Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish

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Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish (also spelled with various transliterations as Mashipinashiwish, Me-chee-pee-nai-she-insh, Mash-i-pi-wish , Mitch-e-pe-nain-she-wish, or Mat-che-pee-na-che-wish) was the chief of a Potawatomi Indian group. He signed the Treaty of Greenville, in 1795, as a Chippewa chief with the English name of Bad Bird (the Chippewa were closely allied with the Potawatomi and Ottawa).

The Treaty of Chicago, which he signed on August 29, 1821 as an Ottawa, reserved a three mile square tract for a village at the head of the Kalamazoo River (spelled then as Kekalamazoo), the present-day city of Kalamazoo.[1]

The Treaty with the Potawatomi, signed September 19, 1827, ceded the tract reserved for the village to the U.S. He did not sign the 1828 Treaty with the Potawatomi, which ceded additional land in southwest Michigan, although he did sign the 1832|Treaty with the Potawatomi, which also ceded additional land in the area.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi (formerly known as the Gun Lake Band), based in Dorr, Michigan in Allegan County, take their name from this chief.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bad Bird, Indian Chief, Early Bird in Kalamazoo". Kalamazoo Gazette. March 21, 1937. Retrieved December 6, 2012.