Newly elected Tribal Chairman John P. Warren, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
DOWAGIAC, MICHIGAN — Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ citizens elected John P. Warren as the new tribal council chairman in a special election on Saturday, January 25.
The special election was held following the past Chairman Matt Wesaw’s departure to become the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in October, 2013.
John Warren served as a member-at-large on Council from 2006-2011, and has served as Council Treasurer since 2011; he resigned that position before his official swearing-in on Saturday, February 8.
After taking the oath of office, Warren will also assume the position as Chairman and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority Board, which oversees the Band’s casino properties including Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford and Four Winds Dowagiac.
Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Warren has served the Pokagon Band in some capacity for most of his adult life. While on Council prior to federal recognition, he worked with Notre Dame’s Law School to create the first draft application that led to the reaffirmation of the Band’s sovereignty in 1994. As Treasurer, he directed the implementation of quarterly financial reviews, key performance indicators, and financial policies and procedures for the developing Tribal Government.
Culturally, Warren has traveled the United States and Canada educating others about the Pokagon Band and Potawatomi culture. He is a traditional dancer, and a singer and drummer with the Ribbon Town Singers.
He holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Administration from Ivy Tech Community College and is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Indiana National Guard. He and his wife of 37 years currently call Granger, Indiana home, and have three children and nine grandchildren.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is a federally acknowldged tribe, located in Dowagiac, Michigan.