Re: JC's Query re the Walking Purchase

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Posted by JC on July 29, 1998 at 14:42:56:

In Reply to: Re: JC's Query re the Walking Purchase posted by ann on July 29, 1998 at 13:22:56:

Ann writes,

: At one point, the native americans sold their fellow indians from other tribes as slaves. So, the saga was not pure black & white -- as usual there were shades of gray.

: Do you know which tribe you're descended from? ARE a true American......those of us descended from Europeans cannot claim that for more than a few hundred years back:o) wishes, ann

JC replies:


Shades of gray is a very fitting phrase to use here. Americas history is full of tragedy for all concerned. As I research the Deleware tribe I descend from, I am pained how they were pushed out of their land further and further west until they were forced into Oklahoma, thrown in with the Cherokee Nation, and until a few years ago, not even recognized as an official tribe-much in the same way a poster from last week was probably pained to find out more about his/her white settler ancestors being killed by Indians. What I feel is unfair, may be what another feels is revenge.

As far as me being a true American, I don't know about that. What is the definition of a "true" American anyway? I only have a little Indian blood in me, Irish features, and an English name. What weighs so heavily in my mind, in my heart, and in my soul is thinking about what life was like for my full-blooded Deleware g-g-grandfather.


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