Connecticut tribe cuts back big celebration

Mashantucket, Connecticut (AP) 6-09

The Mashantucket Pequot tribe is cutting back on what had become one of the major American Indian gatherings, Schemitzun.

A smaller social gathering will be held in August instead of Schemitzun which has been costing the tribe about $1 million. Schemitzun has been sponsored by the tribe since 1991.

A tribal member says vendors, tribal members, sponsors and employees were notified the large-scale celebration has been canceled.

The smaller powwow will be held on the grounds of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and will cost the tribe less than $50,000.

Schemitzun celebrates the harvest and means “feast of the green corn and dance” in the languages spoken by the Mashantucket Pequots and other Eastern tribes.