On Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm, The Institute for American Indian Studies will present “Locally Grown History Event: American Indians and the Revolutionary War”.
Native American tribes in the West were fearful of American expansion into their traditional tribal grounds tended to become British loyalists and joined in fighting against the colonists.
Tribes along the East coast who had become part of American-English society viewed the revolution as an opportunity to prove themselves worthy of political and social equality politically by exhibiting loyalty to their neighbors.
Stockbridge Militia, a military unit from Stockbridge, MA served in the American Revolutionary War. Composed of Native Americans, mostly Mahican, Schaghticoke, Wappani and Munsee these tribes aligned themselves with the colonies. They became the first Native unit to fight against the British during the revolution.
Local artist, historian and writer, David R. Wagner will discuss their story of courage, sacrifice and pride that is often overlooked as the glories of the American Revolution are remembered.
The cost of admission included in regular museum admission, which is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $3 for children.