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Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Tribe
in the Hartford Michigan – Rush Lake Area

Articles and Photos From The Past and Present

John Mix

Member of the Pottawattamie Tribe
1902 Day Spring article

John Miller –
Tribal Chairman of the Pokagon Band of the
Potawatomi Indians. 

Recapturing his culture
2006 Herald-Palladium article
(John is a 1983 HHS graduate)

Art Morsaw

Participates in canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha at Vatican in Rome.
Herald-Palladium and South Bend Tribune articles.

Chief Simon Pokagon

Simon Pokagon – the Longfellow of his race
1977 Herald-Palladium article

3 Shagonaby Sisters

A Head Start on the Future
South Bend Tribune article
History of Berrien & Van Buren Co’s, Michigan with Illustrations  and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers Published in 1880 by D.W. Ensign & Co. This historic book contains chapters about the Pottawattamie tribe in this area:

The Pottawattamies of the St. Joseph After 1815, Chapter IV – 6 pgs
Cessions of Indian Territory-Erection of Counties and Towns upon it, Chapter V – 5 pgs

There are also portions of Pottawattamie presence in each of the individual townships and villages at that time.  Those files are under the transcripts section.

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Julia Quakano Pokagon

Article from Grand Rapids Press, June 15, 1911, about Birch Bark Wigwam built by her grandfather, Chief Simon Pokagon.

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