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Stop Indian casinos and save Nevada County

“They screamed an earthquake of death and tears. The water and ground red.”

Our government sanctioned “The Great Cherokee Children Massacre at Ywahoo Falls” of Aug. 10, 1810.

Thunderbolt People died protecting sacred sites. The women were raped, bellies cut open, murdered and scalped.

Those who died protecting sacred sites were part of my tribe. Should everybody today be responsible for what happened almost 200 years ago? Should you take care of me, give me welfare, a home, no taxes and let me have a gambling casino that no other race can have? No! I want sacred sites and heritage preserved.

In 1810, many Southern Cherokee had departed from the “Old Ways,” caving to the politicians and land speculators to steal land. They became rich by collecting black slaves. Many Southern Cherokee denounced and ridiculed the Thunderbolt Cherokee for their “Old Ways.”

Today, nearly 200 years later, politicians, land speculators and Indian casinos are causing Indians to depart from the “Old Ways.” All opposition is labeled as racist, “Old Way” Indians get evicted and lose their voices in the tribes, and some are “too white” to understand.

Stop Indian casinos. Read December’s Time magazine.

Save Nevada County.

Shirley Hendrickson

Nevada City

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