Mno-Bmadsen to host first ever Pokagon Economic Gathering

Did you know it’s estimated that 40 percent of Native people earn income from traditional arts and cultural presentations? Or that small-business ownership is an effective strategy in strengthening Native American economies? The inaugural Pokagon Economic Gathering (PEG) in October will provide community members with resources for pursuing business goals.

PEG is designed to expose Pokagon families and community members to the many economic opportunities available within our community. It was created to educate our tribe and sister tribes on career development and entrepreneurship. The Pokagon Economic Gathering is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at the Four Winds Casino Resort Silver Creek Event Center.

Mno-Bmadsen is committed to supporting local Native American artists and small-business owners who are pursuing their dream and contributing towards a stronger economy. These Native innovators help keep Native money in Native country, but they need our support.

PEG will feature a trade show with Native American-owned businesses and Pokagon art, as well as breakout sessions focusing on small-business ownership, pathways and career guidance, youth leadership, and traditional culture. There will be a luncheon with four local Native American-owned businesses, an hour of networking with John Sturk, a Chicago-based Native American magician, and an awards dinner with Gary ‘Litefoot’ Davis, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma known for his success is entrepreneurship, music, acting, and public speaking. 

This all-day event is free to register and is family friendly. Space is limited for childcare and trade show registrants. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. You can find registration and information details on the PEG website at

Ask yourself, “Are you PEG’d for success?”