HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 35CHANGES TO GUN LAKE TRIBE TRIBAL COUNCIL

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) announced changes to the elected governing body of the Tribe. Ed Pigeon, who has served as Vice Chairman for the past 12 years and was first elected as a council member 21 years ago, will be leaving the Tribal Council. Ben Brenner, who has served as Senior Director of Operations for the last three years, will join the Tribal Council in Mr. Pigeon’s place. Phyllis Davis, Jeff Martin, and Jodie Palmer are all incumbent Tribal Council members who recently won four-year terms. Ms. Palmer was chosen by the Tribal Council to serve as the new Vice Chairperson.

“I want to recognize and thank Ed Pigeon for his many years of service and dedication to the Tribe,” said Chairman Bob Peters. “I welcome Ben and congratulate him, Jeff, Phyllis and Jodie for winning terms on the Tribal Council. We are excited to embark on a new era of leadership that will take our Tribe to new heights.”

Mr. Pigeon was involved in many developments during his 21 years on the Tribal Council, including gaming, land acquisition, cultural and language programs, and environmental stewardship efforts.

Mr. Brenner is a community leader currently serving on the Hopkins School Board of Education. He has a degree from Ferris State University and is currently pursuing a law degree at Western Michigan University.

Ms. Davis, Mr. Martin, and Ms. Palmer join Chairman Peters, Nicole Overbeck, and Tomie Williamson as council members. Together, they have overseen many recent achievements, including the conclusion of the casino management contract, successfully defending the casino in a federal lawsuit before the United States Supreme Court, and an expansion of the casino scheduled to open next year.

A swearing in ceremony was held on September 10 where the new Tribal Council members took an oath of office. The tribal election was held on August 25. Ms. Davis and Ms. Palmer are representatives of the At-Large District, while Mr. Brenner and Mr. Martin are representatives of the Salem District. Each member was elected to a four-year term.


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