Marble bust of Aysh-ke-bah-ke-ko-zhay in the US Senate by Francis Vincenti
|Nickname(s)||"Flat Mouth" (Gueule Platte)|
|Known for||Negotiated cession of ten million acres, including the headwaters of the Mississippi|
Aysh-ke-bah-ke-ko-zhay (or Aish-Ke-Vo-Go-Zhe, from Eshkibagikoonzhe, "[bird] having a leaf-green bill" in Anishinaabe language; also known as "Flat Mouth" (Gueule Platte), a nickname given by French fur traders) was a powerful Ojibwa chief who traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1855, along with Beshekee and other Ojibwa leaders, to negotiate the cession of ten million acres (40,000 km²) including the headwaters of the Mississippi in northern Minnesota.
“Tell him I blame him for the children we have lost, for the sickness we have suffered, and for the hunger we have endured. The fault rests on his shoulders.” —Aysh-ke-bah-ke-ko-zhay, Leech Lake Ojibwa speaking of Territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey.
- "Biography of Aysh-ke-bah-ke-ko-zhay." United States Senate. (retrieved 17 May 2011)
- Schenck 96
- Schenck, Theresa M. William W. Warren: The Life, Letters, and Times of an Ojibwe Leader. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8032-4327-9.
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