Voting and General Council

Tribal members 18 and older can vote at the designated polling place on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tribal ID is required.

General Council takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. inside FireLake Arena. Election results are presented during the meeting.

Read more on Tribal elections, including past election results and the election ordinance, here.

Powwow and Grand Entry

Women should keep their legs and shoulders covered by wearing ankle-length skirts and a shirt that conceals the shoulders as well as carry a shawl, and men should wear slacks and a ribbon shirt. Everyone should wear close-toed shoes and move clockwise around the arena. Watch a short video about powwow etiquette here.

The powwow consists of group, social and competition dances. Everyone who meets the clothing requirements can participate in Grand Entry. Each of the annual honored families moves into the arena together before everyone else. Competition dances includes men’s traditional, women’s traditional, jingle dance and more. Learn more about powwow dances here.

Read about expectations for boundaries, cell phones and Grand Entry here.

Dogs are not allowed in the dance arena as it as a sacred space. Festival is for CPN members and their immediate family (those dependents living in the home of the Tribal member).

Culture

Moccasins and closed-toed shoes in the arena are one of the basic etiquette requirements of the sacred space. Most dancers wear moccasins while they participate in Grand Entry or competition. Learn how to make a pair of traditional pucker-toe moccasins here.

The Family Reunion Festival weekend also includes classes on how to make different pieces of regalia, beading and other cultural activities.

Handgames remain one of the most anticipated and fun activities of Family Reunion Festival. Held on Friday night, this traditional family competition sometimes tops over 100 participants broken into groups of seven. Hear an explanation of the rules and learn how to play here.

Registration and security

Registration takes place on the north side of FireLake Arena. Early registration begins at Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.

In the event of a lost child, there is either a security guard or a police officer at every gate who will help you find your child. Report a missing child to the nearest officer or call Tribal Police at 405-878-4818.

Honored Families

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center hosts honored family interviews during Family Reunion Festival. Find more information here.

(This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.)

2022: Bruno, Darling, Hardin, Higbee, Lewis, Nadeau, Slavin and Smith

2023: Acton, Bergeron, Curley, DeLonais, Greemore, Levier, Negahnquet, Pambogo

2024: Clardy, Frapp, Kahdot, Juneau, Pappan, Crumbo, Muller

2025: Bourassa, Burnett, Melot, Navarre, Peltier, Wamego, Willmet, Vieux

2026: Anderson, Beaubien, Bertrand, Bourbonnais, Ogee, Pettifer, Toupin, Wano, Yott

2027: Johnson, Lafromboise, LaReau, LeClaire, Melott, Rhodd, Tescier, Weld, Young