Community Highlights

Talking circles have long facilitated peaceful discussions and community gatherings. The circles have been a place of equality, and now they will serve as a model for the  community as it brings back a tradition from long ago: Native Justice.

The community Native Justice forum is a traditional way to resolve disputes between citizens and discuss issues that may arise within the community that do not involve the Tribal Court.

A group of Pokagon dancers and drummers traveled to Farmington Hills, Michigan in May to give elementary students a chance to learn about and experience Native American culture.

Jaxon Peters is a third grader at Forest Elementary in Farmington Hills, and his class was learning about Native American tribes in Michigan.The teacher asked the students if of them knew any of the tribes, and Jaxon quickly volunteered information about the Pokagon Potawatomi.

Members of the Youth Council recently traveled to Chicago to see Shoni Schimmel, a Native American basketball player, play in a WNBA game. Schimmel was drafted in the first round (the eighth pick overall) and plays for the Atlanta Dream. 

Schimmel was raised on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Mission, Oregon.  During her high school career, she was named a first team All-American by Parade Magazine. 

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) recently announced the inaugural class of its new national youth leadership recognition program, the 25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards, and two Pokagon youth made the cut. Collin Church and Alex Wesaw will be recognized at a ceremony during the UNITY National Conference June 28 - July 3 in Portland, Oregon, with each receiving a hand-made beaded 25 Under 25 medallion.

Project LAUNCH consortium intends to build a strong system of care for Potawatomi children and families throughout Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. This cooperative agreement, which includes Nottawaseppi Huron Band, Pokagon Band and Gun Lake Tribe, received substantial funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide assistance to families with children from birth to age eight.