David Sprague (D.K.) has served in the capacity of Tribal Chairman
since the Tribe began the federal acknowledgment process in 1992. His leadership was
instrumental in achieving federal acknowledgment. David has been active in the Native
American community for many years and is looked upon with admiration and respect. He is
a veteran of the US Army and served six years of active duty and one tour in Vietnam.
Our chairman has volunteered his services to the American Red Cross to assist in thirteen
disasters worldwide. Chairman Sprague represents the Bradley voting district.
Ed Pigeon is currently serving
as Vice-Chairman and has been on the Tribal Council since 1999. Ed is a member of the
Pigeon Family, Heritage award winners known for their Black Ash Basketry. Ed has over 10
years of involvement in cultural presentations and teaching activities throughout Michigan.
Ed is currently employed as the Gun Lake Language and Cultural Coordinator, and in the
course of his job provides language instruction through formal classes and in cultural
workshops integrating language components.
Ed has helped shape the direction
and growth of the Tribal Government during his time on Tribal Council. Ed sits on the
Health & Human services, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental, Tax Agreement, Tribal
Roads, Public Safety, and the Development Board for our casino project. Ed is also a board
member for the Kalamazoo Poverty Reduction Initiative. Ed represents the Salem voting
Rebecca (Becky) Baker was elected to the Tribal Council in 2010 to represent
the Bradley District. Becky has resided in the Bradley/Wayland area her entire
life and graduated from Wayland Union High School. She continued her education
by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Baker College. Becky is
employed in the Tribe’s Health Human Services Department.
Becky and her husband Don are the proud parents of three-year-old twins named
Dominik and Haven. The twins already participate in tribal culture through
naming ceremonies, pow-wows, and other tribal events. Becky’s mother is Sharon
(Sprague) Near. Growing up in the Bradley Settlement (Mission) Becky learned
traditional values from her grandparents Fred and Leona Sprague.
Becky is very excited that the Tribe is beginning to return home to the Bradley
Settlement. Her family is very involved in community events which include the
Bradley Indian Cemetery clean-up, tree planting, Michigan Indian Family Olympics,
Pink Shawl Project, and the Allegan County float and parade. Becky also played
for the Tribe’s softball team the last 2 seasons.
While pursuing a college degree Becky dreamed of serving the Tribe to give back
to the tribal community that has given so much to her. Principles that guide
Becky’s service include; achieving self-sufficiency, retaining the culture, and
caring for the elders and youth.
Representing the Bradley District is a privilege that allows Becky to help create
a stable ground for future generations to move the Tribe forward, while building
on the foundations left by the Elders.
Ardis Badger is the Council secretary and has served on the Council
since 1999. Ardis retired from Spectrum Health (formerly Butterworth) after 30 years
as a surgical technologist. She is now employed in the Tribal office as the Enrollment
Clerk. Her knowledge of Tribal history has proved her to be a valuable asset. Ardis
represents the Bradley voting district and graduated from Martin High School.
Tribal Councilwoman, Phyllis Davis, currently resides in the Grand Valley region west
of Standale Michigan. Elected to Tribal Council August 2008 to represent the At-Large
District for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan.
Phyllis is married to Monte Davis Sr and has two sons, Jeffery and Monte Jr. Phyllis is a
very proud and grateful grandmother of three, Tristell, Blade and Gracie and finds the
greatest joy in life are in spending time with her grandkids and family. Phyllis has
worked for the tribe since May 1998 and was instrumental in the program development of
the Tribal Health and Human Services Department. Phyllis has a true desire to see
improvements in access to health care, to elevate the health status of American Indians
and reduce the disparities that American Indians are challenged with daily. As an advocate
for health care Phyllis has taken a proactive approach to addressing these needs, by
promoting collaborations with tribal nations, local, regional and federal agencies to
promote and educate our partners on issues related to American Indian health and human
service gaps and to find solutions that will have the best outcome for our nation. She
currently sits as Co-Chair for the Michigan Tribal Health Directors Association, the
Resource Allocation committee for the Bemidji Area and is an alternate board member for
the National American Indian/Alaskan Native Health Research Advisory Council.
As a council member for the At-large district Phyllis is always available to answer
questions or concerns that our tribal citizens bring to her, either via phone, letter,
email or office visit.