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July 4th - Learn the Story Behind The Story - The Great Law

Society & Culture  (tags: July 4th, Haudenosaunee, The Great Law, Injunuity, Deganawida, Benjamin Franklin, Hiawatha, Democracy, philadelphia )

- 1749 days ago -
When settlers arrived in the New World, they encountered the Haudenosaunee, a confederation of tribes that had already been practicing representative democracy for hundreds of years. How much influence did that existing democracy have on us today, a lot.


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divergent r (309)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:27 am
I know judges who spend their vacations speaking with tribal elders about law, the Sioux had a commanding system.
Thanks Dandelion

Sheila D (194)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 12:20 pm
Now there's something that needs to be taught in our schools. Seems in our arrogance we forgot, or chose to forget, where our Founding Fathers got many of their ideas. Thanks for this informative video...never knew any of this.

Pat B (356)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 12:31 pm
How very interesting, passing this one on too. Thank you, Dandelion.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 1:25 pm
Noted and shared. This was a very interesting video and certainly something of which I was completely and totally unaware. Thank you so much for sharing this Sheryl!

Vallee R (280)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:16 pm
Excellent info - thanks,

Animae C (509)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 3:47 pm

Thank You Dandelion


Rose Becke (141)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 4:37 pm
Great Vid Dandelion and welcome back

Mandi T (366)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 5:34 pm
Welcome back!! noted

Arlene C (28)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:01 pm
Merci Dandelion

Devon Leonard (54)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:15 pm
Excellent to share right before the 4th of July Dandelion!!

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 7:33 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting, Dandelion!

MmAway M (522)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 8:41 pm
Darling Sheryl Thanks so much! When I come here I LOOK for your news! Dandelion News Search! Happy 4th and a Blessed Day to YOU!

Edith B (146)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 9:02 pm
Thanks, Sheryl. I am sharing this with friends who probably don't know this either. Glad you are back.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 9:20 pm
Thanks everyone, is good to be back with you all again as well.

TomCat S (128)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 11:35 pm
Welcome back, Sheryl. I was aware of our political debt to the Iroquois, but not in this detail. Thanks!

P A (117)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:26 am
Thanks Dandelion - fascinating!

Maria S (95)
Friday July 4, 2014, 1:30 am
Thanks Dandelion for sharing this very imformative video. Glad I read and learnt something, I was never taught (went to elemetary school in U.S).

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday July 4, 2014, 3:06 am
Thanks for the historylesson Sheryl.

Terrie W (798)
Friday July 4, 2014, 6:10 am
Thanks for the video, Sheryl!!!

Winn A (179)
Friday July 4, 2014, 6:53 am
Thanks Sheryl. Very interesting and I agree with other comments that this should be information for all students.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday July 4, 2014, 7:55 am
Very interesting...and welcome back.

Marija M (25)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:35 pm
Interesting, tks for sharing Sheryl!

Yvonne White (229)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:42 pm
We did learn something similar to that in American History class in High School. The saddest thing to me was that the Cherokee had Representatives in Congress until Andy Jackson got in & revoked all Native American rights & treaties..:(

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 4, 2014, 1:09 pm
Yes, Andrew Jackson was certainly not friendly.....putting that mildly, to the Native Americans. He was hell in fact.

Laura T (105)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 12:26 am
thank you.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 8:23 pm
I grew up in western Ny and had no clue the 6 nations used to be there...

learned alot..seems the white man is a bit intimidated by the first people of this country or they wouldnt have acted the way they did and still are
thanks for all the info Dandelion

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday September 19, 2014, 1:31 pm
I wasn't around on Internet much this summer, so I missed this contribution of yours, Sheryl.

I have really never heard about Jefferson, Monroe & Madison --or Benjamin Franklin, for that matter, having anything to do with Native Americans. Seems at school they made us study the Revolutionary War & the colonial period every single year! We never learned about the ancient Greek or ancient Roman civilizations!
And even though so much time was spent on events leading up to the Revolutionary War -the 13 original colonies & 'Give me liberty or give me death', the rousing pamphleteer Thomas Paine -- and the Declaration of Independence, NEVER did anyone teach us how our Founding Fathers met with Native American leaders to talk about good governance. This is unexplored territory for me.
How sad it is that our educations were so incomplete & biased...

Sheryl G (359)
Friday September 19, 2014, 10:29 pm
If you look at the comments above your own you will see that this wasn't taught. As they say, the history is wrote by the victorious. Can't have those "savages" looking too good, so best one reads is the Thanksgiving story and little if anything more. This is absolute disgrace that this isn't taught as it's the cornerstone of the beginnings of a Country and how it has continued to take from a group of people and never give anything back, including entry in history books.
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