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Monday, December 4, 2023 – The Native role in America’s War of Independence

The American Revolution is mostly portrayed as an epic struggle between the colonies and the British. But Native tribes and individuals played a significant role in the historic War of Independence. It was a difficult choice for tribes, who were neither British subjects nor supporters of the encroaching colonies. We’ll get the Native perspective on America’s first war.


Chairman Tehassi Hill (Oneida), chairman of the Oneida Indian Nation

Peter Jemison (Seneca [Heron Clan]), artist and Historic Site Manager (retired) at Ganondagan State Historic Site

JoAnn Schedler (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians), retired Army Major and author of the Official National Park Service Handbook American Indians and the Civil War

Curtis Zunigha (Delaware Tribe of Indians), co-director of the Lenape Center

Break 1 Music: Until We Break (song) Klee Benally (artist) Appropriation (album)

Break 2 Music: Pisuppunga (song) Twin Flames (artist) Omen (album)