during the annual Gourd Dance honoring tribal veterans
Each June, Citizen Potawatomi from across the world travel to
the tribal headquarters in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma to celebrate
their shared heritage and forge closer ties with friends and family.
The 2017 Family Reunion Festival looks to be no different, with
many new sights, upgraded facilities and familiar faces set to converge
on the tribal home from June 23-25, 2017.
All attendees of Festival must register in person at FireLake
Arena the day of their arrival to gain access to activities and
events taking place on tribal grounds. Early registrations will
take place Thursday, June 22, 2017 at FireLake Arena from 12 p.m.
to 7 p.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
at the same location.
Honored families for 2017 are Bourassa, Burnett, Melot, Navarre,
Peltier, Wamego, Willmet and Vieux. More information on these families
can be found on page 15 of this Hownikan, and any members of these
families should check the morning hours of the schedule for Saturday,
June 24 to find the time for their family's group photo inside the
Five elections are on the ballot on the June 24 CPN Election
Day. Incumbent John Rocky Barrett faces challenger Steve
Castaneda for the tribe's highest executive office. CPN Legislative
districts 1 and 2 have no challengers, meaning only incumbent Roy
Slavin of District 1 and Eva Marie Carney of District 2 will be
on the ballot for their races respectively. In CPN District 3, incumbent
Robert Whistler faces challenger Jahn Eric Humphreys, while CPN
District 4 Legislator Jon Boursaw is being challenged by Theresa
Adame. Also on the ballot is the annual tribal budget.
FireLake Golf Course will host a ribbon cutting for its re-opening
on June 23, with plans for a 9-hole scramble to be held June 24.
Tribal members are encouraged to visit the new clubhouse, which
will be open for tours.
New interactive exhibits at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center
will be on display for attendees at this year's event. For those
who have not been to the CHC since June 2016, you're sure to find
something new in the updated offerings at the tribal cultural center.
Registration and departures for tours of the CPN Eagle Aviary
are done exclusively at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center. Museum
displays, cultural exhibits and the Citizen Potawatomi Gift Shop
are being prepared for the influx of Festival attendees keen on
learning more about their shared heritage. The latter has supplies
available for those last minute regalia needs, including several
sewing machines and regalia making classes taking place before the
Saturday night powwow. The gift shop also has ready-made regalia,
including ribbon shirts for men and shawls and dresses for women.
Regalia is an important part of one of Festival's main attractions,
Saturday night's Grand Entry, where Potawatomi from across the Nation
enter the powwow arena together as one tribe. Government leaders,
led by Tribal Chairman Barrett, Vice-Chairman Linda Capps and Secretary-Treasurer
D. Wayne Trousdale enter behind the CPN Veterans' Group Color Guard.
The are followed by this year's honored families. Given the sacred
nature of the powwow arena, it is vital that attendees wear appropriate
dress; which includes slacks and ribbon shirts for men and shawls
or dresses for women. Shorts and spaghetti strap tops are strongly
Attendees should check their final schedule distributed at registration
upon arrival, as it is subject to change. For more information on
Festival, visit http://cpn.news/festival2017.