Community Highlights

On Tuesday morning October 7, Officer Eric Shaer and Conservation Officer Kevin Modlin were at their duty stations in Dowagiac—Modlin at the police department, Shaer at the Pokagon clinic—when they heard a dispatch call about a car accident on Peavine and Wilbur Hill Roads near M-51. When they arrived, they found a car crashed into the side of a house and the car’s driver unresponsive in his seat.

Pokagon Band apprentices are completing project after project, on tribal land and in the larger community.

The Apprenticeship Program provides tribal citizens with valuable training and experience in carpentry, during which time they are earning a regular salary for their work. Upon graduation, participants leave with life-long knowledge and skills they can use to obtain jobs.

The Band has built new office space for the Housing and Facilities Department, a vast center for community wellness, and now homes for our native birds.

If you drive through our Dowagiac land, you will see little bird houses sticking out of the ground, thanks to money received by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Pokagon Band citizen and artist Candi Wesaw is showing her artwork in her own exhibit at the Ohio State University at Newark. More than 75 of Wesaw’s pieces are currently in the university’s LeFevre Hall Art Gallery, each portraying the culture of our tribe.

Wesaw’s drawings depict how life was many years ago for our Potawatomi ancestors, but her photographs are also on display in the exhibit that show present day life for Pokagon Band citizens. Wesaw also creates traditional Native crafts that are in the exhibit.

They are all artists, professors or students, and they all traveled across an ocean