Community Highlights

The groundhog, or woodchuck, is a mammal that can be found living near humans and in areas where there are human developments. Groundhogs are a rodent, the largest member of the squirrel family.  Groundhogs like grasslands, pasture fields, forest edges, and yard where food is available. If you live in an area where there are food opportunities or fields and water sources, then you may encounter a groundhog.

Thanks to resourcefulness, dedication, and persistence, the Sink Road Bridge replacement project won the 2019 Graham Woodhouse Intergovernmental Effort award from the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission in December. The award is presented annually for projects that exemplify cooperation between and among governments, non-profits, and private entities. It was established to recognize and reward the partners who execute complex, regional problem solving that optimizes the use of limited resources. The partners involved were deemed deserving.

The Language & Culture Department hosted a Community Karaoke Night on a Friday evening in December, then the Round Dance the following night, making for one packed weekend of community togetherness.

Pokagon teens and young adults on Youth Council have been staying busy with their many activities lately. Whether it is adopting a highway, helping with the elders dance, hosting karaoke nights, or assisting with trick or treat in Édawat, the youth are engaging with their community and culture. 

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.