Joseph Cushway Diplomat

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Joseph Cushway Diplomat - Local Indian Was Tribe's Diplomat A big issue...
Local Indian Was Tribe's Diplomat A big issue 40 years ago, few residents " -'of Mason county prpbably know that Joseph Oushway. a Fern Indian, was one of the leaders in the Potto- watomie claim on certain lake front lands in Chicago. •pushway was chosen one of the council of seven, the ruling legislative body of the Potto- watamies. at a secret tribal powwow at Hartford. Mich., the week of June 16. 1901. ,Cushway soon became recognized recognized as -the leader of the Pot- toWatamies in Michigan. The powwo^ was held at the time when the Pottowatamies were planning an invasion of the Chicago lake^' frontage, to which they claimed title, as well as;the lake front from the Indiana Indiana state line to Grand Hav- erv The title to all Illinois, Indiana Indiana and Michigan was first discovered by Chief Simon Pokagon, Pokagon, father of Chief Charles Pokagon, who was deposed as tribal leader at the powwow which elected Cushway to the council. Simon had ruled the tribe for more than 40 years . and during this period, h;id secured $2,000,000 for land claimed by the Indians in Chicago. Chicago. The PokagOn family had ruled the Pottowatomies in direct direct line since discovery of America. After considerable discussion, wjhich continued throughout, the summer and autumn of 1901, Cushway reported that the owners of the Chicago lake front property had made an offer offer through their attorneys, agreeing to pay $33,000 as a final settlement. The exact offer which Cushway Cushway brought to his brethren was that every member of the tribe sign away his right and •title to this property and enter into agreement never again to question the rightful ownership of .-the land for $100 for every member of the tribe. The Indians Indians decided to accept this $100 per member only as an advance advance on their claim. |n addition to his ability as a mediator, Cushway was noted throughout Mason county as an. excellent farmer. In the summer of 1902 an item in Ludington Ludington Record-Appeal said: '*As usual Joseph Cushway of Pern has some big crops. He had three fields of wheat with a total area of 50 acres. Besides this he had seven acres of oats and a good yield of hay, His big •barn with its 24-foot posts was filled to the top. men to get each It took three of the last of the bundles from the load up under the roof. There is an 13- acre corn field', oh the farm which is looking fine for this year. Thirty five acres are already already plowed and ready for the wheat seed. In the orchards are 500 pear trees that are' coming into bearing, an4'that are going to be morfey eacnjerS in a year or so." * "•' •' •• » - ; •: ..& * • ..-. \

Clipped from The Ludington Daily News24 Jun 1943, ThuPage 40

The Ludington Daily News (Ludington, Michigan)24 Jun 1943, ThuPage 40
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