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On Sept. 4, 1838, 859 Potawatomi Indians, including 150 from Michigan, were forced to march west on what was called the "trail of death." Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to take fertile land around the Great Lakes from its original American Indian inhabitants. It was not until Gov. William Woodbridge, Michigan's second governor, that federal and state governments allowed remaining Indians to stay.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatami in Michigan, now headquartered in Dowagiac, Michigan, with a satellite office in South Bend, Indiana, escaped forceful removal from their homelands in 1833 through skillful negotiations by their tribal leader Leopold Pokagon. They are one of eight Potawatomi (meaning “Keepers of the Fire”) Bands extending from Oklahoma to Canada currently recognized by the federal government.
Note : Painting by George Winters depicts council meeting between Potawatomi leaders and U.S. government representatives in July 21, 1837 at Kee-Waw-Nay Potawatomi Village to settle details for the impending removal of the Potawatomi from northern Indiana.
Michigan Every Day
"Native History: Potawatomi Removed at Gunpoint, Trail of Death Begins", Indian Country Today, September 4, 2014.
Andrea Neal, "Indiana at 200 (32): Potawatomi Forced From Indiana", Indiana Policy Review, August 25, 2014.
a< href="http://www.potawatomi-tda.org/index.htm">What is the Trail of Death?
Peggy King Anderson, The Long March, Highlights for Children, October 2002.
Court Orders Treasury To Refund Alticor $10M
The Department of Treasury incorrectly assessed use tax on some of Ada-based Alticor's business activities and must refund the company $10.4 million, plus interest, the Court of Claims has ruled. Starting with the 2011-12 fiscal year, the $10.4 million judgment is the sixth-highest the Department of Treasury has had to pay.
Snyder Urges Heavier Pipeline Spill Fines After Naming Safety Committee
Governor Rick Snyder issued a call Thursday for larger fines for spills form petroleum pipelines in the state as he named a new commission to oversee the safety of those lines.
Chirkun, Liberati Call For Release Of Full Courser, Gamrat Report
The Democrats on the special committee reviewing the qualifications of Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat called for the full investigation into the two lawmakers to be released to the public on Thursday, but Rep. Ed McBroom, the committee's chair, said there is historical precedent to wait.
'Bipeninsular' Group Of Reps Introducing Clean Energy Bills
A bipartisan group of four representatives representing both peninsulas said Thursday they are introducing bills designed to remove barriers for businesses and individuals in the state to generate their own energy and receive fair-value pricing.
Americans For Prosperity Objects To Carbon Emission Plan
Michigan should not develop its own plan to comply with new federal carbon emissions standards for power plants because they are illegal, Americans for Prosperity-Michigan said in a statement Thursday. The group said other states had rejected the push to develop a state implementation plan.
Yanez Bill Would Ban Sky Lanterns
Rep. Henry Yanez said on Thursday he is introducing legislation banning sky lanterns because of the threat they pose to people and property.
School Start Date
A poll commissioned by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association found Michigan residents overwhelmingly support the current requirement that schools not start until after Labor Day. The poll, conducted by Mitchell Research and Communications of 1,075 likely voters August 8-10, found 72 percent of voters support the requirement generally, and 64 percent support it even when Labor Days falls later in the month.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 174, September 3, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
As lawmakers look to overhaul energy policy this year, political contributions and lobbying expenditures by the state's two dominant electric utilities have, at times, coincided with key proposal announcements and legislative committee hearings.
Large expenditures by the utilities -- or connected political action committees -- have occurred within two days of legislative activity on energy policy at least five times so far this year, according to new lobbying disclosures and past campaign finance reports.
One of those instances unfolded on July 1.
That was the day the Senate Energy Committee chair unveiled his long-awaited energy proposal. According to lobbying disclosures, DTE also paid $737 that day for a "Senate session luncheon."
Similarly, on March 4, DTE paid for its largest legislative reception so far this year, spending $12,874, according to the lobbying reports. That event occurred one day before the House Energy Policy Committee chair introduced his own wide-ranging energy plan.
The March 4 legislative reception and the July 1 Senate luncheon were two of nine legislative meals or receptions DTE reported putting on for lawmakers this year, according to its disclosure.
Spokespeople for both DTE and Consumers Energy labeled the fact that their companies' lobbying expenditures sometimes fell on the same day as or the day before legislative activity as unintended coincidences.
For the full article, see "Utilities Ring Dinner Bell Around Major Energy Announcements", Inside MIRS today, September 3, 2015.
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Many of the MeL database resources provided by Gale Cengage Learning* include tools and special features to make the information they contain accessible in a variety of circumstances. I’d like to point out 2 in particular that you and your patrons should find useful – Listen and Translate Article. Once an article has been opened from a list of search results, the “Listen” feature icon is displayed and enables a user to hear the article/information read aloud. Click on the word “listen” to find “help” which explains how to change settings including reading speed, word color, and enhanced text visibility; download the documents as an audio file; and listen to a specific part of the document.
“Translate Article” is on the right side in the tools section and offers over 20 languages. Note Gale’s disclaimer that …“This is a machine translation and not intended to replace human translation.” The translated text appears on the screen and a bonus is that the “Listen” feature is available at this point as well and the reading is rendered in the translated language. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
*Gale databases include: Academic OneFile, various InfoTracs, General Reference Center Gold, General OneFile
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Andy Balaskovitz, "Environmental groups see route to block Michigan highway expansion" : Watchdog groups accuse MDOT of relying on outdated projections of traffic volume to justify expensive expansion projects. Federal courts have ruled in favor of such groups in other states.
Martin Kushler and John Sarver, "Lansing should raise energy efficiency and renewable energy standards" : It’s the responsibility of lawmakers to hold utilities accountable for keeping utility costs low
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