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BC: His grave was robbed and his body stolen. It was later recovered, but instead of being respectfully re-buried, the body was shipped to Burlington, Iowa, where it was kept in a museum. In 1855, the museum burned and the body was destroyed. At last Ma-ca-tai-me-she-kia-kiak or Black Hawk was out of reach of those who would exploit and abuse him.

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1: Chief Black Hawk was born in 1767-1838 and he was also born near rock island, Illinois. | He was the fearless leader of the native American tribe called the sauk.

2: the war of 1865 and 1867 was the hardest war to fight. Also he was a me man so he could heal anyone that was injured! | On April 6, 1832, BlackHawk and his 1000 men, women, and children went back to Illinois for a second attempt to try to take their homeland back.

3: He's full name is Black sparrow Hawk and was married to a women named singing bird.

4: Black Hawk was independent minded and strong. As a young man, he recognized the dangers of alcohol and decided never to drink the "fire water." He went against another Sauk custom of marrying more than one woman. Black Hawk married young and remained loyal to his wife, Asshewaqua (Singing Bird) throughout his life. Most successful warriors married several women.

5: Together they had two daughters and three sons. Among Black Hawk's descendants was legendary athlete Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was Black Hawk's great-grandson.

6: During the War of 1812, Black Hawk fought on the side of the British. Later he led a band of Sauk and Fox warriors, known as the British Band, against European-American settlers in Illinois and present-day Wisconsin in the 1832 Black Hawk War.

7: Black Hawk's warriors were constantly outnumbered by Federal troops and milita. In addition to these forces, Sioux and Winnebago Indians served with the Federal troops.

8: Finally the Sauk were cornered and defeated at the Battle of Bad Axe on August 2nd, 1832. Black Hawk and his son (Whirling Thunder) were made prisoners and shown around the country by President Andrew Jackson as spoils of war. The rest were removed to "Indian Territory" to the west.

9: After the war, he was captured and taken to the eastern U.S., where he and other leaders toured several cities. Black Hawk died in 1838 in what is now southeastern Iowa. He left behind an enduring legacy through many eponyms and other tributes.

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