New app shows indigenous land boundary in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MICH. (AP) - An educational app has been launched as part of a campaign to accurately portray the history of indigenous Native Americans in southwestern Michigan.

The project is part of a $2.8 million effort to make landscaping and infrastructure improvements to Bronson Park in Kalamazoo.

Digital markers stand at the four corners of the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi's historic reservation, allowing videos and other content to be viewed through the "Next Exit History" app.

The project is funded by a Michigan Humanities Council grant and features members of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Native Americans. The community tells their story of Euro-American betrayal, resistance to removal, cultural re-engagement and community stewardship by using their own words and images.

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