Scott Sprague has been sworn in as chairman of the Tribal Council of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe).
“This is one of the proudest moments of my life not only because I am now the leader of a sovereign nation, but also because it’s a continuation of many generations of my family leading this Tribe,” Sprague said.
“I will work every day to move the Tribe forward, while also maintaining our commitment to being a first-class employer, and a responsible government-to-government partner with our counterparts at the federal, state and local levels.”
Sprague is married and the father of four, with four grandchildren. Born in Battle Creek and raised in Kalamazoo County, he is the son of Dick Sprague, a former council vice chairman.
Gun Lake Casino Facility Director since March 2012, Sprague managed the mechanical systems of the gaming and entertainment facility. He was previously elected to the Tribal Gaming Commission, served as council secretary since 2014, and sits on several tribal committees.//
Sprague has an AS in engineering technology, a BA in business management and MBA with a finance specialty. He spent 30 years as an engineer, senior buyer and project manager in the power industry which included management of multi-million dollar projects for an engineering company.
Two new members, Jeff Martin and Jodie Palmer were also sworn in to the council.
On August 23, the tribal electorate voted four individuals into office, which did not include the former chairperson, Leah Sprague-Fodor. The council, therefore, had to select a new chair to fill the position. Council members are: Chairman Scott Sprague, Vice Chairman Ed Pigeon, Treasurer Bob Peters, Secretary Jeff Martin, Phyllis Davis, Jennie Pearl Heeren and Jodie Palmer.
Photo: Gun Lake Tribal Chairman Scott Sprague