You may be pulling for the Chicago Blackhawks. And there’s a story behind that name. Black Hawk was not a chief, but he was a political leader in the Sauk tribe, says Beth Carvey, director of the Hauberg Indian Museum at the Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island.
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“He and his people would continue to live at Saukenuk, peacefully, with white people who were living there also,” says Carvey. “The Indians would not start any trouble, but, if trouble was started, they would not be shy about finishing it, let’s put it that way.” Black Hawk, she says, should be honored today as a peaceful man who stood his ground, espousing some of the same values our society does today.