The Pokagon Band has been continuing to support high profile community development efforts in the region lately.
The Band and its Four Winds Casinos donated thousands of holiday food boxes to those in need for the fifth year. Volunteers from the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos handed out hundreds of boxes November 26 and December 19 at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana in South Bend. Boxes were passed out on a first come, first serve basis to recipients in their vehicles. Holiday food boxes were also provided to local churches and food pantries in Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan, Decatur Human Services in Michigan, and Feeding America in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Each box included a turkey, potatoes, traditional stuffing, a can of corn, a can of cranberries, and a pumpkin roll.
On November 29, the South Bend community welcomed back Howard Park after a two year-long, $18 million renovation, $2.25 million of which was contributed by the Pokagon Band. Tribal Council Gary Morseau spoke at the VIP donor reception and Chairman Matt Wesaw spoke at the outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by thousands of people. The new park features playgrounds for all ages and physical abilities, walking paths, a skating path and pond, a splash pad for warmer weather, and event space.