Tune has been selected to join the 2019 class of the Potawatomi Leadership Program (PLP).

This six-week program brings a group of 10 promising young tribal members from around the world to Shawnee, Okla., to learn about the government, culture and economic development of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Tribal members are selected based on academic qualifications, a series of essays and a letter of recommendation.

“Joining this leadership program definitely opens up many doors,” Tune said. “I have already been exposed to the opportunities CPN offers and the flexibility they have within the enterprises and I look forward to coming back to work for the tribe one day.”

Tune is a freshman at Drury University and has experience working at a center for recovering addicts and enjoys spending time volunteering as a firefighter.

“The students who attend this program learn about their nation and culture will definitely be leaders of our nation,” vice chairwoman Linda Capps said. “I think that’s the impact that the PLP will have on the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.”

At its core, the PLP strives to give interns an accurate perception of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as a whole and cultivate talent from within to ensure that younger generations are prepared for a role in the future governance of their tribe. By the end of the program, the students have gained a comprehensive knowledge of individual tribal components as well as how they fit into the larger puzzle of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

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