How We Chose Our Chapter Name

In 2004 several women gathered to form a new DAR chapter in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan known
as the "U.P."  The woman who began the organization of the chapter, Rose Edwards, lived in Baraga, a
town located on Lake Superior and in the U.P.'s western part.  Baraga is the home of the Keewaunaw
Bay Indian Community Band of Chippewa Indians.  Rose is a member and proud of her Native American
heritage.  As the Organizing Regent, she suggested on-a-go-ming-kway as a possible name for
the chapter.

She explained the name:  all female Chippewa names  have kway at the end because it means "woman" and
the onagoming means "lake".  Most of the women in the organizing group were also from Lake Superior
towns - Houghton, Calumet, and Marquette.  To honor the Chippewa heritage in the U.P. and the many
brave women who have lived by the mighty Lake Superior, the thirteen organizing members of the Michigan
Chapter #4068 selected Onagomingkway meaning "Women by the Lake" to be its name.

 

 

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