In September 1833, 6,000 Indians of the “United Nation of Chippewa, Ottowa, and Potawatamie Indians” gathered in Chicago and ceded to the United States all their land in Illinois, about five million acres, for a half million dollars. Largely represented by three Chicago mixed race natives; Billy Caldwell, Alexander Robinson, and Joseph LaFramboise, this final treaty removed the last native tribes from Illinois and ended the fur trade era.
For more information, visit Friends of the Chicago Portage’s website. Here at Roosevelt University, Professor Mike Bryson has made water a central aspect of his teaching, devoting assignments, field trips, and entire courses to the role of water in the Chicago area. This fall, he offers SUST 220 Water as a hybrid course meeting several Saturdays and online, with select field trips. If you are interested in taking any of our courses, please contact your RU academic advisor for registration details. If you are not currently a Roosevelt University student, we encourage you to investigate our degree options, and our course listings. For more information, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.