Published July 9, 2016
HOPKINS, MICHIGAN – Some 300 dancers registered today to dance at the Second Annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in Hopkins, Michigan. The powwow was co-hosted by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She Wish Pottawatomi, commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe, and the Jijak Foundation. The powwow was held at Gun Lake Tribe’s powwow arena located at Jijak Camp.
The dancers came from various parts of the Great Lakes region.
Shannon Martin (Gun Lake Tribe) and Marin (Mark) Denning (Oneida/Menominee) served as co-emcees of the powwow. Both paid homage to the tragedies across America, beginning in Orlando last month and the ambushed killing of five police officers in Dallas.
“We know all lives matters. Black lives matter. Blue lives matter,” stated Denning. Martin recognized the Gun Lake tribal police who were in attendance. Denning and Martin talked about how respect across communities is important.
The Sweet Grass Moon Powwow continues tomorrow at Jijak Camp that is about half-way between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The powwow is open from 9am – 5pm.
Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert.
George Martin (Ojibwe)
Chase Stevens (Saginaw Chippewa) with son, Gunner
Shannon Martin (Potawatomi/Ojibwe) served as co-MC of the powwow.