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I loved the pictures and the article that was published in the Pantagraph on June 3 titled, "Powwow dances back."

It was wonderful that five Indian tribes got to participate in the two-day ceremonies near LeRoy, which consisted of dancers, singers and drummers.

The Indians are the first Americans, but they are the least known of all members of the American population.

They were here in America five centuries ago when Christopher Columbus lighted on the shores of the New World with his ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

They have participated in our wars as pilots, navigators, gunners, machinists, signalmen, spotters, regular GIs and code talkers.

They are a kind and gentle people: the Sioux, Crow, Pawnee, Zuni, Apache, Shoshone, Comanche, Kiowa, Ute, Osage, Ponca, Cherokee, Mohawk, Hopi, Navajo, Cheyenne and Chippewa, to name a few of the tribes.

Madelyn Warrick Haning

Sullivan

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