Incarcerated tribal members get a fresh start with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Workforce & Social Services Re-entry Program. Lead Counselor Burt Patadal enters local prisons and works with inmates, leading talking circles and infusing Native teachings to give inmates a sense of purpose and self-sufficiency while behind bars.
The program’s goal is to help post-release inmates find employment, affordable housing, finish a GED, attend college and get into substance abuse treatment and behavioral health counseling. Accepted participants can receive help with transportation to and from sessions, acquiring work clothing, education and more.
To learn more, visit cpn.news/workforce, or call (405) 878-3854.