Every year at the CPN Family Reunion Festival, the Nation honors a group of families that moved to Oklahoma and eventually formed the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The 2019 Honored Families are Johnson, Lafromboise, LaReau, LeClaire, Melott, Rhodd, Tescier, Weld and Young.
Potawatomi began eating wild rice after settling around the Great Lakes between 800 and 1,300 years ago. It was a staple of their diet and society, and harvest and processing it required everyone’s participation.
Haskell Indian Nations University held Keeping Legends Alive in September 2018 to celebrate two big occasions in the school’s history: the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Haskell’s 1926 Indian Celebration, which included a huge powwow to dedicate the university’s football stadium and archway.