News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 30, 2013

Readers’ Forum: Dec. 31, 2013


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--- — Appreciation for Wea tribe support

I would like to take this time to personally thank Ramachandra B. Abbyankar for his response and support of my letter dated Nov. 26 regarding the inclusion of the Wea Native American Tribe in the Terre Haute Walk Of Fame. And to also thank Karanam S. Rao for his letter of Dec. 22 acknowledging that Native Americans do deserve recognition.

In the middle 1990s, I and some other people of Native American ancestry and interest created a not-for-profit organization, The Native American Foundation of Western Indiana. Our purpose was to place historical markers at established Native American sites throughout the state, and even a marker on each side, north, south, east and west, of the state telling about the tribes that actually called Indiana home.

Even though there were many tribes from all directions that came to Indiana to trade for desired items, there were only a few who actually called Indiana home. We hosted a Pow Wow every year, The Gathering of the People Pow Wow, to support this endeavor, now hosted by the Vigo County Conservation Club.

At the time we started out on this quest, we had no idea of the opposition we would meet with the State Historical Marker Bureau. Every time we proposed a marker for a specific location, the Marker Bureau wanted the wording to be about William Henry Harrison. I repeatedly explained that these markers were not about William Henry Harrison and his history, but about the Native American site and the history of the Native American people, be it village or battle and their history of what happened there.

We did succeed in getting one marker placed — the Old Orchard Wea Village site in Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute. The markers we wanted to put on all four sides of the state were immediately turned down by the Marker Bureau because we could not tell them who first said “Indiana, Land of the Indians.”

I might add this statement is in many of their brochures. I have notebooks full of emails back and forth with the Marker Bureau to back up these statements and the research we did regarding the sites we made applications for. I keep very good records.

When it was realized that we would never be able to achieve what the goals of the Foundation were, the Board of Directors, myself included voted to dissolved the Foundation and turn the remaining funds over to another not-for-profit, the Vigo Conservation Club, to continue the Gathering of the People Pow Wow.

Indiana has such a wonderful Native American history that goes back thousands of years, and more is being learned about it every day. We should honor this history and not ignore it. Indiana says it wants a viable tourism industry for the state, but it seems that if it does not have anything to do with racing or sports, they are not really interested, and that is a loss to us all.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts regarding the wonderful Native American ancestors of this state.

— Vicki R. Rainbolt, Brazil

Morality gets tossed out door

I am appalled. I feel that Indiana State University is doing a grave injustice in opposition to HJR-6. Civil unions, yes, but marriage between same-sex partners is an abomination and always will be.

Marriage from biblical time has been a man and a woman. Even animals know that sexual contact is between a male and female. Thus we have procreation as God intended.

It is as if sin no longer exists. Sure, people have choices — right or wrong. Our world has become so immoral because good people did not speak — not enough, anyway. If people choose to live together that is a choice, not a marriage. We are not to pick and choose which of the Ten Commandments we want to follow. They were given as rules to live by — not guidelines.

Will these same people rule out the Bible and Ten Commandments and that there is no morality? Choice is choice — right or wrong. Morality flew out the window and immorality flew in.

— Agnes Miller, Marshall, Ill.

Gas prices need an investigation

I have written about this several times before, but why are the people living in and around Terre Haute paying more for gas than people in Indy?

As of Monday, gas is $2.89 a gallon in Indy and $3.15 in Terre Haute. There seems to be more demand here in Sin City. How about somebody start investigating this instead of reporting on high gas prices? Where are our city and county leaders on this matter?

Maybe a lawsuit against the gas station owners would stop it, but you would have to go out of town for that.

— Butch King, Terre Haute