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Native American History

ANDREA NEAL: Native Americans forced from Hoosier state at gunpoint

ANDREA NEAL: Native Americans forced from Hoosier state at gunpoint

On the morning of Sept. 4, 1838, 859 Potawatomi were forced at gunpoint from their homes in northern Indiana and sent on foot and horseback to the “Unorganized Territory” of Kansas to begin a new life.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Little Turtle led in war, peace

ANDREA NEAL: Little Turtle led in war, peace

For 30 years he was a dominating figure on the Indiana frontier, at first resisting the white man’s encroachment and later giving in to the inevitable. The historian Calvin Young called him “one of the greatest Indian chiefs of all time.”

November 06, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Three rivers form strategic, historic site

ANDREA NEAL: Three rivers form strategic, historic site

It’s no coincidence that Indiana’s second largest city occupies land that once served as a capital of the Miami Indian Nation. Native Americans chose Fort Wayne for its strategic location. The confluence of three rivers — St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee — would prove equally appealing to Fr…

August 14, 2013 12:00 am
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