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Chief Seattle surrenders native land

January 22, 2013

Chief Seattle, from WikipediaPaul Harrison’s Elements of Pantheism observes January 22nd as the day Chief Seattle (Si’ahl) surrendered native land.  This tragic memorial gains poignancy from the bittersweet speech delivered by the chief a year earlier.  Controversy rages over the authenticity of the speech and its translations, but it remains one of the most well-known and admired pleas for Native American rights and environmentalist values.

Harrison quotes Seattle:

“Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people.”

Read the multiple versions of the speech here.

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