Community Highlights

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. 

Fifteen Tribal Police officers helped more than a dozen Pokagon kids with their Christmas shopping recently during this year’s Shop with a Cop, a day where kids from our tribe get to shop for presents for their families and themselves.

The cops, who in most cases attended the event on their days off, and the kids shopped at the Niles Wal-Mart with $200. Afterward they met up at the Community Center with volunteers from Zagbëgon and elders to wrap their gifts and meet Santa Claus. 

For the ninth consecutive year, the Pokagon family marked the autumn season with a community pow wow. Held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, attendees enjoyed dancing, drumming, specials, contests, a traditional meal, and fellowship with other community members.

Citizens may pick up one or more food boxes, depending on their household size, from the Commodities Building, 58620 Sink Rd. Dowagiac, Mich., starting Friday, December 6 and ending Wednesday, December 11.

Call (269) 782-3372 or 1 (888) 281-1111 with any questions.

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After the Tribal Council meeting Saturday, November 9, citizens honored Pokagon veterans with a lunch and recognition ceremony thanking them for their service.