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Columbus, Georgia bans Native Americans from discos

Columbus, Georgia bans Native Americans from discos

 

The City of Columbus, GA still has a law on the books, which states that all Indians must be back across the Chattahoochee River in Alabama by nightfall.   

Guess you Native folks at Auburn University, plus those in Lee and Russell Counties, Alabama, will have to forget about “doing the night clubs”  on the water front in Columbus.    That explains why a small portion of Fort Benning is in Alabama . . . barracks for Native American soldiers.   And why Phenix City, Alabama was formerly one of the wildest places in the nation.    Injun boys gotta have fun too!

 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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  1. syblcranford@gmail.com'

    And what is the purpose of this new law in Columbus Richard? Who instigated this stupid law? Looks like some of those folks in Columbus need to do some
    History studying, because if it had not been for Us’ns, there would be no Columbus Jawja. I am not a happy camper about this.

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    • It is a very old law that someone has forgotten to remove from the books. Columbus was founded on top of a major Creek town, when the Creeks ceded all their lands east of the Chattahoochee River in 1827. For about a decade, Russell County, AL across the Chattahoochee River, was predominantly occupied by Creek families.

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  2. iwg42@hotmail.com'

    Hey Richard,
    Yeah them Injun boys sure had fun in Phenix City so much that in 1954 the Alabama Government declared martial law and took over the city because of the corruption. None other than Gen George S. (Old Blood and Guts) Patton, when he was stationed at Ft. Benning in the 30’s, wanted to take his tanks and “Mash Phenix City flat!” because of the way his soldiers were treated by the local (white) mob. I guess the Injuns were the “trouble makers” in the area and had to be kept away from good folks. LOL. They probably told the mob to get bent and leave them alone so they were in rebellion and had to be taught a lesson. The good thing is Phenix City is rated as one of the best small towns in the country now.
    Thanks again!

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  3. deedeedogwalkingdynamo@gmail.com'

    Retarded Old Laws…
    No Natives at the Disco? How crazy.

    What about the iconic (though silly) Village People?

    Felipe Rose (born January 12, 1954) is a founding member of the disco group the Village People, in which he is the Native American. His mother is Puerto Rican (possibly Taino?) and his father is Lakota Sioux.

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    • I don’t think that people in Columbus even know about the law today. However, it was enforced during the 1800s.

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  4. patsy.baker@mail.com'

    Ironic
    The land first belonged to those who were banished at dark. Many Columbus business clans took advantage of the trusting nature of the native people. When a man gave his word it was taken as being binding . There many land agreements were broken and land stolen that historians will never allow to see the light of day. The common Columbus businessman became wealthy on the backs of the Creek and Cherokee peoples.

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