Community Highlights

Chi-Ishobak has received $1,088,000 from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program to offer products and services to build capacity for Pokagon citizens in the areas of professional and personal finance.

Sean Winters, Executive Director of Chi Ishobak, said that the funding is to be used solely for programmatic purposes. 

Fifteen Tribal Police officers helped more than a dozen Pokagon kids with their Christmas shopping recently during this year’s Shop with a Cop, a day where kids from our tribe get to shop for presents for their families and themselves.

The cops, who in most cases attended the event on their days off, and the kids shopped at the Niles Wal-Mart with $200. Afterward they met up at the Community Center with volunteers from Zagbëgon and elders to wrap their gifts and meet Santa Claus. 

The Pokagon Band has been continuing to support high profile community development efforts in the region lately.

Ten teams competed in this year’s Pidro Card Tournament in December, and teammates Cathy Ford and Wahsnoday Pamp walked away champions for the second year in a row.

Gerald Wesaw and Sam Olds earned second place, and Melissa and Tony Rodriguez placed third. All participants had participated in at least one Pidro Card Night in 2019, a requirement to compete in the tournament, as well as using some Potawatomi language while playing.

A record 226 Pokagon and local community members spent a Saturday at the Dowagiac Middle School for holiday shopping and crafts at the annual Gwikwé’amen Holly Fair & Art Extravaganza.

Families crafted Christmas tree cones, ornaments, reindeer food, and grinch slime. A special machine also allowed attendees to get their photo taken, then turn that photo into a 3D etched cube. Santa even paid a visit.