Near Tippecanoe in Marshall County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Osheakkebe, also known as Stephen Benack, was an ogimaa (leader) whose village was near here, 1834-1848. Born circa 1780 of Potawatomi and French-Canadian heritage, Benack resisted United States’ taking of lands long inhabited by Indians and sided with Great Britain in War of 1812. He and allied Indian leaders signed 1815 peace treaty at Spring Wells near Detroit.
Indian leaders traded tribal lands in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin to U.S., 1817-1832, for annuities, reserves, and land rights. By treaty, Benack secured 2000 acres of land including his village, which remained despite U.S. forced removal of Indians from Indiana in 1830s and 1840s. Benack died in 1855 and was buried at the University of Notre Dame.
Erected 2011 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Potawatomi Wildlife Park. (Marker Number 50.2011.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 41° 13.849′ N, 86° 6.322′ W. Marker is near Tippecanoe, Indiana, in Marshall County. Marker is on 17th Road 0.3 miles east of State Road 331, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sanford C. Cox River Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Parks IOOF Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Town Pump (approx. 4½ miles away); Early Bourbon Cemetery (approx. 4.6 miles away); Lawrence D. Bell (approx. 5.1 miles away); Talma (approx. 5½ miles away); Pleasant Hill Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); Salem Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Also see . . . IHB Annotated Text for Marker. The Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) provides notes giving explanations and comments on the marker's inscription. (Submitted on July 25, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Native Americans •
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