Family Reunion Festival
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Reunion Festival is an annual celebration of native culture for the Potawatomi people. The festival takes place during the last weekend of June for tribal members and their guests.
Tribal elections are held during the Festival and voting occurs on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tribal courtroom (in the Citizen Potawatomi administration building). The annual General Council meeting is also held on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Festival activities include grand entry, cultural and language classes, powwow, General Council, dance contests, sports and much more. Over the course of three days, tribal members learn, play, eat, tour, observe and engage with Potawatomi culture.
Each year, the Nation chooses several of its founding families to be honored at Festival. Honored families are celebrated with special dances at the festival grounds on Saturday evening. These families are some of the 1,400 individuals who made the decision to become U.S. citizens and acquire allotments from the federal government in Indian Territory in 1861. These Native people had the courage to engage with the government in a new way, even after being removed several times, which created the Citizen band of the Potawatomi Nation.
Family Reunion Festival connects CPN members with their heritage, while making new friends and catching up with family members. If you have never attended, make this the year! Take this opportunity to learn more about your family and the tribe.
To learn more about this year’s schedule of events or to view photos from previous years, please visit http://www.potawatomi.org/culture/family-reunion-festival.