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Today's program that you will not want to miss!!!

The History of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.

1:30 p.m. at the Starved Rock Visitor Center.

Logan Pappenfort is the Curator of Anthropology and Interim Director at Dickson Mounds State Museum. He is descended from tawaahkwahkinanka (Trail of the Storms) who was the hereditary chief of the Piankashaw which are represented by the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Okahoma today . Logan has a keen interest in the history of Illinois and its people. He believes that it is his responsibility as an individual of native descent to tell those narratives and perspectives which have so often been neglected in the past. Logan received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Kansas State University and served for six years as Director of Cultural Preservation at the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma In which he worked with various institutions across the Peoria Nation's ancestral lands in order to protect Peoria Cultural and Sacred sites. In addition to his role within the cultural preservation department, he also served 4 years on the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma's Business Committee as Second Chief and has helped to coordinate the Peoria Annual Pow-wow from 2015 - 2021.
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Todays program that you will not want to miss!!!  

The History of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.  

1:30 p.m. at the Starved Rock Visitor Center.  

Logan Pappenfort is the Curator of Anthropology and Interim Director at Dickson Mounds State Museum. He is descended from tawaahkwahkinanka (Trail of the Storms) who was the hereditary chief of the Piankashaw which are represented by the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Okahoma today . Logan has a keen interest in the history of Illinois and its people. He believes that it is his responsibility as an individual of native descent to tell those narratives and perspectives which have so often been neglected in the past. Logan received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Kansas State University and served for six years as Director of Cultural Preservation at the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma In which he worked with various institutions across the Peoria Nations ancestral lands in order to protect Peoria Cultural and Sacred sites. In addition to his role within the cultural preservation department, he also served 4 years on the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahomas Business Committee as Second Chief and has helped to coordinate the Peoria Annual Pow-wow from 2015 - 2021.

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Is this going to be recorded and shared? I can’t make it today but I’m interested in what he has to say

This is an historical event! It has been 300 years since an Illinois tribesman has spoken to a group of people at Starved Rock! Don't miss it!

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Examples of donated items

  • 8 Upbeat park benches ($6070)
  • Nikon D100 digital camera ($2740.20)
  • Dell Latitude D800 laptop and case ($1759)
  • Dell Dimension 4700 desktop ,Dell 962 all-in-one printer, External floppy drive ($1924.55)
  • 3M overhead projector ($360)
  • Microsoft Office with PowerPoint and Print Shop Deluxe Software ($189.98)
  • Hotpoint refrigerator ($230)
  • Emerson microwave oven ($69.88)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps, historical exhibit in partnership with a grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution ($2,000)
  • Trail maps ($24,000)
  • Eagle and Pelican display ($400)
  • Taxidermy, mammal display case ($$$$)

Examples of donated services

  • $2000 for video production of “The Recent History of the Illinois Indians”
  • $500 to Illinois Audubon Society (Starved Rock Audubon Chapter) for the Eagle Watch Weekend
  • $500 to the Utica Gazebo Fund (2004 tornado)
  • $1200 for Sunday Programs

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