A Dowagiac man has been honored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Elders Council for his efforts to help the community. Brian Antisdel, a Pokagon citizen, received an eagle feather at a recent ceremony led by a spiritual elder. Antisdel is well-known in the community for delivering food and water to residents, paying for negative lunch balances at the middle school, and distributing heaters to schools. He’s also delivered water to Flint and helped with safety and management during the pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Elders Council Chair Judy Winchester says Antisdel “has chosen a path consistent with the Seven Grandfather teachings of the Pokagon Band.” The eagle feather is an honor given to those who demonstrate strength, bravery, or act in alignment with traditional teachings.