Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce the election of its new Tribal Council Members who were sworn in during a ceremony on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Gary Morseau Sr. was elected as Vice Chair, Alex Wesaw was elected Treasurer, and Rhonda Keene and Mark Parrish were elected to Member At Large positions.
The Pokagon Tribal Council governs the sovereign government of the Pokagon Band and contains 11 members who are elected to staggered, three-year terms by Pokagon Citizens. Any adult Pokagon Citizen can run for Tribal Council. Within the Tribal Council, the executive officers include positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Pokagon Tribal Council Members also serve on the Pokagon Gaming Authority, which oversees the Pokagon Band’s Four Winds Casinos.
“I’m looking forward to a productive year with those new to Council and those continuing to fulfill their terms,” commented Chairwoman Rebecca Richards. “I would personally like to thank our outgoing Vice Chair, Andrew Bennett, and outgoing Member At Large, Anita Morales for their service to our Tribal Council and our Nation.”
Other members of the 11-member Tribal Council continuing in their terms include Chairwoman Rebecca Richards; Secretary, Sam Morseau; Member At Large, Mark Topash; Member At Large, Brandon Rapp; Member At Large, Steve Winchester; and Elders Representative, Barbara Ann Warren.
About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan and Indiana
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its more than 6,000 citizens. The Pokagon Band’s ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011, Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013 and Four Winds South Bend in January 2018. The Pokagon Band operates a variety of businesses via Mno-Bmadsen, its non-gaming investment enterprise. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov, www.fourwindscasino.com and www.mno-bmadsen.com.