Thursday, March 30, 2023


The original inhabitants of the area that had become the State of Illinois in 1818 included: The Chickasaw tribe, the Dakota Sioux tribe, the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk, and the Shawnee tribe. 

The indigenous tribes of the Chicago area were the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Odawa Nations, as well as the Miami, Winnebago (Ho-Chunk), Menominee, Sauk (Sac), Meskwaki (Fox), Kickapoo tribes, and the Illinois Confederacy. 

The Illinois, aka Illiniwek and Illini [the Illinois is pronounced as plural: Illinois'], was a Confederacy of Indian tribes consisting of the Kaskaskia, Cahokia, Peoria, Tamarais (aka Tamaroa, Tamarois), Moingwena, Mitchagamie (aka Michigamea), Chepoussa, Chinkoa, Coiracoentanon, Espeminkia, Maroa, and Tapouara tribes that were in the Algonquin Indian family. The Illinois called themselves "Ireniouaki" (the French word was Ilinwe).


Annawan, Illinois – Winnebago (Ho-Chunk)

Aptakisic, Illinois – Potawatomi

Ashkum, Illinois – Potawatomi

Big Foot, Illinois – Potawatomi

Chebanse, Illinois – Potawatomi

Du Quoin, Illinois – Kaskaskia

Half Day, Illinois – Potawatomi

Kewanee, Illinois – Potawatomi

Makanda, Illinois – Unknown Tribe / aka Makauda or  Markands

Metamora, Illinois – Potawatomi

Mettawa, Illinois – Potawatomi

Niota, Illinois – The name "Niota" was based on the name of a fictional character in a dime novel [1], a Native American chief named "Nee-o-tah."

Oneco, Illinois – Potawatomi

Patna, Illinois – Kickapoo

Saunemin, Illinois – Kickapoo

Shobonier, Illinois – Potawatomi

Wapella, Illinois – Meskwaki (Fox)

Wauponsee, Illinois – Potawatomi
Wauponsee is an unincorporated community in Vienna Township, Grundy County, in North East Illinois. Wauponsee is located on Verona Road, 7 miles south-southwest of Morris. Google Mapped: 41°16′28″N 88°29′40″W

The Potawatomi were a major tribe in the Great Lakes region, and they had a significant presence in Wauponsee Township in the early 19th century. The township was named after Potawatomi Chief Waubonsie, whose tribe were residents. Wauponsee Grove, today a state park, was named for Chief Waubonsie.

[1] Dime Novel - Any cheaply produced popular fiction published in the United States between 1860 and 1930 might be called a dime novel, providing it was published on paper covers and issued in a series.

1 comment:

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