The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center exists to educate tribal members, the greater Native American community, and other visitors about the historical and contemporary aspects of the tribe.
The annual Family Reunion Festival of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a celebration of native culture for the Potawatomi. The 2017 Family Reunion Festival will take place June 23-25, 2017. The activities include Grand Entry, cultural classes, a dance contest and General Council.
The Gathering of Potawatomi Nations is hosted each year by one of the nine bands of Potawatomi, providing an opportunity for members of all bands to come together and celebrate their Potawatomi heritage. It includes a language conference, cultural workshops, language classes, cultural classes and sporting events.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary houses eagles rescued from the wild that are injured and cannot be rehabilitated. The eagles will be taken care of for the remainder of their lives at this facility. The aviary allows CPN access to naturally molted feathers, which will be distributed to tribal members for cultural and religious purposes. In addition, the facility gives the CPN the means to save the Creator’s great messenger as well as the opportunity to reconnect our people to the living eagle.
In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians in the state of Indiana were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands by order of the U.S. government. The 859 Potawatomi who started the journey travelled across Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and finally Kansas before finally arriving at their intended destination. The loss of life, 41 in total, resulted in the removal becoming known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death.