From Sept. 4 to Nov. 4, 1838, the United States forcibly removed a band of 859 Potawatomi and marched them from northern Indiana to present-day Kansas. A caravan in remembrance of this history is held every five years to honor victims and survivors. The next observance will be in 2023, said Janet A. Pearl, member-at-large, Potawatomi Trail of Death Association.
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 »
Burnett family member Tracy Locke is deeply invested in her heritage even though she lives in Lafayette, Indiana, hundreds of miles away from Citizen Potawatomi Nation headquarters. Lafayette is one of the stops the Potawatomi made on the Trail of Death in 1838. In fact, she is a descendant of Abram Burnett, who was 26 Read More »