HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 28Matt Wesaw to Retire from Pokagon Tribal Council and Pokagon Gaming Authority

Today, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon Band”) announced that Chairman Matt Wesaw will retire from his roles as Chairman of the Pokagon Band Tribal Council and President and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority.  He will be succeeded in the interim by Vice Chairman Bob Moody. The Pokagon Band will hold a special election in January, 2014 to elect a new Chairman.

Mr. Wesaw has been selected as the Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights where he was first appointed (as a commission member) in 2004. In 2010, he was elected as its Commission Chair for a term through 2011.

“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 Mr. Wesaw. “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.”

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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