The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.bank.2
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
  • Front.carry.casket
    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
  • Front.lift
    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
  • Front.make.three
    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.F.office
    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Conference to explore impact of War of 1812 on Native Americans in Ohio 2012.04.18

Written by David Green.

A conference is scheduled in northwest Ohio to explore the impact of the War of 1812 on Native Americans in Ohio. The conference, scheduled May 10 to 12, will commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial.

Nationally known Native American scholars and Native leaders will convene at Defiance College, Sauder Village and Northwest State Community College for a three-day conference focusing on the tribes removed from Ohio to Kansas and Oklahoma.

Dr. John P. Bowes, associate professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University, is the keynote speaker. He has written several books on Native American history and is currently working on a book titled “Northern Indian Removal: An Unfamiliar History.”

Dr. Bowes will present “The War of 1812’s Impact on the Native Americans of Ohio” at 8 p.m. May 10 at the Schomberg Auditorium on the Defiance College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

On May 11, presentations are planned at the Heritage Inn at Sauder Village. Dr. Dawn March, assistant professor of history at Purdue University, will open the conference with her perspective on the Delaware Nation and how it was affected by the War of 1812.

Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law at Michigan State University, will present “The Ottawa” session. Fletcher is director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center and a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Cheppewa Indians located in Peshawbestown, Mich. His background in Indigenous law and his Native heritage will bring a personal perspective about his tribe.

Afternoon sessions will feature Dr. Melissa Rinehart and Dr. Stephen Warren. A visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Miami University, Dr. Rinehart’s lecture on the Miami Nation is based on research she gathered while doing her dissertation on the recovery of the Miami Nation’s language.

“The Shawnee” will be presented by Dr. Warren, Professor of History at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., who served as a consultant for “Tecumseh’s Vision,” part of the PBS series “We Shall Remain.” His session is based on research he did for his book, “The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795-1870.”

Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to visit Natives and Newcomers, a living-history exhibit at Sauder Village. At this award-winning exhibit, costumed interpreters will bring to life the daily lives of Native Americans living in northwest Ohio from 1803-1830. By visiting the wigwams, smelling the traditional foods cooking over the fire and exploring the Trading Post, guests can learn what life was like for the hundreds of Native Americans who called northwest Ohio home, as well as learn how they interacted with their environment, each other and the Europeans who were beginning to move into this region.

On May 12, sessions are scheduled in the George Voinovich Auditorium at Northwest State Community College.

Randall Buchman, local historian and Professor Emeritus of History at Defiance College, will talk about the effect of the war and the removal on the Seneca-Cayuga tribe. Buchman has written three books on Native American history in northwest Ohio. 

Representatives from eight tribes will be part of a panel discussion on how the War of 1812 impacted their tribes and the Trans Mississippi Experience.” George Ironstack, a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Assistant Director of the Myaamia Project at Miami University, will act as moderator of this discussion.

Conference registration costs $70, and includes all conference activities, two meals and admission to the Native and Newcomers exhibit. A complete conference schedule and registration form are available online at www.defiance.edu/NACOR.html.

For more information, call Sauder Village at 419/446-2541 or Defiance College at 419/783-2462.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016