Unity, progress, cultural revitalization, and a new vision for tribal prosperity, will continue to be the focus of our tribal leadership as we look onward to the new season. I am eager to connect with friends and family alike as we gather for the 2019 Annual Peoria Council Meeting. It has been an exciting year of change, and I believe hosting the meeting in a new venue will embrace the progress.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Peoria Showplace in Buffalo Run Casino on March 2, 2019. I believe we are just beginning to see what we can do if we remained committed and dedicated to our vision.
I want to share with you a brief recap of what has materialized as relationships merge on this journey. I had the privilege to attend Governor Kevin Stitt’s Inauguration. Just as optimism and hope filled the air at this event, I hope to project the same sentiment to my fellow Tribal members. I hope we can have respectful and meaningful conversations that lead to movement and future progress.
I would encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting, bring your family, socialize, meet a Peoria citizen you may not know. The Annual Meeting is a time for us to conduct the business of the Tribe but is also a time to gather. For so many generations oral history was the only form of sharing and passing along traditions and stories. Let this be a time to gather, reflect, share and begin to rebuild.
As I look back to the growth of our Tribe, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the past leaders. Our previous leaders laid the foundation for future generations, so without that dedication and commitment, we would not be where we are today. In saying that, I thank you all, for your imprint on our Tribe.