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Video: Outstanding MSNBC editorial concerning Native American genocide

Video:  Outstanding MSNBC editorial concerning Native American genocide

 

November is National Native American Heritage Month.  Please do what you can in your own community to explain the valuable contributions of the Western Hemisphere’s indigenous peoples to those all over the world.  Seventy percent of the vegetables, grains and fruits, consumed by humans today were developed in the New World. 

Would you believe that the original proposal for a “American Indian Heritage Day” came from the Boy Scouts of America over a century ago?   The month-long celebration still has only semi-official status by the federal government and a few state governments.

 

 

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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. havencroft1979@gmail.com'

    Wonder what the early Aborigine thought about the invaders who exterminated them? You know, all those other aborigine invaders who came into the country and waged war on the men, women and children of the original indigenous tribes? Then, when the Europeans came to America, the aborigine fought with them and killed their men, women and children. Is it the Europeans’ fault that they were better warriors? Remember, the Europeans could have exterminated every Indigenous aborigine in America if they had wanted to do so. The Europeans stopped the inter-tribal warfare that had gone on for generations, right? The early aborigine must be rolling in their graves over the whining taking place now from some of their mixed-race, casino descendants.

    Blaming the “White Man” for the problems of the rez natives reminds me of what the ghetto, BLM blacks are doing.

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  2. adamfreeman1861@gmail.com'

    You chose not to post my comment. I consider that reprehensible and I am very disappointed in you!!

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    • Actually, my internet service went off this morning around 8:20 AM and didn’t come back on again till a few minutes ago around 1:50 PM. I just now saw your other comment and approved it, although I certainly don’t concur.

      We going to let both your comments stand as is. I don’t have say a thing.

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      • adamfreeman1861@gmail.com'

        I apologize for my wrong assumption, but exactly what part of my comment do you not “concur”? Having relatives on both sides of the argument, coupled with reading the stories from the early explorers, helps me to understand both sides to some extent. I guess I never bought into the “Noble Savage” of the fiction books and films.

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        • Neither the British nor the French stole land from the Creek Confederacy. They purchased it. Actually, the French only owned land around Fort Toulouse and Bussell Island, TN. Spaniards tried to steal Southwest Georgia and Spaniards died. Immediately after Georgia became independent of Great Britain, state officials began stealing vast tracts from the Creeks through direct land grabs and secret treaties with the Cherokees. Twentieth century Georgians created a fictional history that claimed that Cherokees conquered those stolen lands before the American Revolution. Between 1827 and the 1890s, wealthy white planters in Alabama, Georgia and Florida would connive with local magistrates and sheriffs to steal Creek, Seminole and Uchee farms. These were families, who were legally citizens of those states and owned their lands fee simple. Sheriff’s posse’s would suddenly appear at their homes, armed to the teeth. The families would be put in chains and then watch everything they owned seized and auctioned at a fraction of their value on courthouse steps. The last major land seizures occurred along the Ocmulgee River and in the Okefenokee Swamp in the 1890s. Wealthy northerners, who owned timber companies, filed quit claim deeds on Creek farms and then had the families evicted by sheriff’s posses before the people knew what was happening. My mother’s families Revolutionary War Era reserve (3,000 acres) was seized in this manner in 1870. Eventually, during the Roosevelt Administration, each descendant was paid $38 by the federal government, which was far less than the original or 1930s value of the tract. Their lands became the heart of Lake Russell on the Savannah River.

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          • The property rights laws have been virtually unchanged in the United States since 1790. These people who stole land of Creek families, who were state citizens, were therefore operating under “today’s standards” and therefore should be judged to be the criminals that they were.

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