There were ten million Native Americans on
this continent when the first non-Indians arrived.
Over the next 300 years, 90% of all Native American original population
was either wiped out by disease, famine, or warfare imported by the whites.
By 1840 all the eastern tribes had been subdued,
annihilated or forcibly removed to
Indian Territory west of the Mississippi.
Last weekend was the 12th Annual
Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow
held in Columbia City, Indiana.
The following are two relatively short
clips of musician Arvil Bird and the
opening ceremony. Like most areas
over the weekend, it was major hot.
Speakers spoke about taking responsibility,
speaking positively and making attempts
to see the other side, without being hostile.
Unlike the news stories of recent town hall
meetings around the country.