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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
From left, new members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Council: Mark Parrish, Member At Large; Rhonda Keene, Member At Large; Alex Wesaw, Treasurer; Gary Morseau Sr., Vice Chair. Photo courtesy Pokagon Band
Pokagon Band brings in new council members
Monday, August 15, 2022

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is welcoming new members to its council, the tribe’s governing body.

Gary Morseau Sr. is the new Vice Chair of the council, the tribe announced on Monday. Alex Wesaw is serving as Treasurer.

Also joining the 11-member council are Rhonda Keene and Mark Parrish, both serving in Member At Large positions. A swearing-in ceremony took place over the weekend, on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to a productive year with those new to Council and those continuing to fulfill their terms,” said Chairwoman Rebecca Richards. “I would personally like to thank our outgoing Vice Chair, Andrew Bennett, and outgoing Member At Large, Anita Morales for their service to our Tribal Council and our Nation.”

In addition to Richards as Chair, continuing their service on the council are: Secretary Sam Morseau; Member At Large Mark Topash; Member At Large , Brandon Rapp; Member At Large Steve Winchester; and Elders Representative Barbara Ann Warren.

Tribal elections are staggered. Each official serves a three-year term.

The Pokagon Band’s service area includes four counties in southwestern Michigan and six in northern Indiana. The tribe is the first to acquire Indian trust land in the state of Indiana.