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Pokagon [Rib]

Pokagon was a headman among the St. Joseph Potawatomi and veteran of the Northwest Indian War. He ascended to leadership after marrying Elizabeth Topinabee, daughter of prominent tribal leader Topinabee and granddaughter of Nanaquiba. After the death of Topinabee, Pokagon took control of the St. Joseph villages. The St. Joseph Potawatomi had a long association with French Catholic missionaries. Pokagon understood that if the Potawatomi were seen as Catholic converts and on the path to an Anglo way of life they could evade removal. This proved true and Pokagon’s villages were allowed to stay in Michigan and Indiana.


Clifton, James A. 1998. The Prairie People: Continuity and Change in Potawatomi Indian Culture, 1665-1965

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

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

Murphy, Joseph F. 1988. Potawatomi of the West: Origins of the Citizen Band

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