Community Highlights

This sugar bush season began with upgrading and replacing worn-out equipment and acquiring additional tools the Band has never used, to make the process easier, more efficient, and less wasteful.

When the weather warmed enough for the sap to flow, community members gathered for a blessing ceremony. There was drumming and singing in Potawatomi, then everyone thanked the first maple tree with sema.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) completed its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) March 12 for the tribe’s application that 165 acres of its land in South Bend, Indiana be taken into trust. The Band is seeking trust land to develop a tribal village--similar to the one in Dowagiac--to support its citizens in Northern Indiana. This village could include affordable housing, government and administrative offices, a community center, and health services.

by Jennifer Klemm-Dougherty

During the sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference, President Obama announced that members of his Cabinet would visit Indian Country to hear directly from native youth on how to improve the lives and opportunities for the next generation. This year, Obama Administration Cabinet Secretaries will hold listening sessions with native youth across the country.

by Jennifer Klemm-Dougherty

The Pokagon Band’s Behavior Health program will launch a circuit healing program in March. The goal of the program is to establish a better spiritual equilibrium between individuals and their universe. This translates into an improved physical and mental state.

Circuit healing encompasses a form of touch therapy and/or massage, auricular acupuncture, and breath and energy work through motivational interviewing and cognitive reframing counseling.

by Jennifer Klemm-Dougherty

In an effort to learn more about the businesses owned by Mno-Bmadsen, Chairman Warren recently visited Accu-Mold. Accu-Mold is a plastic engineering and tooling company located in Portage, Michigan. They have been in business for more than 40 years, and were acquired by Mno-Bmadsen, the economic development company charted by the Pokagon Band.

“Chairman Warren has a background in machining,” said Larry Gildea, president of Accu-Mold. “He enjoyed seeing the changes, equipment, and the level of technology that we have here.”