DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is investing $25 million to increase health services in southwestern Michigan.
The venture is increasing the Pokagon Health Services’ Rodgers Lake campus, the South Bend Tribune reported .
The health service has 2,200 registered members, up from 700 in 2014, mentioned Jason Wesaw, tribal authorities supervisor. Tribal members get health care services for free of charge.
Keeping members wholesome is a precedence for the tribe of about 6,000, Wesaw mentioned.
“The life expectancy of a Pokagon is 60 compared to the national average of 76,” Wesaw mentioned. “Even Native Americans as a whole have a higher life expectancy than us.”
The 35,000-square-foot health services constructing at the moment provides household medical clinic, pharmacy, exercise facility, counseling, and optical and dental care, Wesaw mentioned. There can be conventional therapeutic that entails medicinal crops and herbs.
The facility will practically double in measurement with the addition of a Pokagon Family Center. It will host the annual tribal assembly, dances, indoor powwows and different massive gatherings.
“The big thing for us is expanding our dental,” Wesaw mentioned. “We need to have more chairs to meet the demand.”
Money can even be used to put in a brand new water system for the buildings that sit on the 300-acre reservation, in addition to to assemble a brand new 30,000-square-foot justice middle, which is able to home tribal courtroom and tribal police headquarters.
“We’re combining the two but they’re separate, so there’s a clear distinction between court and law enforcement,” Wesaw mentioned.
About 50 cops from an workplace south of Dowagiac would transfer onto the reservation land, he mentioned.
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