Joseph Cushway of Ludington MI

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Joseph Cushway of Ludington MI - ; POWWOW OF POTTAW ATOMIES. Coaaell of the...
; POWWOW OF POTTAW ATOMIES. Coaaell of the Tribe Held la Mlchia-aa Mlchia-aa Mlchia-aa la the Aacleat Way. Under the old council tree, close by the home of Indian Mix, the Pottawatomie In-' In-' In-' dians held a two days' powpow In Van Buren county. Michigan, last week. It was the first meeting of the tribe since the death of the old Chiet Pokagon. Some of the Indians Indians present were heard to say with a sigh, "This is the first council that we ever attended attended that Pokagon .was not present to council and advise." The tree is a grand old maple whose branches spread out. covering a circle of ground seventy feet in dismeter. About one hundred of the Pokagon band were present. Joseph Cushway of Ludlngton. Mich., was chosen chairman, and he announced in a clear voice that- that- the object ot the meeting was to fill vacancies, in the business committee caused by the death of their late chief and his son. William Pokagon. It was proposed to elect Charles Pokagon chief. In place ot bis late father. It was claimed, however, that bis son was born chiet and that be inherited the. title aa his father, Simon Pokagon, ha J before him.. .It was then proposed to elect one ot the oldest Indian's as honorary chiet of the band. Two old men were then nominated and it was proposed .that the council proceed to vote 'or them by ballot. At this point a middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged Iran arose and remarked that although they were civilized they were Indians still, and proposed to proceed according to their ancient custom and vote aa their fathers did, whlca star: adoptedby the council without a dissent-lug dissent-lug dissent-lug voice. The chairman then said: " Wessw, one candidate, will take his position on the west side of the tree, and Toposh will tske his place on the cast side." After the two candidates had taken their . positions, the chairman again said, both in Bngltsh and in the Indian tongue, "Now let the friends of the two men form in line around their choice," which was done and the count made. Wesaw, an Indian almost blind. 75 yearn old, waa declared to be the choice by the council and was hailed by some voice, "This is our old war chief ; greet him." The uslness committee was elected by the above rule. - Where more than two candidates candidates were nominated by the council they took their position at different -points -points about the tree, and the one who- who- had the fewest -men -men standing about him withdrew from the con-teat, con-teat, con-teat, until only. two contestants were in the field, and the one receiving the stronger support was declared elected." All speeches were interpreted In English and in the Indian language.- language.- as many ot the old mea could not understand a word of English, while some of the young one were not familiar with their native tongue. . ,

Clipped from The Inter Ocean18 Jun 1899, SunPage 38

The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois)18 Jun 1899, SunPage 38
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