Pokagon Band invests $25M for health services expansion

(Photo supplied/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians)

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is investing $25 million to expand health services in southwestern Michigan.

The South Bend Tribune reports the project is expanding the Pokagon Health Services’ Rodgers Lake campus.

Tribal government manager Jason Wesaw says the health service has 2,200 registered members, up from 700 in 2014. Tribal members get health care services at no cost. Wesaw says keeping members healthy is a priority for the tribe of about 6,000.

The health services building will nearly double in size with the addition of a Pokagon Family Center. The facility will host the annual tribal meeting, dances, indoor powwows and other large gatherings.

The money will also be used to construct a new justice center and install a water system for the buildings that sit on the 300-acre reservation.

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