From the Office of Pawnee Nation President, W. Bruce Pratt
My hope is that the winter months have been good to you. We have made it through the holiday season with many activities here at the Tribe and around our community. Winters in Pawnee are always very special. This year the Tribe featured night lighting all around the reserve adding ambiance to the Season.
We mourn the loss of our loved ones and continue to hold up the families in prayer. Each member who journeys on takes a little bit of us but then we have our little babies which make our hearts glad again.
Our country has gone through national elections and we now must make adjustments to the new administration. We, here at the Nation, have been attending and conducting meetings to keep abreast of the changes in policy and direction from the new President. We have faith that through awareness and vigilance we can not only maintain but make new paths in the days ahead.
The Nation is moving ahead in the lawsuit with the BIA and BLM. We must hold them accountable for the mismanagement of our leases with the oil companies and protect our water. We have held multiple meetings with our people and the community about the legal efforts through various lawsuits against the oil companies that Frack and the disposal of waste water which have caused our earthquakes. The Pawnee Nation is looked upon as leaders in dealing with these enormous issues. I commend our staff, Andrew Knifechief, Don Mason, our EPA and Walter (Bunky) Echo-Hawk in helping us move forward. There are many others who have contributed time and effort in this too. We will do our best to keep all of you informed in these matters.
The Stonewolf Travel Plaza expansion continues and we look forward to its completion this summer. It will be bigger and better and will bring in economic development revenues to the Nation. Our convenience stores continue to be upgraded and are undergoing some required repairs. We will begin to make repairs from the damage the earthquake caused to our Tribal offices and buildings, we will be moving to other parts of our campus, shortly. Please bear with us in these necessary moves.
Please, continue to pray for the Council and all of the employees of our Nation. We are striving to do the best we can for each of you.
W. Bruce Pratt, President