The Bergeron Potawatomi family roots begin along the Kankakee River in Bourbonnais Grove, Illinois, with Watchekee, the daughter of Potawatomi/Odawa Chief Shabonna and Monashki.
In late summer 1838 near Twin Lakes, Indiana, U.S. General John Tipton called a meeting with the Potawatomi around Chief Menominee’s village. Menominee refused to give up what remained of his people’s land. However, the federal government claimed ownership due to prior treaties and documents signed by him and other Potawatomi representatives. Militia placed Menominee Read More »
Almost any day of the week, visitors can catch up with Bill and Marti Roberts at Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Elder Center. About 11:30 a.m. every Thursday, Marti plays piano, leading elders in singing secular, gospel and patriotic songs. There’s plenty to celebrate. Friends like Dallas “Red” Barnes join them around the piano, as does Noel Read More »
During the Tribe’s six-week Potawatomi Leadership Program a counselor, typically a former program participant, accompanies attendees on their day-to-day activities. Longtime counselor Austen Roselius, is stepping down in order to pursue medical school. Taking his place is 2014 alumnus Isaac Morris of Ada, Okla. The Hownikan spoke to Morris ahead of his new duties this Read More »
The nineteenth century was a time of innovation but also continued hardship. Relics and history from this era can easily be lost and forgotten due to neglect. Yet it has been proven that if someone is determined and willing to put in the time and effort, the mysteries of the past can become a reality. Read More »