Wakahahuppon

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Wakahahuppon 1912

Wakahahuppon, also named as "John, the bear" was the last great chief of native tribes in Latina. Born 1851 in a tent in Mil Ojes he died 1925 as member of the senate of Latina in Latina (Cidudad). His indigen name means "standing bear" and this name bescribes him good - he was great 2,01 m.

After the unitification 1824 of the former colonies of New Holland and Latina more and more people settled in the former land of native tribes in the area of what now are the provinces of Scippo, Rio Bravo, Mil Ojes and the northeastern part of Rio Norte. The native people were driven away with violence. So til the 1870ies only Mil Ojes, the land of 1000 lakes, the northern parts of the valleys of Rio Bravo and Rio San Gabriel and the valley of the Rio Derecho in the province Rio Norte were in the hands of the native people.

Formerly each tribe fights alone (or aginst the other tribes). But then 1874 in a meeting near Tacola in the north of Mil Ojes the chiefs of the indigen tribes make the arrangement, to fight united against the troops of Latina. So 1880 they buried down Lupo blanco and in the same year they go down the Rio Bravo and fight near Givullion. Here the troops of Latina can stop the native army.

The chiefs then moved to the west over the mountains. With a new strong army they stand in july 1882 in front of Tentoten at Rio Norte, trying to conquer the area north of the Porta Ferra. Here they were defeated and Wakahahuppon was prisoned with the other chiefs.

They were accuses December 1882 for crimes like murder, robbery, rape and burning at the court of Mendoza. But theyr lawyers bring the argument, that the indigene tribes are nothing else as a party in a war for their homelands and this case shall not be a thing of a criminal court, but of an peace-arrangement between two independent countries.

At the Constitution Court in Latina in 9th of February 1883 they were recognized as regulary leader of an army of an independent state and set free without any condition. Part of this deal was in the background the capitulation of all troops of the indigene tribes, a global amnesty and that all indigene people now are regulaire citizens of Latina. All private indemnities of latinian people in the war are payed by the republic of Latina itself. Therefore the territories of the indigene people are incorporated to the republic of Latina, but indigene people get the private ownership of the land - may be as tribe or individual.

Wakahuppon began to study law at the university of Cordoba and become lawyer 1887, then practizising in Latina (Cidudad). He worked then for the interests of the indigene people too with publishing in the great newspapers of Latina. He was in no political party, but 1890 Wakahahuppon become member of the senate of Latina, only 39 years old (by the constitution of Latina a member must be 50 years). This was the initiative of president Gianni Vongole (president 1889 - 1901), to bind the indigene people more in the republician society.

In the senate he managed the three indigene reservates, founded 1909. So native people since then can live as normal citizens in Latina or as indigen people in the three native areas and can choose between both status as they want. This indigen areas are not accesible for non native-people, only with personally permission.

In his 35 years as member of the senate he was accepted as an intelligent and polite speaker, always able to find a compromise. Not bound to the usual political structures, he actioned independent. So he was not only the man of the indigen people, but many of the other latinian citizens trust him because this free mind.

1925 Wakahahuppon died in Latina (Cidudad), aged 74 years. He is buried at the cemetery "Honor de Patria" in Latina.