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Our 5th great grandfather Chief Shabbona, "Built Like A Bear". He was the nephew of Ottawa Chief Pontiac. Fall of 1800, his hunting party came across the Potawatomi tribe ("little brother" tribe to the Ottawa & the Ojibwa). He stayed with the Potawatomi tribe after taking their Chief Spotka's daughter, Coconoko, as his wife; years later becoming Chief of the Potawatomi

Jim Thorpe was born in Oklahoma in 1888, but came to North Carolina in 1909 to play minor league baseball for the Rocky Mount Railroaders. He later played baseball in Fayetteville which later cost him gold medals won in the 1912 Summer Olympics. ^cs

Winona LaDuke is a Native American, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. "I’m Bear Clan from the White Earth reservation, which is located between Bemidji and Fargo. My parents met because my dad was selling wild rice. I am part of a wild ricing culture. We are not rich in money, but we are wealthy in rice and other traditional foods. Sun Bear was my father’s name, and he used to have a saying: “I don’t want to hear your philosophy if it doesn’t grow…

July 1942. Ford bomber plant at Willow Run, Michigan. Inspection of more than a thousand separate tubing pieces composing the fuel, hydraulic, de-icing and other systems in a bomber is a highly important job. This young employee at the giant Willow Run plant uses her tiny flashlight to discover any internal defects in the tubing. Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information.