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Fulfill The Obligation


Dear Editor,

Please urge your readers to write and call this week their New York State Assemblyman and Senator urging him to vote in favor of the pending Unmarked Burial Site Protection Act. We support the adoption of the Unmarked Burial Site Protection Act. Currently, New York is one of the few states lacking guidelines regarding the discovery, disposition, and/or preservation of unmarked colonial Native American graves. The above legislation would meet that need and close that gap providing the public with much-needed guidance in such situations.

We, the descendents of Algonquin-speaking people of Long Island and New England have a responsibility and an obligation passed on to us by our ancestors to protect the land and memory of our ancient communities. No indigenous community in North America has willfully or intentionally disturbed ancient burial sites or other known sacred and consecrated remains. To do so would bring shame and dishonor on our descendants.

It is our mission to fulfill the obligation and responsibility given to us by our ancestors to protect the land and those buried underneath it. It is also our mission to fulfill the obligation and responsibility given to us by our ancestors to protect the land and those buried underneath it. It is also our mission to educate and promote knowledge regarding the historical and cultural histories of our communities for ourselves and our future generations.

As we speak, without guidance, bulldozers are digging up our colonial and Native American sacred lands and our ancestors building Mac Mansions. No fair-minded person can agree to this. This has to stop. The proposed Unmarked Burial Site Protection Act is an important guidance and graves preservation step, which we endorse.

REBECCA GENIA
June 20, 2006

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