Gary Mitchell said "I was invited to participate in the fifth Inaugural All Faith Service January 8, 2007 for Governor Kathleen Sebelius and other elected officials of Kansas. The Capital Journal's Sharon Stauffer wrote the following day: Gary Mitchell, of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, said American Indians are one group of people who have been misunderstood, but said each religion and ethic group has the ability to understand one another because everyone has similar goals they like to achieve. I think we all pray, indeed, for all the same things in our lives," said Mitchell who gave a short blessing in his language.
During times like this invocation, I never fail to mention the role my mother played in learning some of my language. I miss her, but her words will continue as long as I'm alive and will carry on with my grandchildren."