Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chair resigns 7-07

Mayetta, Kan., - The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Council announced on July 20 that Tracy Stanhoff has resigned as tribal chair.

“We were surprised by her departure,” said Tribal Council Vice Chairman Rey Kitchkumme who will assume the duties of the chair.

“During her tenure the Tribal Council oversaw the changeover from Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., to our own tribally managed casino now known as the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. In addition, the Tribal Council has other economic development programs in the works. On behalf of the Tribal Council we wish Tracy well in her future endeavors.”

An election for Tribal Chair will be held in the future. Members of the Tribal Council besides Kitchkumme are James Potter, secretary, Ryan Dyer, treasurer, Jackie Mitchell, James Wabaunsee and Junior Wahweotten. The Tribal Council is elected by the tribal membership in four-year staggered terms.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a tribe that originated in the Great Lakes region thousands of years ago. The Prairie Band Potawatomi people were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to Kansas around 1846. Today, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a federally recognized sovereign nation with almost 5,000 tribal members.

Contact: Rey Kitchkumme, Acting Tribal Chairperson, 785.966.4020 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.