Our Philosophy

At Mmo-Bmadsen, our vision is to be the leader of sustainable business solutions for a better quality of life for our tribal citizens and our communities for the next seven generations in a way that respects our culture and values. By doing what is right, and doing what is good, together we will provide The Good Path to Good Business.

“Seven Generations” Thinking

Always consider the decisions we make and that what we do today has an impact on the next seven generations. Let one of our greatest legacies be given to a generation that we will never know.

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

The Pokagon people have endured thanks in part to their Seven Grandfather teachings: the values of Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth. Adapting these deeply rooted ideals to contemporary circumstances has made the Band an engine for economic development and a model for sustainable living in the region.

Wisdom | Mbwakawenewen: To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom. Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.

Love | Debandewen: To know peace is to know Love. Love must be unconditional.  When people are weak they need love the most.

Respect | Wdetenmewen: To honor all creation is to have Respect. All of creation should be treated with respect. You must give respect if you wish to be respected.

Bravery | Wedasewen: Bravery is to face the foe with integrity. To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.

Honesty | Kwekwadzewen: Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.

Humility | Edbesendowen: Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation.  You are equal to others, but you are not better.

Truth | Debwewen: Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.