October 23, 2009 –
MAYETTA: Six members of the PBPN Public Works Department traveled to Shabbona, Illinoisthe second week of October to help the Illinois Department of Natural Resources www.dnr.state.il.us a 5-acre fish-rearing pond that sits next to Shabbona LakeState Park.
According to an article in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle (October 7, 2009) www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2009/10/07/38332673/, the Potawatomi teamed up with the state because the tribe has a special interest in the community and wants to continue building positive government-to-government relations in the area.
PBPN’s Tim Ramirez, Hardy Eteeyan, Bill Jim, Billy Price, Tom Jim, and Ron Bone drove and hauled earth-moving equipment from the PBPN reservation to Illinois on October 4. After journeying the 500 plus-mile route, they spent the rest of the week working on the project with the assistance of two Shabbona Lake State Park officials.
The PBPN and state of Illinois shared costs for the project that involved deepening an already existing pond that will allow smallmouth bass to hatch for eventual release into Shabbona Lake. The 318 acre lake, formed in 1975, is considered one of the best fishing lakes in Illinois. The park also has day-use facilities, a restaurant and bait and tackle shop.
Shabbona Lake is a part of a 1,550 acre state park that is located west of Chicago and is open year-round. The park is part of the land that was originally reserved by the 1829 Treaty of Prairie du Chien for Chief Shab-eh-nay and his Band. In 2006 the PBPN purchased 128 acres of land near the park and the community of Shabbona and plans to build an electronic bingo hall there. The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) is currently reviewing the status of the land at the request of DeKalb County. The Nation is confident that the reservation, established in 1829, remains intact and that a positive determination from the NIGC is forthcoming.
PBPN Public Works crew working on the drainage ditch for the fish pond.
Tim Ramirez operating a piece of equipment.
Pouring concrete at the work site.