Peshawbestown

Peshawbestown (say Shaw-be-town) was established in 1852 by the Grand Traverse Band, which consists of Ottawa and Chippewa Indian tribes. They petitioned for and received federal recognition in 1980; this allowed the tribe to exercise treaty and fishing rights, and other self-governing services. By 1990, their numbers had grown to over 2,000 members and includes six counties. Economic and community development gained a viable source in 1984 when the Leelanau Sands Casino opened. Today visitors literally caravan to Peshawbestown to experience great gaming, celebrity shows, dining, dancing, and convenient lodging.
Peshawbestown sits on 12.5 acres of the GTB reservation. Their political strength, community support, respect for elders, and an incredibly rich heritage has maintained a continuity and pride that exemplifies the Grand Traverse Band. This area between Suttons Bay and Omena may seem quiet and unassuming, but drive slower and notice how the band has created a cultural diversity that could teach every society a thing or two. The main buildings include the Community Center, Indian Art Store, Medicine Lodge, Governmental Center, Strongheart Civic Center, Fire/Rescue/Police departments, and the historic Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church.
The annual Peshawbestown Pow-Wow that occurs in August, features delicious native foods, tribal art, and dancing, dancing, dancing. The people of Peshawbestown have creatively embraced spiritual traditions while looking out for the welfare of each tribal member. Their future shines with the courage of youth, the wisdom of ancestors, and the drive for self-sufficiency and providence.
       
 
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