- The big settlement of the Mesquakie in Iowa is at the town of Tama.
This group had been removed from the State to the West years ago, but
came back and began purchasing contiguous pieces of land to form the
settlement which is not a reservation in Iowa. They have a casino
these days and it is profitable and they have built a museum and a
fine high school building.
I have one friend living down there named Don Walker. I am sure
there is a web page for that tribe.
The group of first nation people had the famous leader named Black
Hawk who fought a valiant attmept to reoccupy the land where his
ancestors were buried along the Rock River in what is now Illinois.
President Jackson honored him at the White HOuse and treated him as a
leader of a nation, with respect and dignity. The accounts of his
speeches and views on the Americans a well written and he was known
for his oratory. There is a published biography in most libraries.
I am not familiar with the St. Joseph region except for driving
through it. It is one place mentioned in the journals of Lewis and
If you have any information on the mounds down there beyond what you
sent that are photos, I would like to see them.