National Indian Gaming Association's Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. joined the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in celebrating the grand opening of its new Pokagon Health Center November 21, 2014 in Dowagiac, MI. The new health center represents the Pokagon Band's commitment to provide high quality health care and increased wellness to its citizens and others. The center will serve Pokagon Band citizens and all Native Americans alike.
The 35,000 square-foot building is complete with a medical clinic, dental suite, pharmacy, traditional healing area and behavioral health services. Environmentally friendly and energy efficient, the new health center also incorporates colors and materials of the Pokagon Band culture. The years of hard work and dedication to the Pokagon Band's health needs has come to fruition. The ability to offer exceptional healthcare on the reservation has been a priority of the Pokagon Band's council, elders and citizens.
Chairman Steven's tour of the new health center with Pokagon Band youth representatives revealed a doctors area with separate exam rooms, a dental suite with four dental chairs, a physical therapy area with a therapy pool and an extensive behavioral health sciences arm. The Pokagon Band found it important to have a space for counseling those dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues while being culturally sensitive and including Native American spirituality.
Always keeping in mind their 7 Grandfather Teachings; integrity, respect, honesty, wisdom, honor, truth and love; the Pokagon Band vows to provide professional services and address health and wellness issues faced across Indian Country. Enhancing our mind, body and spirit now has a new home on the Pokagon Band reservation.