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Pokagon Band breaks ground on housing project on Indiana land






Veterans helped the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians celebrate its new homeland in South Bend, Indiana. Photo from Facebook

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is breaking ground on a housing development on its new homeland in Indiana.

A total of 44 units are in the works on the 166-acre parcel in South Bend, WNDU reported. Work is starting on the first six units on Wednesday, the station said.

“Today is a celebration of our homeland,” Chairman John P. Warren said on Tuesday at a press conference announcing the project, the Associated Press reported.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs to approved the application on November 18 and the site was officially placed in trust on Monday, the AP reported. It's the first acquisition of its kind in Indiana.

Eventually, the tribe plans to build a casino on the site but details have not been announced.

Read More on the Story:
Construction starts Wednesday at South Bend 'tribal village' (WNDU 11/29)
Northern Indiana tribe to break ground on tribal village (AP 11/29)
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi announces first restored tribal land in Indiana (WSBT 11/29)
Michiana Tribe Gets Land Trust Approval For South Bend Casino (WBAA 11/29)
Pokagon Band says casino, village project in South Bend will restore its sovereign land (The South Bend Tribune 11/30)

Federal Register Notices:
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana (November 29, 2016)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer for Tribal Village and Casino, City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana (March 12, 2015)
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pokagon Band Tribal Village Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino Project in the City of South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN (August 24, 2012)

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