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Subject:  Re: OT: Reparations Date:  6/5/2001  1:10 PM
Author:  wycowboy2 Number:  40987 of 744175

"It's their's isn't it? They were here first, even if you could argue endlessly about what territory the tribes claimed." Yes, we were among the first.
We owned no land, as the English thought we did. Therefore, in part you paid for something we never owned (reparation for moving us across the land almost to the Pacific). We used tools (weapons, knives, spears, pots, bow and arrow) to control and dominte the land upon which the Great Creator put us. We grew our own food, traded amongst other tribes and generally lived in harmony. Oh, yes we warred against our neighbors and made peace thereafter. We had treaties amongst ourselves, to not encroach upon other tribes' lands. Our land is sacred to us, much like your burial grounds are sacred to your people. We do not defile them and nor should you. We had our own religion, long before Christianity and Indian schools were forced upon us. But then I digress too much.

"If we truly agree that appropriate reparations should be made to the dead, then we should pack our bags and give this country back"We will consider this at council, however, should they decide to let you stay, the rent will go up.

"The fact is though, we had the guns, and they had the arrows and we're staying." Very true, but had it been different, where we had the guns and you had the arrows, you'd still be in England. OTH, had we been equal in strength and weaponry, we might have been able to live in controlled peace.
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