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Indian Chief Blackhawk
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Origin of a name: Blackhawks founded in history, controversy

this article from the Tribune about the history and of how the Chicago Blackhawks hockey got their name. It’s a bit but I think it’s worth the

Some of American Indian hope playoff push teaching moment about Black Hawk

As Chicago’s Indians see it, the Blackhawks fever the city is accompanied by symptoms of amnesia.In all the hoopla, they’re it’s not forgotten that the name derives from a 19th century chieftain who U.S. troops in a gallant but effort to recover his ancestors’ Chief Black Hawk’s full of drama and pathos, is the perennial tale of an aging hero trying for a comeback, fighting for far more than a cup or ring.

The Blackhawks’ logo has spawned protests by American like those against the of Illinois’ dancing Chief or the questionably named Washington Still, it’s a touchy for those here of American descent.

Cyndee Fox-Starr, father played in the 1950s for a hockey team in full headdress, is rooting for the Hawks but the playoffs will provide a moment.

“Maybe others will see a people, not mascots,” said who is of Omaha and Odawa Indian

Fox-Starr is special events at the American Indian Center on Wilson Avenue in Chicago, it has been a season of mixed Some patrons and staff are fans. Others who don’t the sport are rooting for the home out of civic pride — but with a of sadness when they see the logo on players’ jerseys.

excited for the franchise,” said White, 23, a youth worker at the “But I don’t think fans have any understanding of our

Blackhawks management’s policy is not to on the issue. But in the team’s clubhouse, the Indian logo is held No one steps on it, and it’s kept A few years ago, former Denis Savard backtracked on his use of the “commit to the Indian” when to rally the team.

But loyal fans repeat it gusto.

Reached in Oklahoma and leaders of the Sac and Fox tribe said could not comment.

White is of and Navajo parentage and has been stereotyping since his student at Schurz High School. He a term paper chiding Lane Tech for nicknaming its “Indians.” Having learned his heritage at the Indian Center, he speak up in class when Indian history was passed in silence.

“I was very outspoken,” said. “I was doing the teaching.”

Chicagoans of American Indian can be stumped by the question of who Black was and what he did.

“I don’t anything about him,” Alex Figueroa, 13. A member of the tribe, he was shooting baskets other young American in an alley behind the Indian in Uptown. “We didn’t learn him in school.”

Chief Black was a leader of the Sac — also spelled — and Fox. Many tribe now live on a reservation in Oklahoma, but forebears were Illinoisans. planted corn and hunted villages along the Mississippi

In 1832, Black Hawk a brief but bloody war with the States, triggered by the government’s of removing American Indians the path of settlers moving Sac and Fox leaders signed over lands east of the Mississippi, but Hawk resented American negotiators sacrificing the tribe’s

So he brought his followers back Iowa into Illinois to their old fields. The territorial declared that move an federal troops were in and skirmishes were fought in the and summer of 1832.

Chief Hawk was handicapped by a lack of on the American Indian side. He was 65 and his age, as he told a captive he set with a message for the U.S.

“The Great Spirit has among the treetops in the morning and and says that Black days are few, and that he is in the spirit land,” he said. “He is …, his arm shakes and is no longer and his feet are slow on the warpath. your chief that Hawk meant no harm to the when he came across the but came peaceably to raise for his starving women and children.”

His position hopeless, Black surrendered, whereupon his captors him the equivalent of a mascot. He was sent East where tremendous — the scale of those that now sports stadiums — turned out to see the chief. Then he did a brief in ….

He then returned to his in Iowa. In 1838, he was invited to a Fourth of July address to settlers at Fort Madison,

“I love the Great River,” Hawk said. “I have upon its banks from the I was an infant. I look upon it I shake hands with and as is my wish, I hope you are my friends.”

Indian Chief Blackhawk
Indian Chief Blackhawk

He a few months later.

American feel that the poignancy of Hawk’s story — and myriad it — is lost when sports appropriate their history for and mascots. Despite the fact the University of Illinois was forced to up the Chief Illiniwek mascot, still are pained by it.

“That was like going to a store and buying something off a said Ben Marquez, 30, a youth worker at the Indian Center, who is of Navajo and Apache heritage. “It was

Even though the Blackhawks’ use of the has been more subtle, it Fox-Starr when she sees wearing war bonnets. She is bothered crowds at sporting events in Indian rhythms, which a religious significance.

“Each signifies a heartbeat,” she said.

A top for the Indian Center is building among young American said director Joseph who is Ojibwa and Polish.

“It’s not for kids to see their culture he said.

Fox-Starr’s father indignities common to American youths in the U.S. and Canada. But he did on a great love for hockey — a he, like most Canadians, playing as soon as he could up on skates. After school, he to the U.S. and joined other Indians on a semipro hockey based in Elgin in the 1950s.

Fox-Starr has pictures of her father and his wearing outsize war bonnets Chief Illiniwek’s.

“It was like the Globetrotters,” she said. “Indians supposed to be funny.”

Fox-Starr many other Chicagoans in the Blackhawks well — adding a wish of her own. When lift the Stanley Cup, they take a moment to an American Indian hero?

maybe,” she said, “Chief Hawk?”

via chicagotribune.com

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