Sagamore of the Wabash

Indiana State Award


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) 


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)

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 :


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)         
Governor of the State of Indiana.