Bosho, As the Tribal Chairperson, I am pleased to welcome you to the Hannahville Indian Community, Band of Potawatomi’s official website.
The Hannahville Indian Community is a rapidly growing entity whose mission is to preserve and enhance our community’s social, economic and cultural existence.
We hope you enjoy our website and visit it often to get updates on the happenings and events taking place in Hannahville. Now that you’ve visited the website, please make it a point to one day visit us in person. We’re always happy to see new faces and smiles and welcome the opportunity to make new and lasting friends.
Have a great visit and enjoy.
Kenneth Meshigaud, Tribal Chairperson
Hannahville Indian Community
For over 3 years, Tribal member Amanda Hess worked with Superior Play to come up with a design that fits the needs of the children within the Cedarview subdivision. On May 5, 2014 the playground was approved by Tribal Council and includes a basketball court nearby.
The playground is designed with areas for all ages. Playgrounds not only provide opportunities for children to play, there is substantial research showing the link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. Every part of the playground was carefully designed to incorporate those skills as well as including some Potawatomi language on various panels.
There’s something satisfying about watching kids run, jump and climb on a playground that you have built with your own hands. The benefits of community build playgrounds go well beyond the cost savings. This experience offered an opportunity for individuals to come together and give something back to our community.
On Tuesday, July 8, over 75 community members and employees volunteered to help build the playground. Prep work and construction began at 8:00 a.m. and continued for 13 hours until completed. Volunteers had a hand in building every part of the playground with the help of Doug and Ken from Superior Play Landscape Structures.
On Monday, July 14, a dedication ceremony was held to honor Sonny and Rose Gill by naming the new playground the Sonny Rose Park as tribute to all of their years of service to the Hannahville Indian Community.
Thank you to all those who volunteered your time and energy. A special thanks to Amanda Hess who initiated this project and stayed dedicated to making it happen. We appreciate all your hard work! It was a great experience seeing everyone come together to create something for the youth of our community.
This year’s Potawatomi Gathering will be hosted by the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish, Gun Lake Band of Potawtomi Indians in Gun Lake, Michigan (just south of Grand Rapids), August 4 – 10, 2014.
Visit the official Potawatomi Gathering website for more information