2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director

October 28, 2018 all-day

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The Department of Civil Rights has announced that Matt Wesaw will officially start as its new director on October 28, 2013. Mr. Wesaw, a former chair of the Civil Rights Commission, is retiring from his post as chair of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and CEO of the tribe’s gaming authority to take the new job. He is the first Native American to be director of the department.

Note: Matt Wesaw served in this position until October 2015.

Justin A. Hinkley, “Michigan civil rights leader stepping down”, Lansing State Journal, September 4, 2015.

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