DOWAGIAC, Mich. -

Matt Wesaw, tribal chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, is now the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, according to WSJM Radio in St. Joseph.

Wesaw was chosen earlier this week by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He served on the commission for eight years and had been appointed to the body by three different governors, WSJM Radio in St. Joseph reported, adding that the vote to hire the southwest Michigan Native American leader was unanimous.

According to the Tribune's archives, Wesaw spent 26 years with the Michigan State Police and was vice president of the Michigan State Police Troopers Association when he retired. He gained a seat on the Pokagon Tribal Council in 1995 and filled out the remainder of Joe Winchester’s term as chairman when Winchester resigned.

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