IUPUI has signed an agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to develop more education and cultural preservation programs for Native Americans. IUPUI started an American Indian Studies Program three years ago, and this would expand the program by adding more staff to the department. Pogakon Band of Potawatomi Chairman Matthew Wesaw says the tribe will pay the salary of a full time staff member, while IUPUI pays the person’s benefits.
American Indian Studies Program Director Johnny Flynn says the territory that became Indiana is home to more treaties signed with Native Americans than any other state. But he says half those agreements made promises to ensure advanced education, but were rarely honored. The Pogakon Band of Potawatomi is the only federally recognized tribe in the state.
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