Pokagon Band Honors Notre Dame Law Dean Newton

Pokagons Honor Co-Editor of Cohen’s Handbook

DOWAGIAC, Mich. — March 10, 2014 — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi honored Dean Nell Jessup Newton of the Notre Dame Law School at a dinner Thursday, March 6 for her work in editing Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, a preeminent resource used throughout Indian Country. The dinner was held at the Morris Inn on the campus of Notre Dame.

In the photos:

Pokagon artist Dean Newton dinner

Jason S. Wesaw, a Pokagon artist, describes his work for Dean Newton. His pottery piece shown was commissioned to be gifted to the Dean for her important legal work with Native Americans. Wesaw also began the evening with an honor song for Dean Newton.

Pokagon group shot Dean Newton dinner

The group gathered after the dinner below a photo of the Notre Dame Golden Dome: left to right: Ed Williams (Pokagon Potawatomi), general counsel of the Pokagon Band, Stephen Rambeaux, court administrator of the Pokagon Tribal Court, Matt Martin (Pokagon Potawatomi), VP of security at Four Winds Casino Resort , Judy Winchester (Pokagon Potawatomi),Chairman John Warren of the Pokagon Band, Acting Treasurer Tom Topash of the Pokagon Band, Dean Newton, Michaelina Magnuson-Martin (Pokagon Potawatomi), Andrea Topash-Rios (Pokagon Potawatomi) associate professional specialist at Notre Dame, Paul Shagen (Bay Mills), associate general counsel of the Pokagon Band and adjunct law instructor at Notre Dame, Tim Sexton, associate VP of Public Affairs at Notre Dame, Jason S. Wesaw (Pokagon Potawatomi).

About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994.  The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 4,800 citizens.  The Pokagon Band’s ten county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana.  Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov.

Media Contacts: Paige Risser, (269)462-4283, Paige.Risser@pokagonband-nsn.gov  # # #

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