Senate Economic Development Committee to hold a hearing on engaging Michigan’s tribes as part of “Reinventing Michigan.”

LANSING — On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Senate Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on engaging Michigan’s tribes as part of “Reinventing Michigan.”

Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, has indicated that Wednesday’s hearing may be the first in a series of hearings on this issue.

The following individuals are scheduled to testify:

  • Matthew Wesaw, chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi;
  • Sarah Lukin, executive director of the Native American Contractor’s Association and senior vice president for governmental affairs of the Afognak Corp.;
  • Ron Perry, executive director of the National 8(a) Association; and
  • Jon DeVore, former senior staff member to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“Native enterprises offer a great, untapped resource to help diversify and grow Michigan’s economy,” said Kowall, chair of the panel. “Hundreds of billions of dollars in federal contracts are awarded every year, and Michigan’s native enterprises are perfectly positioned to be competitive in landing these contracts.”

Kowall concluded, “I look forward to working with tribal leaders to develop strategies to engage their nations in the reinventing of Michigan.”


Senate Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, Dec. 14
1:30 p.m.
Farnum Building, Room 110
125 W. Allegan, Lansing, MI