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Pokagon Band chairman takes job with State of Michigan

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The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians need a new Tribal Council Chairman.   The bands current chairman, Matt Wesaw, has accepted a position with the State of Michigan.  He will serve as the Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  Wesaw will be the first Native American to serve in the position.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights complaint investigation as well as outreach efforts and educational programs to promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.

"I feel very privileged and honored to have been selected as Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Having served on the Commission for several years, Civil Rights is an area that I am very passionate about and I'm excited to focus on it in the final phase of my career," said Matt Wesaw in a written statement. "I leave the Pokagon Tribal Council and Gaming Authority in the very capable hands of my colleagues. I feel I have been able to contribute to the continued and long-term success of the Pokagon Band at important times in our history. I also have the utmost confidence in our current and future leaders and would like to thank all Pokagon Citizens for the support that they have provided me over the years."

A special election is set for January 2014 to elect a new chairman.  Until then, the Vice Chairman, Bob Moody, will take on the position's responsibilities.

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