Trail of Death

In 1838, the Potawatomi Indians in the state of Indiana were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands by order of the U.S. government. The 859 Potawatomi who started the journey traveled across Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and finally Kansas before arriving at their intended destination. The loss of life, 41 in total, resulted in the removal becoming known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death.


In Sept. 2013, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback met with descendants of the Potawatomi who were forcibly marched to the state in the 1838 Trail of Death. At a gathering of officials and tribal members led by CPN Legislator Jon Boursaw, Governor Brownback officially apologized on behalf of the State of Kansas for the treatment of those Potawatomi who were moved there.