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New chairman of Gun Lake Tribal Council named

Bob Peters 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). The council selected Peters to serve as chairman Sept. 13.

 

Nicole Overbeck was also sworn in as a newly-elected Tribal Council member.  Peters, Overbeck, and incumbent Jennie Pearl Heeren were all elected as representatives of the Bradley voting district by tribal citizens on Aug. 28.  Each was elected to four-year terms.

 

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen chairman by my fellow Tribal Council members,” said Peters.  “I want to thank our tribal citizens for their support in my re-election, and my mother and family for always being there to support me.” Peters values family above all else and is very close with his mother, two sisters and his nieces and nephews.  He is the grandson of the beloved and respected departed tribal elder, Joseph “Shine” Sprague. 

 

Peters has served on the Tribal Council since 2014, he became the treasurer in 2016.  He has nearly 20 years of experience in casino operations, gaming regulatory and tribal government employment.For the last four years he has been responsible for administering and monitoring all fiscal matters of the tribe, and is a board member of the tribe’s non-gaming economic development corporation, Gun Lake Investments.

 

Peters is enrolled at Western Michigan University, where he will complete his bachelor’s degree in business, and plans to continue his education by earning a Master of Business Administration.  In 2015, he became a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

 

Recently selected as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Business Leaders” in West Michigan. Peters will accept the award on Oct. 17 in Grand Rapids.  

Tribal Council members are Bob Peters, chairman; Ed Pigeon, vice chairman; Jennie Pearl Heeren, treasurer; Jeff Martin, secretary and Phyllis Davis, Jodie Palmer and Nicole Overbeck.

 

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