Milestones

Citizens should be aware of particular life stages when certain services or benefits become available to them. In order to optimize these citizen benefits, please read the information found in this section.

New parents (click here) be sure and read through the New Parents Section to find out about Enrollment, Health Services, the Minors Trust, and Child Care.

Parents and those turning 18 (click here), adults and parents looking for information on Registering to Vote, Scholarships, Rental Assistance, our Talent Database, Vocational Education, Health Services, Per capita Payments, Michigan Tax Exemptions, and Senior Youth Council. This page has valuable, important content that can impact your future.

For Citizens 55 and older (click here) can read about the Elders Council, the Elders Stipend, Kekyajek Odanek Elders Village, Health Services, Medicare Part B, Elders Lunches, Per capita Payments, Michian Indian Elders Association, and Michigan Tax Exemptions.

 

New Parents (services for citizens age 0-17)

Congratulations on your new family member! Read on for details on some of the benefits and responsibilities of parents of newborn Pokagon Band citizens.

Enrollment

To begin the process of enrolling your child with the Pokagon Band, contact the Enrollment Coordinator at (269) 462-4238 or (269) 782-1763. Submit the completed enrollment application and original certified birth certificate, among other paperwork, to begin the process of enrollment. The Enrollment Committee meets the second Monday of each month, during which they will review the file to determine if all requirements are met. If the child’s completed file has been accepted, the file is presented to Tribal Council for final approval at their next monthly meeting.

If the file needs further documentation, a letter will be sent to the applicant listing what is still needed to complete the file. Once the office receives the requested documentation, it will then be presented to the Enrollment Committee for another review at their next scheduled meeting.

Health Services

If you’ll be using Pokagon Health Services for your infant’s health care, call (269) 782-4141 or (888) 440-1234 to establish her or him as a patient at the Clinic.

Minors Trust

The tribe’s Revenue Allocation Plan provides for monthly per capita payments, which, for any Pokagon Band citizen under the age of 18, these payments are paid to and held in trust for the child’s benefit.  Any Pokagon Band citizen between the ages of 18 and 21 may receive a monthly per capita payment directly, provided the child has a high school diploma or GED.  If s/he does not have a diploma or GED, the monthly per capita payments will continue to be paid to and held in trust. The funds held in trust for the child are distributed to the child according to the following schedule:  (a) at age twenty-one, twenty-five percent of the then principal; (b) at age twenty-two, thirty-three percent of the then principal; (c) at age twenty-three, fifty percent of the then principal; and (d)at age twenty-four, the balance of the trust.

You child’s trust is invested conservatively in a pooled investment account, currently by Fifth Third Bank. Providence First Trust Company is the trustee of the trust, and tracks the balance of your child’s trust, prepares and sends quarterly statements, and oversees all distributions from your child’s trust.

Child Care

The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) aims to preserve the family unit and to promote its economic independence and self-sufficiency with safe, affordable, accessible, quality child care for qualified Pokagon Band families. The Social Services Department may provide payment for child care services for qualifying families when the parent(s)/guardian(s) is employed, training for employment, in school and/or because of a health/social condition for which treatment is being received and care is provided by an eligible provider. 

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Parents and those turning 18 (services for citizens age 18 and over)

For Pokagons over the age of 18, this section will fill you in on some of the benefits and responsibilities of adult Pokagon Band citizens.

Registering to Vote

You must be an enrolled Pokagon citizen and be at least 18 years of age on the second Saturday in July (Election Day) to be eligible to vote. Eligible voters must have registered to vote before 4:30 p.m. thirty days prior to Election Day to be able to vote in the General Election. Contact the Election Office at (269) 782-1763 with any questions. Often certain election outcomes are based on the number of eligible voters in the tribe, rather than registered voters or votes cast. So registering to vote, and voting, is critical.

Scholarships

Be sure to check out the Higher Education Assistance Program (HEAP) for additional financial aid for higher education at accredited institutions. To apply for the Higher Education Assistance Program, you will need to submit the completed Higher Education Assistance Application and all forms as attachments to DOE.HEAP@PokagonBand-nsn.gov.

HEAP can offer tuition and fee and book stipend assistance to eligible students. Please check out the HEAP webpage for details.

Talent Database and Careers

In order to be considered for jobs with the Pokagon Band government, add your resume to the Talent Database. Also be sure to check out opportunities at the Pokagon Band’s enterprises: Four Winds and Mno-Bmadsen.

Pathways

The tribe offers the Pathways Program through our non-gaming investment arm, Mon-Bmadsen. The mission of the Pathways Program is to provide our citizens with a means of access to tribal resources and tools that help them earn gainful employment within the Mno-Bmadsen family of companies, its partners and network. The Pathways Program provides resources and opportunities for all tribal citizens entering or re-entering the workforce at any age. 

Health Services

If you’ll be using Pokagon Health Services for your health care, call (269) 782-4141 or (888) 440-1234 to become established as a patient at our clinic as well as optical, behavioral health, dental, wellness, and pharmacy services.

Per Capita Payments

Now that you’ve turned 18 (and once you’ve earned your high school diploma or GED), you are eligible to receive a monthly per capita payment directly each month, instead of having the payment placed in your Minor’s Trust. Please submit a copy of your diploma or GED to the Enrollment Office, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047 by the per capita changes deadline to start your per capita. Please make sure your address is current. There is a mandatory direct deposit system for per capita payments. You can find the forms you'll need here.

