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    Members of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, pictured here at the tribe's annual pow wow, are descendants of the original indigenous people who lived in Southwest Michigan. Courtesy photo.

    'We're Still Here' Recognition of Kalamazoo’s indigenous roots has been ‘a long time coming’
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    The former paper mill in Vicksburg offers 420,000 square feet of building space.

    © 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    'Going in Big' With plans for event spaces, breweries, museums and more, a hometown boy takes on the revitalization of Vicksburg mill
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    Where We Stand artists include: Back row, from left: Al Harris Jr., Tanisha Pyron, Audrey Mills, Brent Harris and James C. Palmore. Front row, from left: Maria Scott, Chakila Hoskins.

    © 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘A Mirror of Our Common Humanity’
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    The “hive” area of Seven Generations' office proudly displays the company’s
    ownership by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, which influences the architecture and engineering firm’s philosophy.

    © 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Seven Generations Design firm sees projects as ‘opportunity to heal the land’
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    Students try out for the esports teams at Western Michigan University. Photo courtesy of WMU.

    Esports Has Arrived Area schools and businesses get in on competitive gaming
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    Among those working together to stop group violence are, from left, Yafinceio Harris of Peace During War; Brian Parsons of Urban Alliance; Michael Wilder of Peace During War; Thosha Suggs, mother of group violence victim Timothy Palmer; and Dave Boysen, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief.
    Photo collage by Brian K. Powers.

    © 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Pursuing Peace Street teams target individuals in effort to stop group violence
  • encore-magazine-feature-murphy-darden-portrait-february-2019 Wrangling Black History Local ‘cowboy’ lassos the past one artifact and artwork at a time
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    When completed, The Exchange building currently under construction in downtown Kalamazoo will bring a new outline to the city’s iconic skyline.

    © 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    Building Skyscrapers and Saving History PlazaCorp’s work is transforming Kalamazoo, one project at a time
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Clergy and officers participating in Pastors on Patrol include, front row, from left: KDPS Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley, KDPS Chaplain Roger Ulman, POP Coordinator Pastor Gregory Jennings Sr., Pastor John Stokes, Pastor Hermon Phillips, Pastor Ron Coleman and KDPS Chief Karianne Thomas. Back row, from left: KDPS Public Safety Officer Aday, PSO Knauf, Lieutenant Treu, PSO Marshall, Lieutenant Rifenberg and PSO Walterhouse.

© 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

Pastors on Patrol Faith leaders help defuse distrust of police
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The former paper mill in Vicksburg offers 420,000 square feet of building space.

© 2019 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

'Going in Big'With plans for event spaces, breweries, museums and more, a hometown boy takes on the revitalization of Vicksburg mill

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Up Front

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Good Works

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Savor

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Enterprise

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Arts

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Back Story

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