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Prairie Band Almost Ready for Gathering

MAYETTA:  PBPN staff and volunteers are getting ready for the Gathering,  Almost 1,000 people have pre-registered and many more are expected to converge on the Potawatomi reservation in the next two days.

Tomorrow things get underway with Potawatomi leaders who will gather at an All-Bands Council Economic Summit Meeting hosted by Tribal Chair Steve Ortiz and a Judicial Conference will also be held at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort.  Evening activities will include a Community Potluck at Prairie People’s Park and the opening of the Youth Leadership Seminar at the Bingo Hall.  Singles can also mingle at a get-together in the park beginning at 7 p.m.   For a complete schedule see Gathering on this website.

Below are some photographs taken yesterday and today of PBPN preparing for their guests.

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Aaron Hale, Maintenance, painting the Government Center.

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Supplies lined up at the Bingo Hall where volunteers assembled 3,500 bags for Gathering.

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Left to right, Julia Lewis, Bernadette Lewis and Linda Yazzie displaying the carry packs that will be given to registrants.

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Volunteer Marilyn Brewer showing the dish that is inside the dish bag. The PBPN are “going green” and will pass out dish bags that can be washed and reused.

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Registrants will receive a carrying pack that contains a dishbag (on right), spoon, a divided dish container, glass, bottle of hand sanitzer and neck cooler.  Tribal members sewed the dishbags that are mostly handmade.

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Volunteer assembly line at the Bingo Hall yesterday.

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Cindy LeClere, Language Coordinator, was a volunteer and will also be busy at the Language Conference that is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Casino.  Approximately 200 participants are expected at that conference.

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Paula Hopkins and LaVerne Hale have been organizing the Gathering since last year.

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Families began setting up camp yesterday at Prairie Peoples Park.

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Some RV campers already parked in Prairie Peoples Park.

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Tribal member Vincent Hernandez, who works for the PBPN Department of Planning, took a large haul of recycled trash away from the Bingo Hall this morning.

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Linda Yazzie was back in the office of Steve Ortiz, Tribal Chair, today after helping organize the bag assembly line at the Bingo Hall.  Linda is also a member of the Gathering Committee  and has helped organize it throughout the year.