May 10, 2022: Penn State, Stolen Lands & the Morrill Act, Bear Clan Mother Series #10
What we don't know? Why they don't want us to know? The truth would unravel this country. What created the wealth of prestigious universities in the United States? The Morrill Act!
To extinguish Indigenous title to land siphoned through the Morrill Act, the United States paid less than $400,000. But in truth, it often paid nothing at all. Not a single dollar was paid for more than a quarter of the parcels that supplied the grants — land confiscated through outright seizure or by treaties that were never ratified by the federal government.
Cornell University is number one benefactor of this corrupt act and Penn State is a close second. The grants of land raised endowments made 52 institutions across the United States very, very rich. Our day at Penn State was to remind them of their history and that a land acknowledgement is not enough. It needs to tell the true history and to make restitution to the future of Indigenous youth.
Penn State is a hop, skip and a jump from the famous Carlisle Residential School where many Haudenosaunee children were forcibly taken. The way history gets told by Penn State changed today as we met with Deans and Department Leaders. Proud of our delegation for changing the narrative. Nia:wen to Dr Hollie Kulago for inviting us.
Author: Wakerakats:te, Iakoiane of Roiane Tehanakari:ne
Bear Clan Mother of the Mohawk Nation Council,
Louise Bear Herne
Link to radio interview with Louise Herne, Michelle Shenandoah and Katsitsionni Fox :
Women Rising Radio: https://www.womenrisingradio.com/2022/12/26/women-rising-radio-44-indigenous-women-envision-rematriation/
Photograph: Katisionni Fox 5/10/2022
Bear Clan Mother Series #10
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