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Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

This is such an articulate, beautifully expressed article. I thank you so much for saying what so many of us believe and know to be true. Give it back, it is stolen goods.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 08/13/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Don't Live in a Murder House

This was a well-written column. Thank you for writing it.

"Genocide in Northwestern California: When Our Worlds Cried" by Professor Jack Norton should be taught in every single Humboldt County school. I wish Indian Press or HSU or someone could get the book into subsequent printing. It is a treasure. I still have mine all these years later.

There should be memorials to the genocide against not only the Wiyot, but the Hupa, Tolowa, Yurok, and other tribes. One good place for a memorial would be the Jacoby Storehouse and The Plaza. That's just for starters.

And, has the Clarke Museum returned all of the baskets and other regalia that Jack mentioned in his book and talked about in class so many years ago?

Regarding Jack, I wish more Humboldt County students could have been taught by him. I had him for several classes in what was then called an emphasis phase at HSU: "The Study of Genocide." Dr. Sam Oliner was another quality teacher in that emphasis phase, which was similar to a minor, since, if I recall correctly, HSU didn't issue minors then.

And, although I worked for Rob and like him, I respectfully disagree with him on this subject. The portion of the island that the city of Eureka owns should be turned over to the tribe. It would be one step in the coming to terms with the genocide of our Native American brothers and sisters. It's righting a historical wrong. One small step in what is needed on the North Coast, which has never really come to terms with the genocide and, later, the discriminatory and racist policies targeting generations of survivors and their children.

Lastly, thank you for pointing out the serial genocidal murderer, the "settler," "hunter" and "trapper" Seth Kinman.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 08/13/2017 at 5:59 PM

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