This year’s Gathering will be hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi at its Rodgers Lake property, in the heart of the ancestral Potawatomi homelands. The Gathering will be Thursday, August 8 through Sunday, August 11, 2013.

The Potawatomi Gathering provides an opportunity for Bodéwadmi people from across North America to come together for language and cultural demonstrations, recreational activities, meals, socializing, and a powwow. The tribal councils and service programs from the various Potawatomi bands will also meet to discuss business and issues affecting Potawatomi communities across the U.S. and Canada.

The idea for the Gathering began over twenty years ago when Potawatomi leaders recognized they had been separated for too long and needed to come together to share experiences, ideas, and to reconnect as family. It has grown into a multi-day event attended by several thousand Neshnabék annually. Hosted by a different band every year, this will be the third time Pokagon Band has served as host.

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