200 years later, Chicago battle provokes new fight

June 18, 2012 - 6:45 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Just because a battle happened in 1812 doesn't mean there isn't anything left to fight about.

Chicago Alderman Edward Burke is learning that as he pushes for a day of remembrance on Aug. 15 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

The clash between U.S. soldiers and Native Americans allied with the British during the War of 1812 left 60 Americans and 15 Native Americans dead.

Burke has offended a local Native American leader, Joseph Podlasek, who says the alderman's comments, including a call to "smoke a peace pipe," trivialize Native American traditions.

Burke has apologized and rewritten a city resolution about the battle to address some concerns. But Podlasek says Burke unfairly portrayed Native Americans as brutal savages again in a speech Monday.