As we celebrate July 4th and founding of our Great Nation, thoughts of inclusion keep resonating in my mind. Did you know that Six Native American Nations created the Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth? The Confederation included the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca and Tuscarora. These nations established a government dedicated to life, liberty and happiness for all. It was governed by a constitution, The Great Law of Peace. The league’s Great Council created their Constitution. So vivid were their examples of democratic self-government that many historians have argued that the Great Law of Peace directly inspired the American Constitution. The Tree of Peace pictured here was the symbol of their Democracy. Make note of the American eagle at the top of the tree.
Did you know that The Oneida Nation was America’s first ally in the Revolutionary War? To further demonstrate their continued commitment and shared history with our Founding Fathers. The Oneida’s donated $10 million to The American Revolution Museum in Philadelphia. The Museum presents multiple historical perspectives through the eyes of real people who lived during the Revolution. The Museum’s Mission is to empower people to think critically, understand and respect the views of others, and to make positive changes in their community and beyond. Another act of inclusion that supported our war for freedom is the 9,000 African American soldiers who served in the American Revolution. Visit the Museum’s website https://www.amrevmuseum.org/. Discover and connect with the collective effort that created our great Democracy. Let us all celebrate with pride the fact that we are a great nation founded on inclusion. Thank you to all who brought forth its birth. …..margiesdaughter.com