For One Story’s first year, the book that everyone in the community is encouraged to read is The Round House by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The novel tells the story of a family and community nearly undone by violence on a reservation in North Dakota, but also offers a portrait of a community sustained by its traditions, values, faith, and stories.

Throughout 2014 several book clubs will meet to discuss the novel, and a variety of events/activities based loosely on themes from the novel are planned. Information and event listings can be found below, and through One Story partners: the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, and Southwestern Michigan College.


  • Potawatomi Cultural Teachings and Traditional Medicines with Andy Jackson
    February 8 | 1:00 pm
    Dowagiac Area History Museum
    201 E Railroad St, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Book Talk: The Round House
    All members of our local community are invited to share their opinions and experiences of Louise Erdrich’s novel The Round House. This event will feature a group discussion and light refreshments. Hosted by the Dowagiac Area History Museum and Dowagiac District Library.
    April 16 | 6:30–8:00 pm
    Dowagiac Area History Museum
    201 E Railroad St, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Potawatomi Art Exhibit and Sale Open House
    Life is Art exhibit opening and artists reception, featuring the works of Potawatomi artists. Pottery, clothing, baskets and other objects have evolved out of functional and ceremonial necessity over generations. Experience materials provided by Mother Earth interwoven with contemporary materials expressed in a uniquely native way. Exhibit continues through May 22
    April 24 | 5:00–7:00 pm
    Dogwood Fine Arts Gallery
    Huntington Bank Building
    207 Commercial Street, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Sugar Bush hosted by Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
    Date and time to be determined by the weather

  • Discussion of Native Jurisdiction and Other Legal Issues with Annette Nickel, Pokagon Band Office of General Counsel
    The presentation will provide an overview of the complex topic of criminal jurisdiction within Indian country, as discussed in the book The Round House.
    May 8 | 5:30–7:00 pm
    Pokagon Band Community Center
    address Dailey Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Library Book Talks for Spring Semester
    Southwestern Michigan College
    address Dailey Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Oshke-Kno-Kewéwen Pow Wow
    A traditional pow wow focused on bringing the community together and honoring the tribe's veterans. Part county fair, part family reunion, and part traditional ceremony, a pow wow is a time for native people to celebrate their identity and to visit and share with their friends in the greater community; and for traditional drum groups to sing their songs, for tribal dancers to perform their steps, and for craftsmen and women to display their handiwork.
    May 24–25 | grounds open at 10:00 am
    Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
    Rodgers Lake campus, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Michigan State University Native Quilting
    Dowagiac Area History Museum

  • Culinary Anthropologists from Red Mesa
    The chefs of Red Mesa Cuisine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, bring their blend of Native America traditional and contemporary cuisine to the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in Dowagiac. For further details and to order tickets, visit
    May 15 | 7:30 pm
    Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

  • Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa Pow Wow
    August 30–31 | grounds open at 10:00 am
    Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
    Rodgers Lake campus, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047