3/17/2020 - In consideration of new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and requests from both federal and state governments to help prevent the spread and minimize the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our Government Taskforce with approval from Tribal Council, will implement Pandemic Response Mode from our Exposure Plan...
Closure of the Pokagon Tribal Court to the Public
3/13/2020 - 5:00 PM: As a precautionary measure resulting from the Coronavirus, and in keeping with the recent decision to cancel or postpone Pokagon Government events and activities, the Pokagon Tribal Court will be closed until March 31.
Any hearings, trials, conferences, or meetings scheduled to occur during this timeframe, will take place via telephone, video conference, or by other electronic means. Alternatively some activities will be adjourned and rescheduled.
While the Tribal Court building is closed to the public, court staff will continue to work and will be available by telephone and email. If you wish to file documents with the Tribal Court, please contact the court staff in advance to make the necessary arrangements.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.
3/13/2020 - 1:00 PM
Message from Chairman Matthew Wesaw:
As you know, yesterday the Tribal Council adopted the recommendations of the Band's COVID-19 Task Force. Consistent with those recommendations, all of the following are postponed through the end of March 2020:
- The annual meeting,
- All Tribal Council meetings (including the Saturday Tribal Council meeting),
- All community event/activities (including all board, committee, and commission meetings), and
- All Band government travel
- And new information has prompted the Government to close the Tribal Court to the public as well.
The Tribal Council and the Task Force continue to monitor the situation to protect the health and safety of all those in the Band community.
Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Council Chairman
Following a briefing this morning from our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, the Tribal Council has decided to postpone the Saturday Monthly Meeting, the Annual Meeting, and All Community Events and Activities until the end of the month. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide periodic updates as new information becomes available. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work to protect everyone’s health, prevent the spread of the virus, and continue to provide important Pokagon Government services.
The Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and provide a recommendation to Tribal Council on March 31
As you are likely aware, concern regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States has continued to increase. Although various U.S. health professionals and agencies continue to indicate that the risk to the general public remains low, the Pokagon Government is taking necessary precautions to protect our citizens, personnel and prevent the spread of the virus which includes:
- Review and updates to our emergency operations plan
- Monitoring and planning for absenteeism
- Ensuring there are no interruptions to any Pokagon Government programs or services in the near future
- Suspension of all travel unless approved by Tribal Council
- Increased environmental cleanings using sanitizing agents like EnvirOx Critical Care and Clorox 360
- Awareness to take extra precautions with hand washing and sanitization of desktops, computers, phones, etc.
- Prohibiting the use of community dishes and silverware in the office and breakrooms; you are welcome to bring your own cups and dishes from home or use supplied paper products
We are still planning to proceed with the Annual Meeting. We will keep you up-to-date on any future developments.
If you are curious to learn more about the Coronavirus and how to prevent it please visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19.
Chairman Matthew Wesaw