Hannahville Indian Community

Message from Chairman Meshigaud

As Chairperson of the Tribal Council for the Hannahville Indian Community, and speaking on their behalf, it has always been our dream to some day have fluent speaking Potawatomi people.

After all, speaking our god-given language makes us who we are as Indian people. We are very proud of the progress and the growth of the Language and Culture Department for what they have accomplished in the short time since we decided to restructure that area to a more viable program.

Along with language education are the cultural and ceremonial ways of our people. In the process of teaching about the ceremonies we can all be assured that these ceremonies will be preserved for our tribal membership long into the future.


Tribal Chairman Kenneth Meshigaud
Tribal Chairman
Kenneth Meshigaud
Serving Hannahville Community
as Chairman for 19 years

Having said that, we want you all to know that the Tribal Council entrusted the duties of carrying on the traditional ways to the Culture Department -- knowing full well of the monumental task that they were entrusted with. We would like to wish them the best of luck.



Hannahville Administration Center

The Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community is a federally recognized Indian Tribe residing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula approximately 15 miles west of Escanaba.

The Potawatomi are an Indian culture with unique history, values and customs. The traditional homeland of the Potawatomi Nation encompassed permanent villages on the southern shores of Lake Michigan to villages scattered across the southern portion of what is now the state of Michigan to present day Detroit. With the arrival of white settlers, the Potawatomi were gradually driven off their lands. Many Potawatomi fled to maintain their freedom. One group relocated in the vicinity of the Cedar River until 1883, when they moved to unoccupied land near Wilson, Michigan.



Hannahville Location

Administration Building
Tribal Center Administration Reception

Administration Ceiling

Administration Reception Picture
2013 Winter Storytelling
Winter Storytelling
Community Center
February 1 and 2, 2013
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Play ShiShiBe

Next Shi Shi Be

February 3, 2013
Community Center
NOON to 4:00 PM
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Potawatomi Heritage Center
Potawatomi Heritage Center
Language Lab Hours
Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 5 PM
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Potawatomi Images
Potawatomi Language Revitalization

The Potawatomi Language Program, the Ewikkendaswat Ekenomagewat Project and Language Technology Projects are funded by the Hannahville Indian Community, HIS/NTW School, and Language Revitalization Grants (2006 & 2009) from the ACF Administration for Native Americans (ANA).