The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to protect and promote the wise use of the tribal nation's natural resources through comprehensive planning; environmental stewardship; and a shared vision of a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable environment in which the Pokagon Band can thrive and grow.
We want to hear your experiences with plants and climate change
The natural world around us is showing the effects of a warming planet; over the past several decades, the Great Lakes region specifically has seen warmer air and water temperatures, shorter winters, and longer summer seasons.
Tribal lifeways are interwoven with the lands, waters, plants, and wildlife of this region. Many plants are used for traditional foods and medicines and are important to cultural heritage. Tribal citizens have important traditional and community knowledge on local and regional lands, seasons, and cycles, including recent changes in climate and forests.
The Pokagon Department of Natural Resources wants to hear from citizens about their experiences with plants and climate change. Have you noticed medicinal or other plants increasing or reducing in abundance? What about fruiting or blooming plants that have changed over time—maybe they’re producing fewer blooms or fruit, or producing them earlier in the season?
Help DNR better understand changes in Pokagon plants and communities and develop ways to protect these plants and communities, so that future generations can continue to enjoy them.
Take action for our cultural and environmental interests and share your knowledge and experience. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 782-9602.
Recycle your household hazardous waste items
Did you know we're accepting household hazardous waste items year-round? Bring your items to the DNR offices to dispose of them with respect to Mother Earth.
Items Accepted: Aerosols, 2-Cycle Gas Mixes, Algaecides, Adhesives & Cements, Disposable Propane Cylinders (less than 20# tanks), Ammonia, Antifreeze, Ant & Roach Powder, Alcohols, Dry Cleaning Solvent, Batteries (all types), Brake Fluid, Bug Spray, Artist's Paints, Hobby Chemistry Sets, Carpet Cleaners, Car Wax, Fertilizers, Creosote, Hot Tub Chemicals, CFL & LED Bulbs, Degreasers, Fly Strips, Cutting Oil, Lighter Fluid, Chlorine Bleach, Diesel Fuel, Fungicides, Mineral Spirits, Mercury, Drain Cleaners, Engine Cleaners, Garden Dusts & Sprays, Model Paints, Photographic Chemicals, Dyes, Fiberglass Epoxy, Insecticides, Muriatic Acid, Swimming Pool Chlorine, Floor Care & Floor Wax Products, Gas/Diesel Additives, Rat & Rodent Poison, Naphtha Thermostats, Furniture Polish, Gasoline, Round UP, Oil Based Paints, Thermometers, Insect Sprays, Kerosene, Weed Killers, Paint Brush Cleaners, White Gas, Lamp Oils, Metal Polishes, Misc. Chemicals, Polyurethane Coatings, Moth Balls & Flakes, Radiator Flushes, Rust Remover, Oven Cleaners, Rubbing Compounds, Strippers, Scouring Powders, Starting Fluid, Sulfuric Acid, Smoke Detectors, Transmission Fluid, Thinners, Spot & Stain Removers, Varnishes, Spray Dust Cleaners, Wood Preservatives, Upholstery Cleaners, Wood Stain, Hearing Aids, and Eye Glasses.
Items NOT Accepted: Latex paint, major appliances, used motor oil, propane tanks 20# or larger, air conditioners, fire extinguishers, dehumidifiers, ammunition, fireworks or bio-hazards.
The Department of Natural Resources encompasses both Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Conservation.
- Environmental Quality
- Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Quality will develop and implement regulatory programs based on Pokagon Band Constitution and Section 2.04 of the Health, Environmental Protection and Building Codes Act. Much of the regulations and rules are addressed by NREPA and are based on federal environmental statues that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for administering.
Natural Resources & Conservation will conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the Tribal membership. This division functions similar to the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
We want to hear your comments, concerns and suggestions. Share them with us by following the link below!
DNR Suggestion Form
Department of Natural Resources
32142 Edwards St.
Dowagiac, MI 49047
(269) 782-9602 | (800) 517-0777
Awarded the Forestry/Wildlife Cooperator of the Year by the Cass County Conservation District 2015–2016