facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1

PINE CREEK INDIAN RESERVATION — Over 2,000 Potawatomi citizens from 11 Potawatomi tribal nations gathered this past week in southwest Michigan at the Pine Creek Indian Reservation, near Battle Creek and the tribe's Firekeepers Casino Hotel for the Potawatomi Gathering 2023. 

Hosted by the Nottawasseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, the Potawatomi Gathering kicked off on Monday with language workshops, On Thursday, Potawatomi leaders met to discuss common issues and on Friday the Potawatomi Economic Summit was held to discuss the various means each tribe is improving tribal business enterprises owned by the Potawatomi tribal nations. 

Never miss Indian Country’s biggest stories and breaking news. Sign up to get our reporting sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning. 

The Potawatomi Gathering was established in the summer of 1994 by the Wasauksing First Nation to revitalize the Potawatomi culture, language, and identity. 

This year's gathering represents the fourth time the Nottawasseppi Huron Band has hosted the annual gathering.


                     Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Chairman Joseph "Zeke" Rupnick


Due to rain during the day on Friday, a powwow planned at the powwow grounds of the Pine Creek Indian Reservation was moved to the Firekeepers Casino Hotel.  A crowd of over 800 attended the powwow that attracted over five drums and hundreds of dancers dressed in regalia. Vererans from various parts of the country represented their Potawatomi tribal honor guards.

Nottawasseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Chairman Jamie Stuck


With blue skies with temperatures in the low 80s, the powwow was held on the reservation where Nottawasseppi Band of the Potwatomi Chairman Jaime Stuck welcomed the Potawatomi tribal nations to his tribe's homelands. 

Next year in 2024, the Potawatomi Gathering will be hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in Dowagiac, Michigan. 









More Stories Like This

South Dakota House State Affairs Committee Advances Bill to Expand and Protect Native American Voting Rights
Historic Native Nations Agribusiness Trade Mission to Take Place in Canada in June
Biden Appoints The National Center’s Chris James (Cherokee) to Trade Advisory Committee
FCC Chairwoman Proposes New "Missing and Endangered Persons" Emergency Alert Code
California MMIP Summit Convenes Tribal Leaders to Address Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

Native Perspective.  Native Voices.  Native News. 

We launched Native News Online because the mainstream media often overlooks news that is important is Native people. We believe that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers.  We hope you'll consider making a donation to support our efforts so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous-centered journalism. Thank you.

About The Author
Levi Rickert
Author: Levi RickertEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Levi "Calm Before the Storm" Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the founder, publisher and editor of Native News Online. Rickert was awarded Best Column 2021 Native Media Award for the print/online category by the Native American Journalists Association. He serves on the advisory board of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association. He can be reached at [email protected].