Veterans

Who we are

The Pokagon Bodewadmik Ogitchedaw veterans organization will maintain its traditional role as the warriors and protectors of the Pokagon community past, present, and future. We shall stand as protectors at the doors of the four directions to ensure that the ways of the Neshnabek people are never lost or forgotten.

We will continue to honor and remember those who have served before, those who are serving today, and will seek to inspire and support future generations to serve in the defence of our country, our native nation, and all freedoms that were intended by our creator for all people to possess.

Those who are on the journey today and those who may travel this path in the future can rest assured that the Pokagon Bodewadmik Ogitchedaw will support them and their families through this challenging and sometimes difficult journey.

We will continue to maintain, and educate the Pokagon community on the history, traditions, and values of the Ogitchedaw warriors.

We will maintain a constant vigil over and be the caretaker of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Community Eagle Staff and display this historical flag of our nation at ceremonies of the tribal community. Furthermore, we will be guardians of the tribal flags and perform honor guard duties at various events and oversee flag protocol at all tribal facilities when requested.

The Pokagon Bodewadmik Ogitchedaw will foster comradery among tribal veterans and will honor all veterans for the values and virtues attributable to their service.

Veteran Emergency Assistance

If you are having temporary financial issues and require assistance with utility bills, vehicle or home repairs, medical bills or other debts, you may coplete and submit an emergency assistance form. Be sure to specify the amount requested, the reason you are applying for assistance and how quickly it is needed. Details can be found on the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency website.

Veterans and service members: Ogitchedaw want to hear from you

Efforts are underway to create a comprehensive and current database of Pokagon veterans and current service members. The Ogitchedaw Board wants to involve more veterans in membership events like movie nights, potlucks, and other activities year-round, not just during the tribe’s pow wows. And the veterans want to correspond with currently-serving members of the military to send care packages and offer support when they return home. Complete this form to be included in the Ogitchedaw Database.

National Native American Veterans Memorial

A national memorial to honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans is long overdue. Congress has determined that the memorial must be designed and constructed without the use of federal funds. With your help, we can honor some of the most dedicated defenders of our nation.

To join the Pokagon Band Ogitchedaw, please download the application below, print and complete it, and mail it to us.