Community Highlights

On Saturday, February 8 Andy Jackson of the Pokagon Band spoke to a crowd of 75 attendees at the Dowagiac Area History Museum at the latest event for One Story | Ngot Yajmowen.

She described traditional medicines Native Americans use and how she is learning to grow, prepare, and administer those medicines to people who are interested in a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals.

By John Eby, reprinted with permission from The Southwester
Every purposeful picture tells a story, recycling and re-energizing symbols.
“We can’t make anything on a whim. It always has to have meaning,” Pokagon Band of Potawatomi cultural specialist Jefferson R. Ballew IV explained January 29 at Southwestern Michigan College.
“We take pride in being able to utilize anything with ingenuity to make it our own,” he said, emphasizing “Injunuity” with air quotes. “Mink and otter from old stoles found at Goodwill.”

The Pokagon Band is working with the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, the Dowagiac Area History Museum, the Dowagiac District Library, and Southwestern Michigan College on a reading project called One Story, or Ngot Yajmowen in Potawatomi.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has officially certified Chi Ishobak as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Chi Ishobak has met all operational and programmatic requirements set forth by the CDFI Fund.

Tribal Council, Tribal Court and the Pokagon Promise committee honored Dean Nell Jessup Newton of the Notre Dame Law School at a dinner March 6 for her work in editing Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, a preeminent resource used throughout Indian Country.

In the photo, Jason S. Wesaw, a Pokagon artist, describes his work for Dean Newton. His pottery piece shown was commissioned to be gifted to the Dean for her important legal work with Native Americans. Wesaw also began the evening with an honor song for Dean Newton.