Benack's Village

Benack's Village (HM158A)

Location: Bourbon, IN 46504 Marshall County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 13.849', W 86° 6.322'

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Osheakkebe, also known as Stephen Benack, was an ogimaa (leader) whose village was near here, 1834-1848. Born circa 1780 of Potawatomi and French-Canadian heritage, Benack resisted United States' taking of lands long inhabited by Indians and sided with Great Britain in War of 1812. He and allied Indian leaders signed 1815 peace treaty at Spring Wells near Detroit.

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Indian leaders traded tribal lands in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin to U.S., 1817-1832, for annuities, reserves, and land rights. By treaty, Benack secured 2000 acres of land including his village, which remained despite U.S. forced removal of Indians from Indiana in 1830s and 1840s. Benack died in 1855 and was buried at the University of Notre Dame.
HM NumberHM158A
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number50.2011.1
Year Placed2011
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau and Potawatomi Wildlife Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 574977 N 4564766
Decimal Degrees41.23081667, -86.10536667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 13.849', W 86° 6.322'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 13' 50.94" N, 86° 6' 19.32" W
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Area Code(s)574
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 17th Rd, Bourbon IN 46504, US
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