A Student of History

January 14, 2007

This land is whose land?

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 6:26 pm

That is the clever way Ken Ritter introduces an article of his in the Washington Times, regarding Native Americans and title to land in the west.

The way Allen Moss sees it, vast stretches of the West and all of their wealth belong to the Indians. Despite being turned back in lawsuit after lawsuit for decades, the Western Shoshone leader says he won’t rest until the U.S. government honors a 19th-century treaty that the tribe says entitles it to reclaim ancestral lands extending from California through Nevada and Utah to Idaho.

According to  www.shoshoneindian.com, “today, the Shoshone are still waiting to become a Federally recognized tribe, along with over 200 other Native American tribes such as the California Chumash and the North-Eastern Abenakis.  There has been much controversy surrounding the U.S. Government’s plans to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition.” 

For the rest of the piece, click here.

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