Cultural Highlights

This June 5–7, a group of Pokagon Band students traveled to Mt. Pleasant to participate in the Honoring, Healing, and Remembering Ceremony at the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School with our Department of Education. The students took part in the sunrise ceremony at the Mission Creek Cemetery, followed by observances at the site of the school. There were songs, pipe ceremonies, and a grand entry with veteran flag carriers and jingle dress dancers.

Regalia Class started in January, and the Language and Culture Department held two classes per month through May. The last class was the weekend before the Oshke-Kno-Kewéwen (OKK) Traditional Pow Wow, and almost all participants finished their full traditional Potawatomi camp dress, moccasins, and an applique skirt. A total of 12 women attended classes regularly through the whole series. Some of the women were experienced with sewing and others were trying it out for the first time. One man also made a ribbon shirt.

The Pokagon Band hosted the sixth annual All Tribes Lacrosse Tournament at Rodgers Lake Sports Complex on May 19. This year’s event featured five teams vying for the coveted trophy stick and the designation as Michigan’s top tribal lacrosse team, ultimately claimed by a team called Special Forces, comprised of Native Americans living near Lansing. The Saginaw Chippewa team, Red Swamp, took second, and the Little Traverse Bay team called MTZ earned third.

The community celebrated our newest citizens at the annual Baby Celebration Saturday, April 21. Community Outreach, Early Childhood Education, DNR, and Dental hosted this year’s event. We welcomed 19 new babies born into the tribe within the past year, wrapping them each in beautifully made quilts by Pokagon citizens. A total of 71 people came out to share in this celebration.

About 50 people participated in the 2018 Family Fishing Day this June.

Grand Prize Winner
Jang Saldivar
22.5" Bowfin

Bass Category
1st Jason Holloway 19" Largemouth
2nd Clyde Brazie 18.25" Largemouth
3rd Justin Brazie 17.5" Largemouth

Sunfish Category
Tie for 1st Mike Snay 10.5" Crappie and Fred Schoff 10.5" Crappie
Tie for 3rd Walter Peters 9.5" Crappie and Matthew Bussler 9.5" Crappie

Other Category
1st Carl Wesaw Jr. 5" Painted Turtle