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November 26, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 26, 2013

Include Wea in Terre Haute’s ‘Walk of Fame’

I saw with interest the article in the Wednesday, Nov. 13, newspaper regarding the “Walk of Fame.” I must point out that once again the very people responsible for Terre Haute being here have been left out. I am speaking about the Wea Indians and their Old Orchard Town Village that was the forerunner of present day Terre Haute.  

Were it not for these people, Terre Haute may well have not even been here, for it was their village that brought the traders and commerce to this location, as there were many other locations along the Wabash River that provided good places for crossing.

The fact the our state is named Indiana, Land Of The Indian, also seems to have been lost on the powers that be. I have spoken with Mr. Garrison several times regarding this, but to date the Wea have never been included to my knowledge.

After looking over the different categories, I think there are at least three where the Wea could be included; Arts & Culture, Education & Social Sciences, and Civic & Social Services. The Wea, while having their own villages, were at one time a part of the Miami Confederation, and an important part of the history of the State of Indiana.

I for one would love to see the ancestors of this state be included and honored in this historical portrayal of Indiana, as most of the sites of the big cities of this state sit on the sites of former Native American villages.

Perhaps next year they could be included. It would be a wonderful addition to the history of Terre Haute.

— Vicki R. Rainbolt

Enrolled Member of the

Cherokee Tribe of

Northeast Alabama


You can pardon a holiday turkey

President Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance — one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.

And here are more reasons:

• You will stay alert through the entire football game.

• You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

• Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

• You won’t have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.

• Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

• You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

• You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

• Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature a Tofurky, lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

— Theo Mattson

Terre Haute

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