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When Indiana's most distinguished citizens receive the Sagamore of the Wabash award, they read a parchment that calls them to serve as counsel to the governor. This was Governor Gates' inspiration in 1942 to bestow the honor:
To enlist our best minds and talents to make Indiana better.
The formation of the Society of the Sagamores will facilitate this grand vision by designing creative opportunities for the Sagamores to dialogue with the sitting governor, past governors, and other state leaders in pursuit of innovative solutions to our greatest challenges.