Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s 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 2020 Family Reunion Festival is June 26-28. Activities include Grand Entry, cultural classes, a dance contest and General Council.
The Potawatomi Gathering is hosted each year by one of the bands of Potawatomi across North America, providing an opportunity for citizens of all Potawatomi tribes to come together and celebrate their Potawatomi heritage. It includes a language conference, cultural workshops, language clases, cultural classes and sporting events.
The Eagle Aviary houses eagles rescued from the wild that are injured and cannot be fully rehabilitated. They are taken care of for the remainder of their lives at this facility. The aviary allows CPN access to naturally molted feathers, which are distributed to tribal members for cultural and religious purposes. In addition, the facility gives 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 traveled across Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and finally Kansas before arriving at their intended destination. The loss of life, 41 in total, resulted in the removal becoming known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death.