Cultural Highlights

Do you feel financially out of control? Is your spending matching your priorities? Budgeting can help. A budget helps you take control of your finances and determines how your hard-earned money is spent. Budgeting can help you build a personal savings and can help allow you to make financial decisions ahead of time, making it easier to cover all your expenses.

Kë Gbéshmen, the Pokagon Band’s summer camp, celebrated its biggest camp season ever this June and July. Kë Gbéshmen 2018 focused on Language & Culture, integrated with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics). The tribe hosted four approximately week-long sessions, each tailored for a specific age range of campers. Two of the sessions were day camps, and the other two were overnight camps.

Our young men and women canoed down the Manistee River this August 15–17, thanks to our Department of Language and Culture and Tribal Police.

The group, which included 12 youth, Language & Culture staff and officers Kevin Modlin, Jaime Sumners, and Abigail Shanahan, stayed at the Manistee National Forest at Seaton Creek Campground in Mesick, Mich. This was the first year female youth had the opportunity to attend due to Officer Shanahan being able to attend and serve as a chaperone. 

Citizen Steven Girard joined the Healthy Lifestyles Campaign this year to get healthier. He initially just wanted to lose weight, but since starting this journey, his goals and achievements have broadened beyond what he imagined.

Steven welcomed Stacy Young, PHS behavioral health counselor, onto this journey with him, and together they discovered all the ways Steven could achieve his goals and create new ones.

In August, Language Specialist Kyle Malott, Community Resource Officer Abi Shanahan, and Youth Services Coordinator Daniel Stohrer organized a bike trip for Pokagon youth to visit important sites in Pokagon history. Language Specialist Malott served as tour guide because of his vast knowledge of the historic events that occurred in the Niles area. The Pokagon headquarters are now in Dowagiac, however before we came to Dowagiac many villages were in Pawating, which is present day Niles.