Tribal Council

We are an 11-member Tribal Council, which is elected to staggered, three-year terms by Band citizens, that governs the Pokagon Band. Within the Tribal Council, the executive officers include a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

All Tribal Council agendas will now appear below, instead of on separate pages. Agendas will disappear after the corresponding meeting concludes. Minutes from each meeting will be posted on the Meeting Minutes page upon approval.

Meeting Type Date Time Public Location Agenda
Special Session
10:00 am
Open TEAMS 586-250-2691 Conference ID: 239 233 051# Agenda

  • *Matt Wesaw Chairman

  • *Andrew Bennett, Vice Chair

  • *Kelly Curran Secretary

  • *John Morseau Treasurer

  • Alex Wesaw Member-at-Large

  • Anita Morales Member-at-Large

  • Brandon Rapp Member-at-Large

  • Mark Parrish Member-at-Large

  • Gary Morseau Member-at-Large

  • Steve Winchester Member-at-Large

  • Colin Wesaw Elders Representative

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

The Congress shall have power to . . . regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes . . .

Article I, Section 8, United States Constitution
The sovereign governmental status of Indian tribes was recognized by foreign nations and the colonies prior to the formation of the Unites States and confirmed in the U.S. Constitution. Like state governments and foreign governments, Indian tribes have the inherent sovereign power to govern their people and their lands. Treaties between the United States and Indian tribes represent solemn commitments between governments. Through these treaties, Indian tribes transferred legal rights to millions of acres of tribal lands throughout the United States in exchange for guarantees that the federal government would protect the tribes' right to govern their own people, their homelands and preserve their ancient ways of life. Numerous decisions dating back to the earliest days of the U.S. Supreme Court consistently affirm the rule of law that Indian tribes retain their governmental status and powers unless expressly limited by treaty or by federal law.

Melissa Rodriguez Executive Secretary

Sarah Gideon Administrative Assistant

Jessica Swisher Administrative Assistant