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Songs and Stories
     March 18, 2019      #23-77 SsK
 

Looking Back: The Potawatomi exodus

By Jack Klasey

When Chief Shaw-waw-nas-see died at his village beside Rock Creek in 1834, he was spared the pain of seeing his Potawatomi band uprooted from their traditional hunting and fishing grounds and relocated beyond the Mississippi River.

Two years after the chief died, the 500 members of his band left their Rock Village home to be resettled on a reservation in Iowa. Under treaties negotiated between the Potawatomi tribe and the U.S. government in 1832 and 1833, the Indians gave up their lands in northern Indiana and northeastern Illinois in exchange for cash payments and tracts of land beyond the Mississippi.

This drawing by Kankakee artist Joseph Campbell illustrates the Potawatomi band crossing the Kankakee that was described by “Uncle Sid” Vail. It originally appeared in the 1968 history of Kankakee titled “Of the People.” Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

By Jack Klasey

When Chief Shaw-waw-nas-see died at his village beside Rock Creek in 1834, he was spared the pain of seeing his Potawatomi band uprooted from their traditional hunting and fishing grounds and relocated beyond the Mississippi River.

Two years after the chief died, the 500 members of his band left their Rock Village home to be resettled on a reservation in Iowa. Under treaties negotiated between the Potawatomi tribe and the U.S. government in 1832 and 1833, the Indians gave up their lands in northern Indiana and northeastern Illinois in exchange for cash payments and tracts of land beyond the Mississippi.

This drawing by Kankakee artist Joseph Campbell illustrates the Potawatomi band crossing the Kankakee that was described by “Uncle Sid” Vail. It originally appeared in the 1968 history of Kankakee titled “Of the People.” Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

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