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HANNAHVILLE INDIAN RESERVATION — Over 2,000 individuals from 11 Potawatomi nations are gathering this week in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at the Hannahville Indian Reservation, near Escanaba, Mich. for the Potawatomi Gathering 2022.

Hosted by the Hannahville Indian Community, the Potawatomi Gathering resumed after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Earlier in the week, hundreds attended a language conference that was held just prior to the Potawatomi Gathering. On Friday, tribal leaders voted to combine the langauge portion into future Gatherings.

On Friday evening, the Hannahville Indian Community hosted a powwow. Drums from several Potawatomi bands were present and hundreds of Potawatomi dancers were in regalia to the appreciation of the assembled crowd.

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As he offered remarks during the opening of the powwow, Hannahville Indian Community Chairperson Kenneth Meshigaud asked the crowd to observe a moment of silence for those lost to Potawatomi tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, located on the Pine Creek Reservation in Fulton, Mich. will host the Potawatomi Gathering 2023 next summer.

 

 

 

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