Elkhart River

The Potawatomi (Anishinaabe) lived here, and along the Wabash, the Kankakee and Calumet watersheds.
Despite numerous treaties to which they were party guaranteeing them the perpetual enjoyment of their lands, most of the Potawatomi were forcibly exiled from Indiana territory to Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska in 1838.
Members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi remain in Michigan and also around South Bend, Indiana (where I am heading now).
Federally recognized, they have built casinos in Michigan and propose to do the same in South Bend, where the tribe also plans to build a 164 acre “tribal village” with housing and governmental offices.
The Miami also remain as a non-federally recognized Native Nation, based in Peru, Indiana. Despite the binding treaty negotiated and approved by Congress on June 5th, 1857, granting the Miami 70,000 acres in common and thousands of acres more of their traditional lands for each individual head of household, so called, who chose to live there, Congress abrogated the treaty in 1897 unilaterally and continues to refuse to grant federal recognition again to the eastern Band of Miami. The rest of the Miami, for the most part, were forcibly removed to Oklahoma in the 1830s. Little Turtle, where are your people now?


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