A new grant has been awarded to the FCP Information Technology (IT) department this year, which is administered through the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). It is a grant titled Fostering Independence, Leadership and Mentoring (FILM) and its focus is on educating youth in the skills of video production.
In 2013, Forest County Potawatomi (FCP) and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi collaborated on an apprenticeship called Potawatomi Master Apprentice Language Program. The idea behind this program was to choose two apprentices from the Pokagon community to come and reside in Crandon, Wis., to learn the Potawatomi language from fluent speakers in the FCP community.
Eight years ago, the Potawatomi Traveling Times (PTT) came up with the idea of celebrating American Indian Heritage Month by asking area tribal youth K-12 to express what their heritage meant to them by way of creating art. Although Native American Heritage Month takes place in November, some may wonder why it is that PTT publicly celebrates it in December and January.
The Lybert family is made up of father Rick, mother Sandi, sister Ashleigh and Tyler, brother and former drug addict. They are no strangers to what drugs can do to an individual or to an entire family. The Lybert family are the founders of Your Choice to Live, Inc. This is a non-profit organization that has been going strong since 2009. It has provided services to over 300 families and the family has spoken to over 85,000 youth in 100 middle and high schools across southeast Wisconsin.
Honoring elders of the community is of great importance to the Forest County Potawatomi culture and tribe. It is taught to the children starting at a young age, and it is reinforced throughout their childhood. Always listen to the elders as they are wise and knowledgeable when it comes to the Potawatomi people and their past.