Community Highlights

In August Governor Mike Pence issued a proclamation recognizing September 20, 2014 as Potawatomi Trail of Death Remembrance Day. This act commemorates a sad time in Indiana and national history—the forced removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana to Kansas in 1838 over 660 miles, during which 42 people died. This removal of Native Americans from their lands was well documented by Father Benjamin Petit, artist George Winter, John Tipton, and others. The Potawatomi signed 40 treaties, more than any other tribe.

The Pokagon Behavioral Health Program was recently recertified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is an independent organization focused on advancing the quality of services for patients to achieve the best possible outcomes. 

On Saturday, September 13, 2014 the Pokagon Band Tribal Council passed a resolution, brought forth by Councilwoman Andy Jackson, to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

by Jennifer Klemm-Dougherty

Contract Health Services was recently renamed Purchased/Referred Care. Because the program was often confused with other budget items, Congress asked Indian Health Services (IHS) to propose another name for the program. The name change became official with the passage of the fiscal year 2014 appropriation. 

In addition to a fitness center, therapy pools and other wellness amenities, the new Pokagon Health Center will be equipped with a full dental suite when it opens in November. The new dental suite features four dental chairs, a procedure room and a recovery room. This means Health Services will be able to provide high quality direct dental care to citizens and patients in our tribal health facility on tribal land.