HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 32Pokagon Tribal Chairman and Gaming Authority CEO John Warren Receives an NAFOA Lifetime Achievement Award

Over the past 10 years, the NAFOA Board of Directors has selected and recognized strong Native American leaders who have brought about positive economic change for both their communities and Indian Country throughout the course of their careers.

NAFOA’s 10th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

NAFOA recognized John Warren with the NAFOA Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to his tribe’s sovereignty, governance, and economic growth. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Warren has served the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in some capacity for most of his adult life. While on the Tribal Council prior to federal recognition in the 1980s, he served as vice-chairman and worked with Notre Dame Law School to create the first draft application that led to the reaffirmation of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s sovereignty in 1994.

As treasurer, he directed the implementation of quarterly financial reviews, key performance indicators, and financial policies and procedures for the developing tribal government. In 2014 the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, appointed Warren to chair the state’s Native American Indian Affairs Commission. Culturally, Warren has traveled the United States and Canada educating others about the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi culture. He was a cultural coordinator with the tribe’s Education Department and is a traditional dancer, singer, and drummer with the Ribbon Town Singers. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College and is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Indiana National Guard. He and his wife of more than 40 years call Granger, Indiana home, and have three children and ten grandchildren.

Warren is currently serving as the Tribal Council Chairman and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority Board, overseeing Four Winds Casino Resort with locations in Hartford, Dowagiac, New Buffalo in Michigan and an additional location in South Bend, Indiana.

NAFOA commends John P. Warren for his years of dedication and commitment to advocating on behalf of his community and Indian Country by honoring him with a NAFOA Lifetime Achievement Award. He is recognized for having paved the way for a brighter economic future for Native American people.

The Native American Finance Officers Association is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen tribal economies by: promoting excellence in financial management, advocating sound economic and fiscal policy, developing innovative education initiatives, and providing essential information, resources, and support to meet the challenges of economic growth and change. NAFOA will be holding its 36th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA on April 23- 24, 2018.

For more information about the organization, visit www.nafoa.org.


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