Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Chippewa of Michigan


They sometimes disagreed in the past, but now the community and former state Rep. Paul Tesanovich are teaming up. Tesanovich, a Democrat from L'Anse who could not seek re-election last fall because of term limits, has become the tribe's new director of economic and governmental relations. "He has a wealth of experience in economic development, he has a proven track record at the legislative front and he was available," said Jim LaPointe, the tribe's new chief executive officer. Although many of his job responsibilities have yet to be worked out, Tesanovich said he would "work to identify and pursue economic opportunities for the tribe. "In many ways this is a continuation of the things I have done over the years," he said. Tesanovich and the tribe occasionally clashed, most recently over federal deputization of tribal police. The policy allows tribal officers to arrest non-Indians, which Tesanovich opposed when it was announced in early 1999. But tribal spokesman Rich Rossway said hiring the former lawmaker was "a good decision and will be beneficial to the tribe."