Government and Human Resources

Tribe names chairman

October 18, 2016
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Scott Sprague
Scott Sprague. Courtesy Gun Lake Tribe

A tribe in the region has appointed its casino facility director as chairman of its tribal council.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, has sworn in Scott Sprague as its Tribal Council chairman. Jeff Martin and Jodie Palmer also were sworn in as council members.

Sprague takes over the role of council chair from his cousin, Leah Sprague-Fodor, who assumed the role in June, but wasn’t re-elected to the council in August.

He is the son of former council vice chairman Dick Sprague.

In his new role, Sprague will advance the mission of the Tribe to be a first-class employer and a responsible government partner with its federal, state and local counterparts.

“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.

Sprague’s background

Sprague has been the Gun Lake Casino facility director since 2012.

He previously was elected to serve on the Tribal Gaming Commission and has served as Tribal Council secretary since 2014.

Previously, he spent 30 years as an engineer, senior buyer and project manager in the power sector.

Sprague, a native of Battle Creek, holds an associate’s degree in engineering technology, a bachelor’s degree in business management and an M.B.A. with a finance specialty.

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