Local officials dedicated a new Michigan historical marker for Pontiac’s Council.
As part of the celebrations, Chief Pontiac descendant Rudy Pontiac, 72, talked about his ancestor and the current plight of American Indians.
“He did a great thing, you know, unite the tribes and tell his people that they are taking all the land away from us and we won’t have anyplace to go,” Pontiac said. “It’s a bad thing that happened to my people.”
Chief Pontiac tried to organize American Indians to capture British forts in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions and force them out. The Indian seized nine forts, but eventually were overtaken by Europeans and colonial Americans.
“When you go back past the War of Independence, that history is fuzzy for a lot of people,” Day said. “So it helps us to remember. And we’re doing this to honor Pontiac as well because Pontiac’s cause was a good cause — he wanted to protect his brothers.”
The week of commemoration events included a car show for classic Pontiacs, concert by American Indian singer-songwriter Bill Miller, and screening of “Older Than America,” by American Indian filmmaker, Georgina Lightning.
The free event were partially funded by the Chrysler Group.