Natural Resources

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.

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: Computers, laptops, monitors, printers/scanners, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, gaming systems, cell phones, video equipment, keyboards, mice, pagers, cameras.

Items NOT Accepted: Appliances, typewriters, auto stereo systems, non-cellular phones, salon equipment, TVs.

The Department of Natural Resources functions with several inter-related divisions.

  1. Environmental Quality Division
  2. Natural Resources & Conservation Division

Enviornmental Quality Division 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 Division 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 Foerestry/Wildlife Cooperator of the Year by the Cass County Conservation District 2015–2016