The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is committed to providing services that promote family unity with a goal of helping individuals and families attain self-sufficiency.
Firekeepers Elder Center
Community Elders take part in a host of activities provided by the Elders Center.
The Firekeepers Elder Center, located at 15372 K Road is open daily from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
The program provides a place for the community elders to come together for a variety of activities. They have access to a game room with pool tables, a craft room, a sitting room for visiting one another and tv watching, access to gym equipment, yearly garden and other scheduled activities. Each summer the program coordinates a trip for the Elders to the annual Potawatomi Gathering.
Each day the staff prepares a nutritious meal and serves approximately 120 lunches from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meal delivery is also available to home-bound seniors on the reservation. Each month a special birthday meal is prepared to celebrate senior birthdays.
The Tribal Emergency Services also provides free blood pressure and sugar level checks starting at 11:15 a.m.
For monthly luncheon calendar, click here.
For monthly activity calendar, click here.
For additional information contact the Elder Center director at 785-966-0040 or fax 785-966-0052.
Food Distribution Program
The Potawatomi Nation has been operating a commodity program since early 1980s. The Nation will continue to support this basic service to all income-eligible individuals due to the continued need for emergency food service. The service area and eligibility requirements have remained the same: "All income-eligible individuals, Indian or non-Indian, residing within the 11-square-mile Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Reservation will be eligible for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Food Distribution Program. All income-eligible households living off the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Reservation, but within Jackson and Brown Counties, Kansas, in which at least one member of the household must be a member of a recognized Indian nation to be eligible for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Food Distribution Program." The Food Distribution program is located at 15189 K Road, Mayetta, KS, 66509. For more information call (785) 966-2718 or fax (785) 966-2529.
To download a Food Distribution Program application, click here
To downbload Monthly Food Distribution Income Guidelines, click here
To download Monthly Pick Up calendar, click here
We-Ta-Se American Legion Post 410
The We-Ta-Se American Legion Post 410 is one of the oldest Native American Legion Posts in the United States. The Post is located in a building called We-Ta-Se at 15434 K Road, Mayetta, KS 66509 which houses offices, a conference room and a museum of Potawatomi veteran memorabilia. Two full-time staff are available for providing transportation services and other assistance for Prairie Band Potawatomi veterans. We-Ta-Se which means “one who is brave" in the Potawatomi language, is composed of many life members who perform as Color Guards at several events each year. The group meets regularly and appears at local pow-wows, groundbreaking ceremonies, funerals, Potawatomi Gatherings and parades. Post 410 also plays an active role in the community and is particularly supportive of activities for youth and elders. For more information call 785.966. 2580 and fax: 785.966.9853.