Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking - 7gen

Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking




Dowagiac, Michigan


Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Structural, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing

2017 Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) | Southwest Michigan Chapter

Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering was commissioned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to design a cutting-edge native justice center to serve the Pokagon Band tribal members. Native Justice is focused on the healing of the individual and the healing of the community as a whole. The Pokagon Band is developing an initiative to restore the spirit and ideals of native justice within the Pokagon Community.

Native Justice, or more commonly referred to as Peacemaking, is an alternative route to justice and an entirely different way to define justice. The new justice center will allow native justice center staff to provide the proper spaces for individuals to participate in peacemaking efforts through the use of a circular court and informal peacemaking round room. The Peacemaking room will have a fire pit as the main focal point. Both of the large spaces will focus on cultural aspects of justice compared to traditionally western judiciary practices.

See the Process.

The crew on the project.

Scott Winchester, AIA

Senior Project Manager | Tribal Liaison

Jim Keefer, LEED AP

Project Coordinator

Steve VandenBussche, AIA, LEED AP

Architectural Designer


Project Executive

Stephanie Sokolowski, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED Green Assoc.

Interior Designer

Jordan Strong

Project Technician

Veronika Gaska


Rick Slone

QAQC and Construction Detailing Manager

Providing a place of healing and restoration.

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