This year’s election definitely brought some new campaigning styles to the playing field. It’s refreshing to see people keep up with the times by using other formats of campaigning such as social media. This election brought several runners for the FCP council member position: Brooks Boyd (incumbent), Nate Gilpin, Jeffrey Keeble Jr., Al Milham, Nick Shepard and Heather VanZile (incumbent).
The 13th Annual Hunting Moon Powwow 2017 kicked off the weekend of Oct. 20-22 in Milwaukee, Wis., at the Wisconsin Center downtown. The pow-wow was directed by the Forest County Potawatomi tribe and brings in dancers and drummers from all over the United States. It really is the powwow of pow-wows here in the Midwest.
With fall weather and some chilly rain, the 24th annual Fire Keeper Meno Keno Ma Ge Wen Powwow was still in full force on August 26 & 27, 2017, in Carter, Wis. The powwow committee did a great job this year in making sure things ran smoothly and efficiently. Turnout this year was great, despite what Mother Nature decided to bring in the weather department.
After a three-year hiatus, the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017 were once again the focus of Native American athletes across Canada and the United States as they joined in the competitions held July 15-23. This year was just as intense as previous years for athletes, coaches and parents as the sporting events were held in Toronto, Ontario, and were spread out across the city resulting in lots of travel time. Of course, everyone local who participated in NAIG did his/her absolute best to root on Team Wisconsin!
A new transportation system may become a reality in the community very soon. The plan calls for a 120-day pilot project to begin sometime in late July to early August of this year. The Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) Transit system comes about as a result of a recent survey which showed that 63 percent of adult FCP tribal members polled in Forest County are in favor of having a public transit system.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this year’s Mish ko swen 5K event which was held at We Care in Carter, Wis. The sun was shining with blue skies and low humidity and most importantly, no rain! FCP Community Health and Employee Wellness always do a great job organizing this event for the community, and it is always a success.