Legislators Support PBPN’s Efforts to Get Land Back in Northern IL


Legislators Announce House Resolution 504 to Address the Illegal Sale of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Reservation in Northern Illinois
Houses, state park now sit on a 1,000+ acre Reservation

State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon)
State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago)
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Chairman Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick

In the 1830s when Chief Shab-eh-nay traveled from his home Reservation in DeKalb to visit his family in Kansas, the U.S. Government illegally auctioned off more than 1,280 acres of his land near the village of Shabbona in southern DeKalb County.

House Resolution 504, scheduled to be heard tomorrow in the House State Government Administration Committee, would affirm that Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation still has claim to the Reservation, as ruled by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Resolution would support federal legislation currently making its way through the U.S. Senate that would allow Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to build on its history as an original part of the DeKalb County community and secure 1,151 acres of land near Shabbona State Park in the southern part of DeKalb County.

11 a.m. today
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Illinois Statehouse Blue Room