Return the Land
Roger Welsch

Roger has been friends with many native Americans. His experience with having Pawnee elders "waded into the river, fully dressed, crying, talking to the water, praying, singing, remembering." This made a change in what happened to the land.

"A small group of leaders from the Pawnee Nation were visiting us when they asked to see the river – the Loup River that borders our land. Loup is French for wolf, and it was named for the Loup, or Wolf, Pawnee. As we quickly saw and learned, its waters remain sacred to the Pawnee, even though they have been separated from it for almost a century and a half.

We first considered leaving our home and land to the Pawnee in our wills. Years later, because of complicated circumstances, we simply signed the deed over to the Pawnee asking only that we be allowed to live here until we die or leave. Thus, the Pawnee came again to own 60 acres of their ancestral lands in Nebraska for the first time in 140 years.'

Have you heard of others returning land to the original native groups, from which it was taken? Please share if you know of this being done in other US Places. I learned about the return of land from Gale Bonifield Pemberton via Pawnee Art Center, Dannebrog, NE.


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