First Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Pottawatomi Reservation Boundary Sign to be Unveiled April 22

Installation of new street signs identifying the original boundaries of the 19th century Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Pottawatomi reservation will be commemorated with the unveiling of the new sign at the intersection of Riverview Drive and Paterson Street at noon on Monday, April 22. Representatives of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, the City of Kalamazoo, and local officials will gather as the first of the new signs is uncovered.

The reservation signs will identify the area set aside for Chief Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish’ s Pottawatomi in 1821 but reclaimed by the U.S. government in 1827. The reservation covers nine square miles and includes Whites Road and Paterson Street as well as portions of Portage Street and Stadium Drive. Signs will also be placed at reservation boundary locations at intersections on Burdick, Bronson Boulevard, Douglas, Howard, Lake, Lovers Lane, Michigan Avenue, Miller Road, Nichols Road, Parkview Avenue, Stockbridge, Vine, West Main, Westnedge, and Winchell Avenue.

A map of all locations is available here. A map showing the boundaries of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Pottawatomi reservation is available here.

The signs were designed by the Kalamazoo Reservation Public Education Committee, which is made up of members from the Tribal Council of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe; representatives of the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum; and community volunteers. The signs include the logo of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and identify the location as the boundary.

About the Kalamazoo Reservation Public Education Committee

The mission of the committee is to build accurate and factual community awareness of the Gun Lake Tribe past and present. The committee grew out of the earlier Iannelli Fountain Issues Resolution Committee and ensuing Public Education workgroup for the city’s Historic Preservation Commission’s Bronson Park Committee. To support or learn more about the project contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe

The Pottawatomi Tribe were Kalamazoo’s “first people,” and Chief Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish led a thriving community. Their village and gardens were along the Kalamazoo River before European settlers arrived in this area.

They, and all other Indian tribes in today’s United States, had existed as sovereign nations long before Europeans arrived in North America.

The term, “sovereign nation” is significant because it recognizes that tribes had their own forms of government with established laws and rules, defined in their own words and stories, and later in their written documents.

Even before the American Revolution, squatters had begun moving into territories reserved for Indians, and land companies were sending scouts to identify favorable locations, including those in the Great Lakes area.

After the Revolution, the new United States government made treaties with many tribes, including the Pottawatomi. In exchange for vast areas of their land, the U.S. promised that the tribes would keep their sovereignty and govern themselves within the United States.

The U.S. Government did not honor its treaties and forced many Indians to move far away from their homes in order to sell the land to European-Americans.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish successfully resisted the U.S. government’s efforts to remove them to northern Indiana in 1827, and to relocate them east of the Mississippi to what is now Kansas in the1840s. During this period, the Band moved north in an effort to avoid forced removal, and by 1838 they had established a permanent settlement in Bradley, Michigan, near Gun Lake.


2nd Annual Amnesty Day to be held May 17

On May 17, 2019, the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo County 8th District Court, Kalamazoo County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, Friend of the Court, Michigan Works and First Congregation Church will host the 2nd Annual Amnesty Day at the 8th District Court. Citizens of the metro area of Kalamazoo will have the opportunity to address outstanding low-level nonviolent misdemeanor warrants and charges with the goal of preventing incarceration. The Friend of the Court however will not address outstanding warrants during the event but will be onsite to provide information about ways an individual may remedy their case and avoid incarceration.

Once participants have addressed their pending warrants and/or charges, they will be directed to Bronson Park where social service agencies and other organizations will be available to assist in addressing some of the participants’ quality of life issues. The Court and prosecutors cannot promise that every case will be completed that day, but in those cases that cannot be accommodated, participants will be provided with a future court date.

Additionally, open to the public, Michigan Works has volunteered to organize various employers looking to interview interested participants for potential employment opportunities.
Prescreening is from 1 pm- 5pm at First Congregational Church, located at 345 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Please use the main entrance on the Michigan Ave. (please do not park in the Church’s parking lot). Once individuals are screened, they will be directed to a courtroom at the Kalamazoo County 8th District Court located at 227 W. Michigan Ave. There participants’ warrants and criminal cases will be addressed by Court staff and prosecutors. Criminal defense attorneys will be available to offer counsel to participants throughout the entire process.

If you already have a scheduled arraignment, or other Court date, Amnesty Day is not for you. This day is for individuals that have outstanding low-level nonviolent misdemeanor warrants only.

Spring Hydrant Flushing begins April 21

The 2019 Spring Hydrant Flushing Program will begin on Sunday, April 21. Daytime flushing will take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and evening flushing will occur between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. 

Over time, sediment builds up on the inside of water distribution pipes (water mains), narrowing the path that water can flow through. Twice per year, the hydrants are flushed to remove any accumulated sediments from water mains and restore water flow, which helps the City to better meet the needs of homes, businesses, and Public Safety. The flushing program also helps to verify that all water supply systems work, including pumps, storage tanks, mains, valves, and hydrants.

Flushing doesn’t affect the safety of the water supply but tap water may appear cloudy or discolored immediately after flushing has occurred in the area. If this happens, water customers are advised to run their cold water in their bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear again. It also recommended that water customers avoid doing laundry on the day that flushing is scheduled and for the following 24 hours to avoid potential issues with clothing. 

You can view the Hydrant Flushing schedule in the View from the Curb


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