Maria Catanzarite | August 20, 2017
The people walking the 320-mile Notre Dame Trail paused their trip to pay their respects to Native Americans. On Sunday, the 32 pilgrims visited Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette. John P. Warren, chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, accompanied them, holding a morning ceremony at the Circle of Stones. It honors the tribal warriors that fought to retain their land during the American expansion in the early 1800s.
"If it wasn’t for this location here at Prophetstown -- all the tribes coming together -- I think that set the stage, like the Pokagon Band being allowed to stay in their homeland," commented Warren.
Still, the tribes lost their land at the Prophetstown battle; the Americans burned the crops and buildings.