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Kowabdanawa odë kė (They watch over this land)

Kowabdanawa odë kė's mission is to protect and promote the wise use of the tribal nation's natural resources through comprehensive planning; environmental stewardship; and a shared vision of a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable environment in which the Pokagon Band can thrive and grow.

Recycle your household hazardous waste items at Kowabdanawa odë kė!

Did you know we're accepting household hazardous waste items year-round? Bring your items to Kowabdanawa odë kė to dispose of them with respect to Mother Earth. Click here for a list of items accepted and those we do not accept.

Kowabdanawa odë kė encompasses Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, Conservation, and Agriculture.

  1. Environmental Quality
  2. Natural Resources & Conservation
  3. Agriculture

Environmental Quality will develop and implement regulatory programs based on the Pokagon Band Constitution and Section 2.04 of the Health, Environmental Protection, and Building Codes Act. Much of the regulations and rules are addressed by NREPA and are based on federal environmental statutes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for administering.

Natural Resources & Conservation will conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the Tribal membership. This division functions similarly to the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Agriculture will strive to promote access to healthy foods, food sustainability, and food sovereignty for tribal citizens through enhancing tribal properties for native wild foods and through creating accessible gardens and collaborations with producers. Additionally, collaborations and education will provide tribal citizens with opportunities to learn to grow, preserve, and store food, so that living in or near food deserts does not prevent healthy living.

Do you have ideas you want to share with us about natural resources, environmental quality, agriculture, or hunting, fishing, and gathering? We want to hear your comments, concerns, and suggestions. Share them with us by following the link below!
Kowabdanawa odë kė Suggestion Form

Kowabdanawa odë kė Staff

Jennifer Kanine, Director

Vic Bogosian, Natural Resources Manager

Mindy Morseau, Administrative Assistant

Grant Poole, Water Quality Specialist

Justin Palthe, Environmental Specialist

David Ferris, Invasive Species Specialist

Dale Keene, Natural Resources Technician

Richard Roach, Natural Resources Technician

Anthony Nelson, Natural Resources Research Technician

Victoria Toney, Agricultural Specialist

Kowabdanawa odë kė

Contact Information

32142 Edwards St.
Dowagiac, MI 49047


Email: PokagonDNR@PokagonBand-nsn.gov.