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Iowah was a young and influential headman among the Wabash Potawatomi. He was the nephew of headman and principal orator Naswawkay. Along with his brother M’joquis, he led a younger faction of Potawatomi who allied themselves with U.S. Indian agents. Together, the allies conspired and unlawfully sold reserve lands belonging to leaders who refused to cede their reservations to the United States.

Iowah’s name can be found among the treaties signed between the United States and Indiana Potawatomi. Despite his mixed opposition to the Potawatomi removal, he was forced to leave his land and move west on the 1838 Trail of Death.


Cooke, Sarah E. and Rachel B. Ramadhyani. 1993. Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Edmunds, R. David. 1978. The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire

Kappler, Charles J. 1904. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, II

Winter, George. 1948. The Journals and Indian Paintings of George Winter, 1837-1839

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