Archive for November 2009
Exchanging wampum in a gesture of reconciliation, members of New York’s oldest church apologized Friday to Native Americans for their suffering that began 400 years ago.
New York Daily News comment
I work in the archaeology required by law, which could be improved, no state laws in NY protecting graves were they are, federally "protected" after they’re removed, and at last check, no real NYC Landmarks Preservation protecting other sub-surface remains, i.e, mostly standing structures, over 40 years, if they’re allowed, often their history too ignored as the "architecture" evaluation takes precedent, not the "social history" inside. My point, is that perhaps we’re apologizing to just some of the people. I’ve learned or heard, after Governor Kieft was recalled to Holland, after the war he started with the natives around New Amsterdam, a treaty, the first, was signed between the English and the Dutch over the "Oyster War". The once native Algonkian speakers (New England), the Weckqueskeck of the Bronx and Westchester, the Lenape spoke a Delaware dialect, are said to have had their last village in Dobbs Ferry, NY, there a monument attests in Westchester County. They were lured over…
…over to New Jersey for what they thought was protection from various allied natives and settlers, and massacred according to the American Heritage history book on "Indians". The treaty I heard put their remaining numbers among other Algonkian speakers, in Nissoquogue, near Smithtown on Long Island as part of the Dutch/English treaty, perhaps the first "reservation" in North America. Their descendants have been theorized to be among the Unkechogue near Old Mastic on the Forge River, and the William Floyd Manor, a New York signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Revolutionary War general buried in Upstate New York. I worked on the archaeology of the manor before it opened to the public, its family left it to become part of the Fire Island National Seashore, a federal wilderness in NY. We must remember all the other natives too who inhabited Long Island and still do today, they deserve an apology too, never a recorded hostility in our history with them, the "wampum" makers.
Newsvine – U.S. was ‘hell bent’ on Iraq war, U.K. envoy says: “I thought I read that the US was paid to conduct the invasion of Iraq the first time, i.e., $80 billion, and if we had RFID then, we wouldn’t have lost $1.5 billion in material left and lost on the beach, that, perhaps since, like the often mistaken urban legend, ‘tore down the 3rd Ave. El sold it to the Japanese and they fired it back at us’ is used against us there and elsewhere from the first Iraq invasion operation, according to the award given to the inventor by the DOD, their facts not mine. By the way the El train stayed up on 3rd Ave. in the Bronx until the Cold War. A Japanese architect designed the WTC and ‘Twin Towers’ the first to use nut-and-bolt construction instead of rivets.
It seems confusing, that, as we entered Afghanizstan just after the events of 9/11/01, after which then PM Tony Blair warned we were going to lose some of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, long after the failure of diplomacy over the shared oil field under the ‘line in the sand’ between Kuwait and Iraq, and Iraq had turned into the state of ‘billigerent’ for the invasion when Kuwait failed to appear at negotiations. It would be hard to argue we weren’t ‘hell bent’ the call of patriotism was/is very strong, and participation in the first coalition had cost practically ‘nothing’ in funds, at least as I recall it. In fact we have had much to lose, though as Nathan Hale, his statue in 1999 moved to the front of City Hall Park in NYC, when I was excavating in the ‘first almshouse cemetery’ in it, was known to have voiced a regret of having only one life to lose for his country, it is still a fact that we do, and we should examine closely those that would give it away.”
I think it’s Pravda, that’s reporting the cost to US taxpayers for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to be a quadrillion or 1000 trillion dollars, which we seem to think we can afford. What we should afford is election reform. A 20 multiple choice test questions for citizens from the US, asked who elects the President? The correct answer is the Electoral College, answer the people and you would have been marked wrong. That system allows, as I understand it, for one persons vote in one state of 50 to swing the Electoral College over to one of the parties. Interestingly, the President and Vice President in the early days of the republic could and were from different parties, a “coalition” of sorts until changed, but the Electoral College remained unchanged. The state of Maine is changing that, adjusting Electoral College votes to reflect the popular numbers actually voted by its citizens as best possible. Let’s hope “as Maine goes so goes the Nation” up to the States of the Union how they are counted and used under the US Constitution.
Happy Thanksgiving! Did you know the Declaration of Independence was probably signed with ink made from pokeberries fermented in a pumpkin?