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Native America Calling: The Native role in America’s War of Independence
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.

Tune into Native America Calling to get the Native perspective on America’s first war.

Joseph Louis Cook, or Akiatonharónkwen
Joseph Louis Cook, or Akiatonharónkwen, served as commissioned officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was born to an African father and an Abenaki mother. After he and his mother were taken captive, they were adopted into the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake in present-day Canada. Image: Yale University Art Gallery

Guests on Native America Calling

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

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

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

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