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Video Explains How the Haudenosaunee Helped America Form

 It is well known, at least in American Indian circles, that the U.S. government was modeled partly on the treaties and themes that comprised the Iroquois Confederacy. What better way to kick off Native American Heritage Month than with a video overview and detailed explanation of exactly how that came to pass?

“When settlers arrived in the New World, one of the first cultures they encountered was the Haudenosaunee, a confederation of tribes that had already been practicing representative democracy for hundreds of years,” notes the commentary for Injunuity’s video explaining how it all went down.

“How much influence did that existing democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know.”


Donald Grinde, Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Buffalo, provides the voiceover for this video, released in November 2013. From Benjamin Franklin’s ears, to Independence Hall in Philadelphia circa 1776, the route and origin of these ideas is clear.
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