Per capita payments are subject to federal and state taxes. It’s highly recommended to fill out the tax withholding form and submit it to the Finance Department at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047. The Band only withholds federal taxes after receiving a completed form. State taxes are your responsibility.

Michigan Tax Exemptions

All citizens ages 14 and older who live in the Agreement Area will automatically be added to the active RTM list at the State of Michigan by the Pokagon Band Finance Department. A pre-application is no longer required. To remain on the list of Active RTMs, it is critical that the RTM maintain a current physical address on file with the Pokagon Band Enrollment Department. View more info here, or call (269) 782-8998 for more information.

Senior Youth Council

For citizens aged 18-24, the Senior Youth Council is a great way to get and stay involved with your tribe. The Council offers opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and networking. Call (269) 462-4296 or click here for more information

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Elders (services for citizens age 55 and over)

This area of the website is especially for Elders, designed to fill you in on some of the benefits and responsibilities of Elder Pokagons.

 

Elders Council

Elders elect an Elders Council to share wisdom and coordinate activities that help the community. Elders Council holds business and social luncheons on the first and third Thursdays of the month, respectively. In addition, they often plan such activities throughout the year as trips or parties. To become a candidate for Elders Council or vote in an election, you must be registered to vote. If you’re not, contact the Election Clerk at (269) 462-4236 or (888) 782-9475 or click here for more details and forms to register.

Elders Snow Removal Reimbursment

This program reimburses Pokagon elders anywhere in the U.S. for residential snow removal services. You are responsible for finding your own service provider. This program does not cover shoveling or snowblowing or elders living at the Pokégnek Édawat village or complexes where this service is already provided for you. This is for residences, not businesses. Call Elders Hall at (800) 859-2717 or (269) 782-0765 with questions. Complete the application and send it to the Elders Council at P.O. Box 180 Dowagiac, MI 49047.

Kekyajek Odanek Elders Village

Kekyajek Odanek, as the name states, is a Pokagon Elders Village located on Dailey Road in Dowagiac, Michigan. The village provides housing for income-eligible Pokagon Band Elders. It is managed and maintained by the Department of Housing and Facilities. For more information please contact the office at (269) 783-0443 or (877) 983-0385 or click here for more information

Health Services

If you’ll be using Pokagon Health Services for your health care, call (269) 782-4141 or (888) 440-1234 to become established as a patient at the Clinic.

Medicare Part B

If you receive disability benefits through Social Security, the tribe will reimburse you for your Medicare Part B payment. To register for that, you can find the form here or by calling (269) 782-0765. Once you’ve filled out the form, please return it to the Enrollment Office, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047, (269) 782-1964 FAX.

Elders Lunches

The daily meal program for Elders provides hot and nutritious lunches for free Monday through Friday at Elders Hall in Dowagiac. Please remember to notify staff one day prior to give ample notice for food preparation by calling (269) 782-0765.

Per capita Payments

Now that you’ve turned 55, your monthly per capita payment includes the Elders stipend. To register for that, you can find the form here or by calling (269) 782-0765. Once you’ve filled out the form, please return it to the Enrollment Office, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047, (269) 782-1964 FAX. There is a mandatory direct deposit system for per capita payments; please contact (800) 517-0777 or click here for that form.

Elders Stipend increments

Elders Stipends increase each five years by $250 starting at age 65. All elders over 65 receiving the stipend will notice an increase in their amount every five years until the amount caps at $1,750 for those aged 85 and above. Here are the increments:

Age

Monthly Elders Stipend Amount

55 – 59

$500

60 – 64

$500

65 – 69

$750

70 – 74

$1,000

75 – 79

$1,250

80 – 84

$1,500

85 and older

$1,750

Don't forget the per capita payments and elders stipend is taxable income; federal tax withholding forms are available from the Finance Department. The Band only withholds federal taxes after receiving a completed form. State taxes are your responsibility. Please call (800) 517-0777 or click here for that form.

Elders receiving Supplemental Assistance Benefits will also receive this increase; they'll get the additional $250 but their supplemental assistance will not decrease. Supplemental Assistance Benefits are not taxable.

Elders are eligible to opt in or out of the stipend program during the month they turn 55 years old. Contact the Social Services Department at (269) 782-8998 for help understanding how this increase could impact your particular situation.

Michigan Indian Elders Association, MIEA

The Pokagon Band is a member of Michigan Indian Elders Association. Three times a year, in April, July and October, MIEA hosts conferences for member tribes' representatives. To be considered for attending a MIEA conference, you must attend four Elders Council business meetings per year. To get more information on attending a MIEA conference, please call Elders Hall at (269) 782-0765 or visit www.michiganindianelders.org.

Michigan Tax Exemptions

All citizens ages 14 and older who live in the Agreement Area will automatically be added to the active RTM list at the State of Michigan by the Pokagon Band Finance Department. A pre-application is no longer required. To remain on the list of Active RTMs, it is critical that the RTM maintain a current physical address on file with the Pokagon Band Enrollment Department. View more info here, or call (269) 462-4210 for more information.

Elders Hall
53237 Town Hall Road
PO Box 180
Dowagiac, MI 49047

(800) 859-2717 | (269) 782-0765
(269) 782-1696 fax

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