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Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band


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Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band

After Tecumseh’s death in 1813, most of his warriors and their families decided to remain together as a Shawnee group. By the 1840’s, there were 36 Shawnee communities existing in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and a few other states.

Thick Water, who was Tecumseh’s first cousin, best friend, first warrior and personal body guard became “leader” of this remnant Shawnee group. Tecumseh’s children and some family members went to Oklahoma after Tecumseh’s death and some remained East of the Mississippi river.

Most members of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band are descendants of the remnant families who lived in the 36 Shawnee communities.

The Remnant Shawnee leadership continued through Thick Water’s line for 7 generations to today’s date.

Hawk Pope was elected "Chief" by his people in 1971 when he was 30 years old. The Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band reorganized in 1971 gathering the remaining Shawnee descendants from the 36 communities. At the time of reorganization, the Remnant Band had 312 people on its rolls. By 1995, the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band numbered over 500 members on its rolls. The Shawnee traditional ceremonies, songs, dances, crafts and skills are kept alive through education and practice of Tribal members. These traditions have been passed down from generation to generation and continue today with our own children.

Text by Lyn Cornwell

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