“You know, the highest honor an Indiana governor gives is called the Sagamore of the Wabash…[It’s] given for wisdom, and public commitment, and a concern for the well-being of others. So, I’d say that Sagamore chose its name well, and is living up to
it every day.” - Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Society of Sagamores
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.
Key Features of the Society of the Sagamores:
-Annual luncheon in Indianapolis or regional city
-Interaction with state political leaders and national leaders
-Opportunities to offer policy counsel and civic service
-Inspire the next generation of Indiana citizens
Inaugural Convening of Indiana’s Exemplary Citizens—Sagamores of the Wabash
Woven into the fabric of Indiana, Sagamore Institute proudly shares its name with the state's highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash. Like the award given by Indiana's governor to honor exemplary citizen contributions to the state, Sagamore Institute advances citizen-centered solutions to make Indiana more prosperous and a better society. To bolster a new generation of ideas for Indiana's future, Sagamore Institute will host the first-ever gathering of the Sagamore of the Wabash honorees at the Indiana Conference on Citizenship to seek their counsel and call them into action.