The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' latest milestone on its "mission to assist Elders, youth, and families with housing, community and self-sufficiency for a better quality of life" is the Pokégnek Édawat Hartford, the tribe's new Tribal Village, located roughly one mile east of its casino resort Four Winds Hartford in Hartford, Michigan, said tribal Chairman John P. Warren.
The first phase of construction of the property off Red Arrow Highway was slated for completion by spring 2016. Now finalized, the tribe announced today, it includes eight homes consisting of townhomes and two duplexes. Two additional phases of construction are planned at Pokégnek Édawat Hartford to add more homes, a community center and a park. Half of the homes will be designated for tribal dlders.
"We have 39 families on the waiting list for homes in Hartford, so the demand is high. We look forward to completing the additional phases to serve our families in need," Warren said.
Some of units will feature handicap accessible designs that include roll in shower units, lowered counters, sinks, and cook tops. They also feature under-the-counter microwaves, four foot wide doorways, more electrical outlets in the master suite for charging medical equipment, and larger garages for special vehicles.
The homes in Pokégnek Édawat Hartford are managed by the Pokagon Housing and Facilities Department. It offers Pokagon Citizens assistance with home ownership, loans, lease-to-own opportunities, and rental and homeless prevention programs.
The 5,000-member Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' reservation covers ten county service areas including four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Michigan, with a satellite office in South Bend, Indiana. In 2007, the tribe opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan, followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013.
The Pokagon Band also has 66 homes, a community center, and health center in Pokégnek Édawat Dowagiac. Both Tribal Villages are examples of what a potential Pokagon development in South Bend, Indiana could look like.