On May 18th, Greenfire paid tribute to Chief Simon Kahquados, a respected leader and speaker of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Chief Kahquados was the last in a line of hereditary Potawatomi chiefs, belonging to one of Wisconsin’s oldest families of Potawatomi inhabitants. He served as a spokesperson for the Potawatomi people, collaborating with representatives from both the State of Wisconsin and Washington D.C. to enhance their quality of life, lands, and welfare. His exceptional oratory skills enabled him to act as an interpreter while sharing a wealth of knowledge on various topics such as ancestry, culture, language, history, and the Potawatomi lifestyle. He was born on May 18, 1851, in the Black Earth Potawatomi Village in Kewaunee County and later moved to Forest County in the mid-1910s where he lived until his passing in November 1930.
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