Pow Wow Name Survey

For many years, the annual Mountain Lake Community Festival called Pow Wow has been organized and under the financial umbrella of the Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.  In the summer of 2020, the Chamber of Commerce received letters written by concerned individuals about the name of the festival.  Since 1923 the festival has been called Pow Wow.  Letter writers expressed concern about trending cultural sensitivities and that some people think this is an inappropriate use of festival’s name and not a part of this area’s culture.  Last fall a survey of the Chamber members was conducted with most members saying they do not want the name changed.  The Chamber Board formed a Task Force made up of chamber board members, letter writers, cultural advisors, and city council members to explore the issues facing the community and strive toward reconciliation between cultures. 

The Task Force believes it is imperative to receive community input on the name of the community celebration.  Below is a short survey that we would like you to complete.  The reason for the “why” question is your comments will be used to help focus on education and understanding of either side of the issue. All Mountain Lake citizens and rural residents will be eligible to participate in the survey.  For a survey to be counted you must complete your name, city address, and age range.  The Task Force will use the results of the survey to make a recommendation to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on the future name of the community celebration.  The Task Force would like to emphasize that this is an ongoing issue in our community and decisions are still being made. The final decision may require additional passage of time. 

Must be a resident of the City of Mountain Lake or Mountain Lake Public School District to complete the survey.

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* 1. Name:

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* 2. Address

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* 3. Age Range

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* 4. Do you want the Pow Wow name changed?

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* 5. Why?

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