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Howard County bares an unusual significance in Hoosier history as the only county to have ever been renamed. But its original name- sake, a prominent civil chief of the Miami In- dians, has garnered re- newed attention thanks, in part, to his descen- dant Tyler Moore's run for mayor, as well as the 175th anniversary of the founding of the county. Prior to becoming known by its mod- ern-day moniker, How- ard County first existed as Richardville County. That name, garnered at the time of the county's founding in 1839 after the Miami Indian's ced- ed the last of their land to the state, came from Miami Civil Chief Jean Baptiste Richardville. Also known as John B. Richardville or by his Miami name, Peshe- wa, meaning the wild- cat, Richardville rose to prominence in negotiat- ing multiple treaties be- tween the United States and Miami Indians. And one of his direct descen- dants, Moore, remains prominent today as a Howard County Com- missioner and Republi- can candidate for mayor. According to the writings of historian Craig Leonard, Rich- ardville was the son of French-Canadian trader Joseph Druet de Rich- ardville and Tacum- wa. According to Allen County-Fort Wayne His- torical Society, Tacum- wa was the sister to the Miami War Chief Little Turtle. Born about 1761 in the Miami village of Keki- onga, which today is known as Fort Wayne, Richardville served as the civil chief of the Mi- ami Indians from 1816 to the time of his death in 1841. Renowned for his ne- gotiating skills, which historical references credit to his mixed her- itage, allowing him to better understand both the cultures of the Mi- ami and European cul- ture, Richardville was amongst those who signed the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. He again garnered a simi- lar distinction after the State legislators stalled a bill intended to extend the statute of limitations for civil suits against those responsible for the sexual abuse of children. Last week the State Senate Judiciary Committee put the brakes on Senate Bill 219, which aimed to temporarily end the statute of limitations on sexual abuse civil suits for a three-year period, allowing for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue abusers or the entities whose negligence led to the abuse. The decision to send the bill to a summer study committee came after the testimony of multiple victims and their advocates pushing for the bill's passage. The Judiciary Committee's chair, Sen. Randall Head (R-Logansport), led the effort to send the bill to committee for fear of causing damage by moving forward with the action prior to studying the issue. The move, though, was met with opposition from other committee members. Sen. Jim Merrit (R-Indianapolis) filed Senate Bill 219 this year partially in response to recent high-profile instances of institutional failures related to protecting children from sexual abuse. Both in interviews and in testimony last week, he has cited the USA gymnastics and swimming scandals where competitors were sexually abused by coaches and similar authoritative figures, but complaints allegedly were ignored by the organizations. I think it's important to have everybody accountable, said Merritt. As you know we have countless stories, including the USA diving, Jared Fogle, Dr. Nassar, Coach Sandusky. There's a myriad of situations, and a myriad of examples. Advocates of the bill claim that victims are left with little recourse because it often takes years for them to come to terms with the abuse. During this time the seven-year statute of limitations for civil action in such a case often expires, leaving victims with few options. Former gymnast Jennifer Woodward was among those who testified last week. She claimed to have Three Democratic candidates seeking ices in this year's city election are under fire after their eligibility in the upcoming election has been questioned. CAN-1 forms, or candidate filing challenge forms, were filed last week against Kokomo Common Council at- large candidates Chris Wendt and Bob Hayes, an incumbent. Another also was filed against District 2 candidate Jimmy Jones. Now the local election board will be forced to weigh in on the challenges, determining whether each candidate can remain on the ballot this year. The challenge filed against Hayes serves as the only one directed at an incumbent candidate. Hayes, who currently serves as the president of the Kokomo Common Council, was challenged on grounds concerning his residency in Kokomo. Joshua Layton, a Kokomo resident, wrote in the CAN-1 filing that Hayes' primary residency may not be Howard County. Attached to the filing was a print out from Geographic Information System (GIS), showing Hayes listed as an owner of a property, along with his wife, in Osceola, Ind. In his filing for candidacy Hayes listed a Kokomo MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 February 20, 2019 515 West Sycamore Street P .O. Box 958 Kokomo, IN 46903-0958 Phone: 765-457-9321 Fax: 765-452-0882 boaksattorney@yahoo.com Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Richardville A2 Candidates A6 Abuse A7 February 20 2019 Inside: Section C by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Kokomo Perspective's WEATHERPHONE For 24/7 up-to-date weather 457-9211 Sexual abuse statute of limitations bill stalled at Statehouse Hayes faces challenge based upon residency, Wendt and Jones for never voting in primaries Bill set to move to summer study committee Perspective Photo / Wikipedia HISTORIC FIGURE - Chief Jean Baptiste Richard- ville served as Howard County's original name- sake when it first was known as Richardville County. Three candidates' eligibility challenged Who was Jean Baptiste Richardville? Tyler Moore, descendant of the Miami Indian chief, shines light on Richardville's legacy Hayes Head Wendt Jones

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