The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has elected a familiar face as Tribal Council chairman. Matthew Wesaw was again elected to lead the council. He previously held the position in 2008 and again in 2012.
He succeeds John Warren, who took over in a special election and completed the remainder of Wesaw’s previous term. The band is based in Dowagiac, Michigan, but has a presence in northern Indiana.
Wesaw will also serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pokagon Gaming Authority Board, which directs their casino properties, including Four Winds South Bend, Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Dowagiac and Four Winds Hartford. Wesaw left the Council in 2012 after two terms, serving as Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Members also elected Secretary Kelly Curran, Elders Representative Colin Wesaw and Gary Morseau Jr. as Member-at-Large. The Tribal Council consists of 11 other members, who were not up for re-election.
More information on the Band, and their casino properties, can be found here.