The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians – also known as Gun Lake Tribe -- has a rich history in West Michigan and a close connection to the land. The Tribe’s ancestors signed treaties with the United States government dating back to 1795. The Tribe’s federal recognition was re-affirmed in 1999.
The Gun Lake Tribe has an impressive record preserving the natural heritage of the Great Lakes region. From their location near Gun Lake in Michigan, the Gun Lake Tribe has become a leader in environmental and cultural conservation, native species preservation, and lake management. Their environmental initiatives include mnomen (wild rice) conservation; nmé (Lake Sturgeon) rehabilitation in the Kalamazoo River in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish & Wildlife Service; the Mshike Conservation Project which monitors, conserves, and restores turtle populations on Tribal properties; and, programs for pollution prevention, water quality monitoring, and educational outreach. Learn more about Gun Lake Tribe at gunlaketribe-nsn.gov (http://gunlaketribe-nsn.gov/).