BAY MILLS — The 29th annual “Honoring Our Veterans” Pow Wow will not be held this summer.


The Bay Mills Pow Wow Committee has announced that the event has been canceled due to concerns regarding the possible spread of the coronavirus.


Each June, the event draws dancers, vendors and drummers from across the country. Members of the Pow Wow Committee did not want to risk the health of Bay Mills Indian Community residents or the health of visitors by offering a social event in a time of social distancing, said the press release.


Although Bay Mills does not have a confirmed case of the virus, Chippewa County Health Department has confirmed the presence of the virus within the region.


“The Pow Wow Committee together voted unanimously to cancel the Pow Wow,” said Pow Wow Committee Member, Whitney Gravelle. “It is necessary to keep our elders, traditions, languages and tribal communities protected during these unprecedented times.”


Several tribes throughout the state of Michigan have canceled their pow wows as a precaution. Gravelle hopes to offer the community a smaller event, such as a drum social, in the fall, if the community is deemed no longer at risk.


“Next year will be the 30th anniversary for the BMIC Honoring Our Veterans Pow Wow, and the Pow Wow Committee will take this time to plan an even bigger event for our Community and relatives across Turtle Island,” Gravelle said.


For more information, updates and other events, check out the Bay Mills Pow Wow Facebook page as the Pow Wow Committee works to honor our ogichidaag at the 30th Annual “Honoring Our Veterans” Pow Wow on June 25 to June 27, 2021.