U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
DOWAGIAC, Michigan (June 27, 2018) – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce a check of $2,298,779 was presented to members of the Tribal Council this morning by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. The funding award was announced as part of HUD’s National Homeownership Month and the Pokagon Band’s Home Ownership Workshop and Celebration.
“Responsible homeownership is a cornerstone of the American Dream,” Galvan said. “It provides families with safety and security and can serve as a wealth creation tool for the middle class while growing our economy and helping our communities prosper. We are very proud of all the Pokagon Band does to support its members in these endeavors and know they will put the new Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) award to great use.”
“We are grateful to receive this grant of over $2 million,” said Pokagon Band Tribal Chairman John P. Warren. “This money will help us meet increasing demand for good, safe, affordable housing and community development for our citizens. We thank Administrator Galvan for coming here today to deliver this wonderful news.”
The funding is part of the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBC), an approach to housing for Native Americans enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Eligible IHBG recipients are federally recognized Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entity, and a limited number of state recognized tribes who were funded under the Indian Housing Program authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937.
This morning’s Workshop and Celebration took place at the Community Center of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Administrator Galvan’s keynote was part of a day-long workshop for Pokagon Band citizens interested in buying a home. In addition to remarks by Galvan, other representatives presented various programs for home ownership. A home buyer celebration recognized tribal citizens who have previously taken part in the program.
Chairman Warren also announced 10 additional homes to be built on tribal land in Dowagiac.
About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,600 citizens. The Pokagon Band’s ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011, Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013 and Four Winds South Bend in January 2018.
It owns and operates a variety of businesses via Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe’s non-gaming investment enterprise. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov, www.fourwindscasino.com and www.mno-bmadsen.com.