This year’s Family Reunion Festival at the end of June brought activities back in-person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. And it was hot. With highs near 100 degrees, one of the best attractions was CPN’s new splash pad, and the kids loved it.

One of the major attractions for the weekend was the craft classes held in the Cultural Heritage Center. Tribal members gathered around tables to learn how to make hand drums, moccasins, sew applique, fashion corn husk dolls, do loom beading, fashion beaded bandoliers and so much more. They talked and shared their stories with each other as they worked on projects together and gained a new skill.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Family Reunion Festival is held the last full weekend in June each summer. Keep an eye on information for next year’s event at

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