On February 4, 2016, the long-serving tribal chairman of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (“Tribe”), D.K. Sprague, announced his retirement as chairman. Sprague has led the Tribe through several major milestones since his first election to the Bradley Settlement Elder’s Council, a predecessor to the current Tribe, in 1992, including the Tribe’s federal re-acknowledgement and the establishment of the Gun Lake Casino. Vice Chairman Ed Pigeon will serve as acting chairman until the Tribe holds a special election to fill Sprague’s seat.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve my community as chairman for the last twenty-four years,” stated Sprague. “I thank my family and the Tribe for supporting me, and God for allowing me to serve at a time when our dreams came to reality. I give recognition to our tribal leaders who came before me, as I merely finished what they started when the Bradley Indian Mission was established in the 1830’s.”

The Tribe plans to hold its special election to fill Sprague’s seat within the next 90-120 days. After the election, the Tribal Council will select a new chairperson.



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