For Pokagons over the age of 18, this section will fill you in on some of the benefits and responsibilities of adult Pokagon Band citizens.
You must be an enrolled Pokagon citizen and be at least 18 years of age on the second Saturday in July (Election Day) to be eligible to vote. Eligible voters must have registered to vote before 4:30 p.m. thirty days prior to Election Day to be able to vote in the General Election. Contact the Election Clerk at (269) 462-4236 or (888) 782-9475 for more details and forms to register. Often certain election outcomes are based on the number of eligible voters in the tribe, rather than registered voters or votes cast. So registering to vote, and voting, is critical.
Be sure to check out the college scholarship program. You must be enrolled in an accredited degree program and keep at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Call (269) 782-0887 or (888) 330-1234 or visit for forms and more details. You’ll need to turn in a copy of your high school diploma or GED.
Student Temporary Housing Assistance Program provides income eligible, full-time (as defined by the school) Pokagon college students with a monthly housing subsidy up to $250.00 for 60 months. To apply for this program, please contact the office at (269) 783-0443 or (877) 983-0385.
This provides opportunities for eligible Pokagon citizens to afford a rental unit with a monthly rental subsidy up to $300 for a maximum of three years. For more information please contact (269) 783-0443 or (877) 983-0385.
Talent Database and Careers
In order to be considered for jobs with the Pokagon Band government, add your resume to the Talent Database. Also be sure to check out opportunities at the Pokagon Band’s enterprises: The Four Winds, 7GenAE and Mno-Bmadsen.
Vocational Education and WIOA
The tribe offers a comprehensive training program for those interested in skilled trades. Check out what is offered for vocational training. For those interested in becoming journeyman carpenters, the Band offers a highly-regarded Carpenter Apprenticeship program.
If you live inside our ten-county service area, are unemployed or underemployed and meet income requirements, you might benefit from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program. Contact the workforce training and resource specialist at the Human Resources Department at (269) 462-4227.
If you’ll be using Pokagon Health Services for your health care, call (269) 782-4141 or (888) 440-1234 to become established as a patient at the Clinic.
Per capita Payments
Now that you’ve turned 18 (and once you’ve earned your high school diploma or GED), you are eligible to receive a monthly per capita payment directly each month, instead of having the payment placed in your Minor’s Trust. Please submit a copy of your diploma or GED to the Enrollment Office, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047, (269) 782-1964 FAX by the fifteenth of the month. Starting the following month, you will receive your per capita distribution. Please make sure your address is current. There is a mandatory direct deposit system for per capita payments; please contact (800) 517-0777 or click here for that form.
Per capita payments are subject to federal and state taxes. It’s highly recommended to fill out the tax withholding form 1099 and submit it to the Finance Department at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047. The Band only withholds federal taxes after receiving a completed form. State taxes are your responsibility. Please call (800) 517-0777 or click here for the form.
Michigan Tax Exemptions
If you live in the tribe’s tax agreement area (as is defined in the State Tax Agreement between the Pokagon Band and the state of Michigan), then you should fill out a Resident Tribal Member application to see if you are eligible to start receiving certain tax exemptions. The application and tax agreement area maps are available here. Call (269) 462-4210 for more information.
Senior Youth Council
For citizens aged 18-24, the Senior Youth Council is a great way to get and stay involved with your tribe. The Council offers opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and networking. Call (269) 462-4296 or click here for more information.