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Chief White Pigeon
Birth: unknown
Death: 1830

Potawatomi Indian Chief. His real name was Wahbememe. He befriended a small village of white settlers. However, the other tribes in the area were uneasy about his relationship with the white settlers. He was called to what is now known as the Detroit area for a Meeting with the Council of Chiefs. While at this meeting, he overheard an Indian tribal chief explaining how they were going to a "white" village. They made several attempts to convince Chief White Pigeon to betray his white friends, but he had given the white settlers his word of friendship and his protection. He is quoted as saying "to betray my village of the white people is to betray my self". He immediately left the meeting to warn his white friends, running the entire way back to the village (at least 150 miles). His timely intervention saved the village from the pending attack, but he died of heart failure from the exhausting trip. 
 
Burial:
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery
White Pigeon
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Cross section of US 12 & 131
 
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Originally Created by: erudloff
Record added: Aug 25, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6722522
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A great Indian Chief who gave his life to save others. Rest in peace in the arms of the Great Spirit.
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