Community Highlights

The Pokagon Band Tribal Police recognized the promotion of two officers. They promoted Sergeant Matthew Walls, stationed in South Bend, to Detective Sergeant, and they promoted Brian Matthews from road patrol to night shift sergeant.

Four Winds employees made a $20,000 donation to the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The check was presented to the organization October 10.  

After months of collaboration between our tribe’s Language Program and Mango Languages, a language-training company, the first chapter of our Potawatomi Language Course has launched. This is the first of ten chapters planned for phase one of the course.

Native Americans are more likely to be overweight and develop diabetes than other ethnic groups. After reviewing Pokagon Health Services data, health practitioner Shanta Clark recognized that seventy percent of adult PHS patients were overweight. Many of them suffered from chronic conditions as a result of being overweight. 

Four proposals to amend the Pokagon Constitution and one to amend the Gaming Revenue Allocation Plan (RAP) will be on the ballot in a special election on November 16. Proposal 1 would amend the Constitution to allow leases or other encumbrances of tribal land for up to 75 years without prior approval in a referendum. The Constitution currently allows a lease of up to 25 years without prior approval in a referendum.