Pokagon Band, IUPUI sign cooperation agreement

Indianapolis, Indiana (AP) November 2010

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis has signed a deal with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to develop educational and cultural preservation programs for the Indian group.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and tribal Chairman Matt Wesaw signed the agreement at a ceremony last week.

Indian leaders draped a Pokagon blanket around the chancellor's shoulders, and he presented Pokagon leaders with a photo of a sculpture commissioned by the school's American Indian Programs Office to commemorate the event.

The newly opened office serves as an umbrella organization for Native American Studies, Native American Staff and Faculty Council and Native American Student Alliance.

The Pokagon Band homeland includes six northern Indiana counties and four southwestern Michigan counties.