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Ogima Blue Jacket

Historically, we have been taught that the white man, Blue Jacket, was one of the main Indian leaders of the (1782-1794) Northwest Indian War. However, what is so intriguing concerning Blue Jacket, was his presence among the Three Fires Confederation was obviously not so well received by the Three Fires Confederation, who dominated all the Anishinabek of the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois region. When Little Turtle stepped down as the main leader of the Delaware, Miami and Shawnee Anishinabek, Blue Jacket was allowed by the Delaware, Miami and Shawnee to lead their soldiers, and that truly infuriated the powerful Three Fires Confederation, who would never tolerate lesser Anishinabe groups appointing their leaders over their own soldiers.

When Blue Jacket was young he was taken captive by the Shawnee (Tecumsehs father abducted Blue Jacket) and raised in his family. Directly as a result of Tecumsehs fathers powerful position (he was a principle Shawnee leader) Blue Jacket inherited Tecumsehs fathers powerful position, and that is how Blue Jacket became so powerful among the Delaware, Miami and Shawnee, and a major obstacle to the powerful Three Fires Confederation. Blue Jacket was the enemy of the powerful Three Fires Confederation and nothing less.

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