Kinomáge Committee

The Kinomáge Committee was recently formed from a merging of the Education Committee and the Library Committee. Committee members are appointed and serve in an advisory capacity. Our committee consists of Tribal Community Members who are passionate and devoted to Education Department programs and offer a wide variety of creative ideas and points of view.

Committee Members:

  • Lorraine Punkin Shananaquet
  • Jodie Palmer
  • Dawn Krauss
  • Sydney Martin
  • R. Todd Williamson
  • Desirae Pyle
  • Jennifer Palmer
  • Elaine Overbeck

Environmental Committee

The Environmental Committee reviews proposed projects and helps guide program development and decision-making regarding environmental and natural resource areas. The Environmental Committee works in collaboration with the Environmental Department to provide general direction while ensuring that the Tribal Council is kept informed.

Committee Members: 

  • Junsun Bush
  • Jeff Martin 
  • Scott Sprague
  • Gena Sprague
  • Ryan Sprague

Housing Committee

The purpose of the Housing Committee is to ensure proper oversight and the effective administration of housing program assistance being provided to tribal families through the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish-Band of Pottawatomi Indians Housing Department in furtherance of the Mission of the Committee.

Committee Members: 

  • Coleen Nessner, Chairperson
  • Jodie Palmer, Alternate Chairperson
  • Daniel Cornelissen, Committee Member

Language Advisory Committee

The LAC or Language Advisory committee was formed/developed under the Language in the Living Room Grant. The main focus of this committee is to be a voice that will assist in evaluation and recommendations concerning the Language in the Living Room Program. This includes assisting with policies and procedures for the program.

Committee Members: 

  • Bob Peters
  • Punkin Shananaquet
  • Cassandra Bush
  • Mary Bush

Cultural Advisory Committee

The Cultural Advisory Committee meets monthly to advise the Language & Culture Department on the goals and activities of the Gun Lake Tribe in accordance with the Gun Lake Tribe's Mission Statement - We, the members of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, will maintain our elders’ vision, integrity, spirituality, culture, and economic self-sufficiency by protecting our sovereignty, treaty rights, traditions, land and natural resources for our future generations.

Committee Members: 

  • Conrad Church
  • Frank Sprague
  • Cassandra Bush
  • Frances Church-Pratt
  • Jennifer Palmer
  • Collin Church

Pow Wow Committee

The Pow Wow committee meets monthly at the minimum and more frequently as the Round Dance and Pow Wow get closer. This committee assists with the planning, organization and facilitation of the Annual Round Dance and Pow Wow - two of the largest annual events hosted by the Gun Lake Tribe. 

Committee Members: 

  • Punkin Shananaquet
  • Tomie Williamson
  • Bob Peters
  • Jeff Martin
  • Junsun Bush

Enrollment Committee 

Committee Members 

  • Amanda Sprague
  • Amanda Wilson 
  • Kara Wilson

Public Safety Committee

The Tribe has enlisted the assistance of a Public Safety Committee to assist the Department of Public Safety in the delivery of police services. The Public Safety Committee was first formed to establish the department, which started in 2011, and now acts as an advisory committee to the department. The committee meets throughout the year and consists of a least one tribal council member and numerous tribal citizens.


Ogitch-E-Daa Society of the Pottawatomi Nations

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Ogitch-E-Daa Society of the Pottawatomi Nations is the continuations of the pre-Native American traditions to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices warriors have made and continue to make, to preserve and protect the unity of our nation. We are grateful to our creator for the blessings of Freedom.