Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winnebago Reformed Church

Our team served at Winnebago Reformed Church in Winnebago, Nebraska as our 2017 summer mission trip. Our group provided a vacation bible school for local children during the week, repaired the parsonage gutters and roof, and helped a grandma raising 4 grandchildren install a ramp to for better access to her home and completed extensive clean up at her home.

For as long as anyone can remember, the Winnebago lived in the vicinity of Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin. As the most powerful tribe in the region, they dominated the western shore of Lake Michigan from Upper Michigan to southern Wisconsin. As part of major climatic change in North America sometime around 1400, three closely related tribes – Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Ottawa – began moving west along the shore of Lake Huron. The Ottawa stopped at Manitoulin Island, but the Ojibwe occupied the north shore of Lake Huron. In the 1500s, the Potawatomi crossed over the Strait at Mackinac into northern part of the Lower Michigan peninsula. The invasion drove the original tribes of the region south and west. The Menominee were forced south where they became tributary and allies of the Winnebago. The Cheyenne and Arapaho, however, were set adrift to the west until they reached the Great Plains.

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