Monday, September 27, 2010
a little history on a Monday morning
It was the Potawatomi who were removed from this area of southwest Michigan in the 1830's although the Polkagon Band stayed. They were Roman Catholic and acculturated because of the St. Joseph mission and were protected from removal by treaty. Their name derives from Chief Simon Pokagon, a famous Native American lecturer during the 1850s. Refused tribal status under the Indian Reorganization Act (1934), their long struggle to gain federal recognition finally succeeded in 1994. With tribal offices located in Dowagiac, Michigan, the Pokagon are in the process of reacquiring a land base. Their casino in New Buffalo, Four Winds, opened in 2007.