Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Potawatomi Chief Noonday To Be Honored

Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Native Americans allied with the British during the war of 1812, Nawquageezhing of the Potawatomi Nation fought alongside the Shawnee Chief Tacumseh.

Then after the war, Nawquageezhgig led his people to home, along the Grand River. When settlers arrived to Grand Rapids Nawquageezhgig was the first to welcome them.

Nawquageezhgig was called Chief Nooday by the settlers because it was easier to say.

Grand Rapids is going to honor Chief Noonday by erecting a bronze statue to be placed along the West side of the Grand River. The project was initiated by philanthropist Peter Secchia.
Who was Chief Noonday link
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