John P. Warren was sworn in over the weekend as the new Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Council Chairman following a special election on January 25.
The special election came following the retirement of the past chairman in October 2013.
On February 8, the newly elected chairman took the oath of office and assumes the position as chairman and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority Board, which oversees the Band’s casino properties including Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford and Four Winds Dowagiac.
Warren served as a member-at-large on Council from 2006-2011, and as Council Treasurer since 2011 – a position he resigned from prior to the official swearing in ceremony.
Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, the new chairman has served in a variety of capacities with the Pokagon Band through most his adult life. While on Council prior to federal recognition, he worked with Notre Dame's Law School to create the first draft application that led to the reaffirmation of the Band’s sovereignty in 1994. As Treasurer, he directed the implementation of quarterly financial reviews, key performance indicators, and financial policies and procedures for the developing Tribal Government.
Culturally, Warren has traveled the U.S. and Canada educating others about the Pokagon Band and Potawatomi culture. He is a traditional dancer, and a singer and drummer with the Ribbon Town Singers.
He holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Administration from Ivy Tech Community College and is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Indiana National Guard. He and his wife of 37 years currently call Granger, Ind. home, and have three children and nine grandchildren.