Community Highlights

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) recently announced the inaugural class of its new national youth leadership recognition program, the 25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards, and two Pokagon youth made the cut. Collin Church and Alex Wesaw will be recognized at a ceremony during the UNITY National Conference June 28 - July 3 in Portland, Oregon, with each receiving a hand-made beaded 25 Under 25 medallion.

Project LAUNCH consortium intends to build a strong system of care for Potawatomi children and families throughout Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. This cooperative agreement, which includes Nottawaseppi Huron Band, Pokagon Band and Gun Lake Tribe, received substantial funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide assistance to families with children from birth to age eight.

Raquel Burton has been punching a timecard at the Four Winds Casino Resort since 2008, but her job title has changed with each diploma she’s earned.

She began as an intern in 2008, during the Tribal Development Program (TDP)’s first year. After graduating from Ball State with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, she became the legal affairs administrator.

The Trine State Recreation Area in Angola, Ind. was opened on Thursday, May 15 after a dedication ceremony, which included a greeting from Council Member at Large Steve Winchester and a traditional Potawatomi blessing from Pokagon elder and veteran Roger Williams.

Pokagon veteran Gayle “Rusty" Green and the Angola American Legion, Post 31, presented the colors, Green with the Pokagon Band flag.

Nine leaders from Michigan’s tribal nations gathered to discuss issues important to the state and the native governments with Governor Rick Snyder on Monday, May 12 in Mt. Pleasant. Tribal Council member Steve Winchester represented the Pokagon Band.