Community Highlights

The Band’s annual back to school event took place at Rodgers Lake last month, providing dozens of Pokagon families with fun and healthy activities and information. A Healthy Step with Education is a collaboration between Pokagon Health Services and the Departments of Education and Language & Culture and has become a end of summer tradition for the Pokagon community.

Healthy Step was followed by the Minor Mudder.

It was important to allow our youth the opportunity to be the first to use the new space. It was even more important to have the first event reinforce our belief that we can overcome any obstacles in life by continuing to nurture the resiliency and confidence that has made us a proud and honorable nation.  

Construction is complete on phase one of Pokagon Health Services expansion, and the café and Family Activities Center are open for business.

The café is open Monday–Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Come try the delicious paninis, soups, and sandwiches. More food options are coming soon. Come use the FAC during Wellness Center hours, and check out their webpage for planned activities.

The Zero Suicide initiative, which works to spread awareness of suicide risk, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance use, and to increase life-saving interventions, has had a fruitful first year serving the southeastern Michigan region and beyond in their suicide prevention efforts within the American Indian Health and Family (AIHFS). 

“The Hope and Wellness screens have been useful in identifying individuals with unmet emotional or mental health needs who may not have spoken up otherwise,” said Michael Carroll, behavioral health specialist at AIHFS. 

Kë Gbéshmen, the Pokagon Band’s summer camp, hosted four sessions this June and July, each tailored for a specific age range of campers. Two of the sessions were day camps, and the other two were overnight camps. Two hundred and nineteen youth ages 5–18 attended. Kë Gbéshmen 2019 focused on language and culture and integrated with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). Older Campers enjoyed the addition of a water trampoline and archery to this year’s camp.