The citizens of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, historic dwellers of the greater St. Joseph River Valley and a band of the Potawatomi Indian Nation, have maintained an ongoing community and government prior to and throughout European contact, and to the present day. The Band, acting as of 1952 through the Potawatomi Indian Nation, Inc., pursued restoration of federal tribal status, and on September 21, 1994, Public Law 103-323, 108 Stat. 2152, 25 U.S.C. 1300j - 1300j-8, was signed reaffirming the legal and political status of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi as a federally-recognized Indian tribe.
We do, therefore, ordain this Constitution for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in order to organize for our common good, to govern ourselves under our own laws, to maintain and foster our tribal culture, to protect our homeland, to conserve and develop our natural resources, and to establish the framework for governing the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.