Community Highlights

Raquel Burton has been punching a timecard at the Four Winds Casino Resort since 2008, but her job title has changed with each diploma she’s earned.

She began as an intern in 2008, during the Tribal Development Program (TDP)’s first year. After graduating from Ball State with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, she became the legal affairs administrator.

The Trine State Recreation Area in Angola, Ind. was opened on Thursday, May 15 after a dedication ceremony, which included a greeting from Council Member at Large Steve Winchester and a traditional Potawatomi blessing from Pokagon elder and veteran Roger Williams.

Pokagon veteran Gayle “Rusty" Green and the Angola American Legion, Post 31, presented the colors, Green with the Pokagon Band flag.

Nine leaders from Michigan’s tribal nations gathered to discuss issues important to the state and the native governments with Governor Rick Snyder on Monday, May 12 in Mt. Pleasant. Tribal Council member Steve Winchester represented the Pokagon Band.

Kyle Malott and Carla Collins ventured to Wisconsin a little more than a year ago. Their mission was to learn as much Potawatomi as they could, then return to the Pokagon Band to teach it to others.

They have been learning the language from the final few native Potawatomi speakers, soaking up as many words as possible while the speakers are still able to teach them.

Most of those words are verbs because Potawatomi is made up of 80 percent verbs, compared to English which is almost 80 percent nouns.

Marcus Winchester remembers when he was 16 and he attended a UNITY conference. “It made an impression on me to see that many Indian kids, all there in the same place to figure out how to improve their communities,” he recalled.