By Levi Rickert
HANNAHVILLE INDIAN RESERVATION – More than 2,000 people from 11 Potawatomi nations are gathering in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week at the Hannahville Indian Reservation near Escanaba, Michigan for the 2022 Potawatomi Gathering.
Organized by the Hannahville Indian Community, the Potawatomi rally has resumed after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Earlier in the week, hundreds of people attended a language conference held just before the Potawatomi rally. On Friday, tribal leaders voted to combine the language portion in future gatherings.
On Friday evening, the Indian community of Hannahville held a powwow. Drums from several Potawatomi groups were present and hundreds of Potawatomi dancers were in full dress to the appreciation of the gathered crowd.
While delivering remarks at the opening of the powwow, Hannahville Indian Community President Kenneth Meshigaud asked the crowd to observe a minute’s silence for those lost in the Potawatomi tribal communities. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, located on the Pine Creek Reservation in Fulton, Michigan, will host the 2023 Potawatomi Gathering next summer.
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