Sagamore of the Wabash

Indiana State Award

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Sagamore of the Wabash award

Sagamore of the Wabash award; photo by Josh H on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Sagamore of the Wabash

The highest distinction in Indiana is the designation of Sagamore of the Wabash by the state governor. "Sagamore" was a term used by native American tribes of Indiana to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe whom the chief consulted for wisdom and advice. Following is the content of the certificate that is issued:

State of Indiana

Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash

(Governor of the State of Indiana) 

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Known All Men by These Presents:

WHEREAS, the greatness of the Sons of Indiana derives, in part, from qualities possessed by the noble Chieftains of the Indiana Tribes which once roamed its domain; and

WHEREAS, it has been the immemorial custom of the State of Indiana to attract to its support those who have exhibited such qualities; and

WHEREAS, there has endeared himself to the Citizens of Indiana one

          (Recipient's Name)
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distinguished by his Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership:

NOW, THEREFORE, recognizing his greatness and desiring to avail myself of his counsel, I do hereby appoint him a chieftain upon my staff with the rank and title of :

SAGAMORE of the WABASH

WITNESS my hand and the Seal of the Council of the Sagamores at Indianapolis, Indiana this ________ day of __________ in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and ___.

(Governor's Signature)         
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Governor of the State of Indiana.

 

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