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Senator Young introduces resolution recognizing Potawatomi Trail of Death

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is announcing a bipartisan resolution which would recognize the forced relocation of the Potawatomi people from their homeland east of the Mississippi River to Kansas and Oklahoma and the devastating hardships the Potawatomi people endured during the march west, known as the ‘‘Potawatomi Trail of Death.”

“The Senate recognizes the special legal and political relationship Indian Tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant that the Potawatomi people of the United States share with the land; and acknowledges the extreme hardship, violence, and maltreatment inflicted on the Potawatomi people by the United States through the cruel and ill-conceived policy of forcible removal of the Potawatomi people from their homeland east of the Mississippi River,” according to the resolution.

“The Senate resolution being sponsored by Senator Young acknowledges a profound historical tragedy suffered by Potawatomi people that has deeply affected Potawatomi through the generations and to the present day,” said Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Chair Matt Wesaw. “We want to express our deep gratitude to Senator Young for opening a dialogue with the Pokagon Band on this important subject.”

The Potawatomi people, collectively known as the ‘‘Potawatomi Nation,” are comprised of members of the many villages, communities, and bands that resided in their homeland in the southern Great Lakes region of the present day states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Their advanced farming techniques, extensive trade and commerce networks, and well-established transportation routes of the Potawatomi Nation had a significant influence on the early history of North America.

 

 

Posted 2/19/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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