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    In a joint statement issued Wednesday, the Chairpersons of Tribal Nations in Southwest Michigan, including Matthew Wesaw of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Jamie Stuck of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, and Bob Peters of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, applauded the effort of Superintendent Rick Reo and the decision of the Paw Paw Public Schools’ Board of Education to retire its mascot name and imagery at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
     “Today, as we work to rebuild and reestablish our communities, we are bound together by our history, language, culture and traditions.  Just as importantly, we strive to support and uphold positive healthy learning environments for our youth and inclusive resilient communities for our Tribal Citizens and their neighbors,” said the Chairpersons.  
    “We want to be a part of the healing and consultation process by providing insight to our culture, traditions and values with a solution-based approach.”
    Under the Tribal-State Gaming Compact, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi distributes a percentage of its annual slot machine revenue from its Fire Keepers Casino Hotel to both the State of Michigan and to the Local Revenue Sharing Board (LRSB). The Native American Heritage Fund, established in 2016, serves to provide resources to improve curricula and educational resources related to Michigan Indian history, as well as to fund initiatives that promote mutual respect and cooperation between local communities and Michigan’s federally recognized Tribes. More information can be found at: www.nhbpi.com.

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