After reading the recent article about the proposed reinstallation of a monument at the site of the so-called Fort Dearborn massacre [The Business, March 23], I am wondering why no one is wise enough to contact descendant Potawatomi peoples regarding their opinions? The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi are located less than 100 miles from Chicago, in Dowagiac, Michigan. It is a federally recognized tribe whose members still claim what is called Chicago as their ancestral homelands. It is great to contact members of the Chicago American Indian Center, but how about contacting the Indians that are indigenous to the area?
Most of the members of the Chicago American Indian Center have no historical connection to these events and it is time to include the Potawatomi peoples in conversations about our representation. I have the highest respect for the American Indian Center but too often people forget there are native peoples that were here, still here.
Traditions and Repatriation Committee
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians