HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 24Matt Wesaw to Retire from Michigan Department of Civil Rights

According to  recent reports, Matt Wesaw will be stepping down from his position with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (“Department”) as Executive Director at the end of October, 2015. Mr. Wesaw, 62, plans to spend more time with his family. He is the first native American to head the Department.

Mr. Wesaw has served as the Department’s Executive Director since October of 2013. He was first appointed (as a commission member) in 2004. In 2010, he was elected as its Commission Chair for a term through 2011.

Notably, on October 18, 2013, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon Band”) announced that Chairman Matt Wesaw had retired from his roles as Chairman of the Pokagon Band Tribal Council and President and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority.

Mr. Wesaw held the position of Pokagon Tribal Council Chairman in 1996, during state-tribal compact negotiations with the state of Michigan and again in 2008 following the opening of Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo. Previously, Mr. Wesaw served 26 years with the Michigan Department of State Police as a Trooper and Detective Sergeant.


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