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Illinois House of Representatives Adopts Resolution in Support of PBPN’s Efforts to Reclaim Reservation in Northern Illinois

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2022

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STATEMENT: Illinois House of Representatives Adopts Resolution in Support of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Efforts to Reclaim Reservation in Northern Illinois

Houses, state park now sit on a 1,000+ acre Reservation

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SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The following is a statement from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Chairman Joseph Rupnick following the news that legislators in the Illinois House of Representatives voted yesterday to adopt House Resolution 504, which supports Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s efforts to build on its history as an original part of the DeKalb County community and encourages the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would allow the Nation to secure 1,151 acres of land near Shabbona State Park in the southern part of DeKalb County:

“This milestone sends a strong and supportive message to Washington that Illinois legislators understand the importance of righting historical wrongs. It’s been 170 years since the U.S. government illegally sold our land in DeKalb County when my great grandfather, four generations removed, went to visit family in Kansas. Today, 170 years’ worth of loss and broken community has transformed into deep gratitude for the members of the Illinois House of Representatives who took this step to help put us on a path toward justice.”

A similar resolution sponsored by state Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) is currently making its way through the Illinois Senate.

 

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