One Story is a grass roots community-based program designed to build awareness of contemporary Native American issues. One Story partners currently include The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Union Schools, and Southwestern Michigan College.

This year's book selection is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who grew up in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The novel is based on Alexie’s own experiences and utilizes words and pictures to tell the story of a young Indian boy who leaves his school on the reservation to attend an all-white school. The 2015 One Story events are based on various themes explored in Alexie’s semi-autobiographical book.

2015 Calendar

    Movie Showing: Smoke Signals
    SMC will host a free showing of Sherman Alexie’s movie, Smoke Signals, which is based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Free refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:00 pm and movie begins at 6:30 pm.

    January 29 | 6:00 pm
    Southwestern Michigan College
    Student Activity Center
    58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • "Walking in Two Worlds" Art Workshop
    The Pokagon Band will host a presentation and art workshop. Participants will learn about artist, Louie Gong’s, message about the importance of expressing one’s identity. They will then use “MockUps” to custom design their own pair of Vans shoes. Refreshments and art materials will be provided.

    February 12 | 5:30 pm
    Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
    Community Center
    27043 Potawatomi Trail (off of Dailey Road), Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Book Discussion: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
    The Dowagiac Area History Museum will host a book talk about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. The discussion will be facilitated by the Director of the Dowagiac District Library.

    February 18 | 6:30 pm
    Dowagiac Area History Museum
    201 E Railroad St, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Rising Voices Art Exhibit Opening Reception
    Southwestern Michigan College will host the opening reception and gallery show of Rising Voices. The show celebrates the connection between the visual arts and the written word.

    March 11 | 12:30 pm
    Southwestern Michigan College
    Lyon's Building Art Gallery
    58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047

  • Black Ash Basket-Making Workshop
    Basket-makers of the Pokagon Band will lead this interactive workshop and show how a basket is created from tree to product. This program will cost $10 to participate and make a basket (limited to 20 registrants), but community members can enter and observe for free. Pre-register to make a basket in-person at the museum or mail in check with your contact information.

    March 14 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Dowagiac Area History Museum
    201 E Railroad St, Dowagiac, MI 49047