Cultural Highlights

Several hundred people gathered on Pokagon land in April for the 5th Annual Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit. Held in partnership with the Intertribal Agricultural Council, the travelling summit brings together native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, chefs, businesses, policymakers, and tribal leaders to share and learn together.

The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) presented a certificate of self-regulation to the Pokagon Band at the annual citizen’s meeting March 23 at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. The tribe’s certificate of self-regulation went into effect on January 1, 2019.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is just the fifth tribe to be granted a self-regulation certificate from the NIGC.

While students at Zagbëgon enjoyed their spring break, mural painter Alan Compo transformed the school’s main hallway, filling it with depictions of current and former leaders, traditional sugar bushing, clans, and more. Hear from Elizabeth Rinehart, Zagbëgon site manager, and Alan below.

By Elizabeth Rinehart

The tribe’s Department of Education partnered with the city of Dowagiac and Dowagiac District Library for another installment of Spring Into Your Local Library with a city-wide scavenger hunt. The object of the hunt was to capture as many selfies with the given parameters as possible under a 3-hour time limit. Tribal and local adults and children teamed up for the photo hunt the Monday morning of spring break.

“My two children had a lot fun searching for items,” said Carolyn Wolf about Aden and Serenity Wolf. “(It was a) great family activity. Hope to do it next year.”

Tribal Police officers gathered for a quarterly meeting this April, where they honored four officers for life saving or outstanding acts and recognized a promotion and new officer.