Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pokagons practiced "passive resistance"

The Pokagons remained in Michigan while so many other Potawatomi tribes were forcibly removed in the 1820's and 1830's. Leopold Pokagon waged a different kind of war, a war against false perceptions of his people and was able to communicate to the government the Pokagons ability to interact with others. What Leopold Pokagon said was, "we can't fight them all or kill them all, so we must resist on a more intelligent basis. That requires adaptation. You must first survive before you can fight!."
(Click on the title of the story for the entire story)

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