An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe is preparing to open two new entertainment venues.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is opening the 2,000-seat Grand Events Center at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort this month to host concerts. It is located just east of Oklahoma City off of Interstate 40. Rodney Carrington will be the first to perform at the new venue. He has performances scheduled for Dec. 27 and 28.
Firelake Arena, a 5,000-seat space, will open in January in Shawnee. It will host concerts, conventions and community events.
The Oklahoma-based Citizen Potawatomi Nation has received more than $367,000 in funding to create a mentorship program using traditional culture teachings to try to combat peer pressure, bullying and other negative behaviors.
The Shawnee-based tribe announced this week that the Administration for Native Americans provided the funding for the program.
The two-year grant will go toward developing three forms of curriculum focusing on cultural mentorship, cultural activities and peer mentoring.