Chief Richardville House Designated National Historic Landmark

By Maureen Mespell

Credit: The History Center

Chief Richardville House Designated National Historic Landmark

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C.(Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of the Chief Richardville home as one of 13 new National Historic Landmarks.

The house is also known as the akima Pinšiwa Awiiki. Secretary Salazar says it is a rare surviving example of a treaty house in the U.S. Built as part of the terms of the 1826 Treaty between the Myaamia (Miami) and the United States, it is associated with Pinšiwa, the akima (civil chief) of the Myaamia, a nationally significant American Indian statesman and leader.

“Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our people, and our nation - from pictographs dating back two millennia to a World War II warship,” Secretary Salazar said. “By designating these sites as National Historic Landmarks, we are ensuring that future generations will know these important chapters in our nation’s story and expand opportunities for tourism that generate economic returns for our local communities.”

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.

“These new listings will join approximately 2,500 other sites in the National Historic Landmark Program,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These places not only showcase our rich and complex history – from prehistoric time right up to the modern era – but they help drive tourism and boost local economies.”




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