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February 8, 2013

Is history repeating itself?

The date was July 17, 1952, the last day of a great council in Albany, N.Y., that had lasted many days. In attendance were the colonial ambassadors of the colony and the chiefs of the Iroquois Confederacy.

The latter had been in existence for more than 200 years and it was the strongest group of Native Americans in the east. The colonial ambassadors were attempting to convince the Iroquois to ally themselves with the British in the attempt to drive out the French and take control of the North American continent. At the same time, the French were attempting to gain allies among the various tribes to drive out the English.

On this day, Scanandoa, an Oneida who was by far the oldest and certainly the wisest of the chiefs, arose to address his fellow chiefs.

In an eloquent speech, he told them how both the French and the English approached the various tribes with gifts and promises, pretending to be their friends, but in truth, only wanting to use them to help destroy their enemies. He warned his fellow Iroquois that no matter whether the English of the French emerged victorious, the victor would then turn on the Iroquois and drive them from their lands.

No one paid much attention to him, but he was right. Within 30 years, the Iroquois Confederacy was dissolved and within 50 years the Iroquois had lost virtually everything.

Today the American people are in the same position as the Iroquois were in 1752. Those who are attempting to woo us are not foreigners. Instead, they are called Democrats and Republicans.

They both pretend to be our friends and and entice us with gifts and promises, albeit of a different kind. It is not their intention to destroy us, but unless we wake up that will be the result.

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