2019 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

The Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit 2019 will be held at the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Dowagiac, Michigan from April 25-28, 2019.

We are currently accepting scholarship applications.  However, due to limited funding, we will be unable to provide travel assistance as part of the scholarships.

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Travel and Accommodations\

The Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be held at the Pokagon Band’s amazing Rodgers Lake location (58620 Sink Road | Dowagiac, MI 49047) that is home to the the Band’s powwow grounds.

The closest airport is South Bend, Indiana, which is about a 30-45 minute drive.  Chicago is about 2 hours and Detroit is close to 4 hours.

Lodging is not included in the event registration, but there are room blocks at

  • Baymont Inn. 29291 Amerihost Dr, Dowagiac, MI 49047(269) 782-4270.
  • Quality Inn. 1265 S 11th, Niles, MI, 49120. 269-684-3900  Click here for reservations.
  • Holiday Inn Express. 1000 Moore Street, Niles, MI, 49120. Click here or call 269-684-0300 for reservations.  Code is PBF or tell them Pokagon Band Food Summit
  • Camping and RV sites are available onsite at no cost.  However, please be sure to make your reservation by adding that option during the registration process.

Please note that most event activities will be held outside, so prepare and dress accordingly.  Registration is now open.

Summit Program

A full draft program will be available shortly.  It will include the following topics and activities:

  • Traditional Tools:
    • Botagens/Ka>ni=k@hts/Corn mortar
    • Clay pots
    • Planting sticks and cooking paddles
    • Black ash corn washing baskets
    • Reed food drying mats
    • Elm and birch bark baskets
    • Great Lakes Copper working
    • Hide tanning
  • Seed Keeping
  • Garden/Farm Design and Conservation Planning
  • Foraging
  • Nutrition and Community Health, including Maternal Nutrition, Breastfeeding, and Babies’ First Foods
  • Hands-on Cooking Demos and Classes
  • Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperative Development to Expand Intertribal Trade

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