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Seneca Nation Records



The Six Nations
A few months ago, a collection of sundry Indians of the Six Nations, met in council at Tonnawanta, under the direction of the celebrated Red Jacket, and in their proceedings cunsured in strong terms the missionaries and we believe one or two schoolmasters, and one of the agents, employed by the whites to disseminate the light of knowledge and the blessings of the Gospel, among that unfortunate race. By the last Buffalo Journal, we perceive that when the chiefs of the Six Nations met in council during the past week, to receive their annuity from the United States, they pronounced the speech of Red Jacket, which was published in a handbill, a scandalous libel, made up of falsehoods. Red jacket, it seems, heads the Pagan party; and so far from there have been 2608 Indians at the Tonnawanta meetings, the chiefs say there were no more than 130, including 39 British Pagan Indians, from the Grand River, in Upper Canada – many of whom signed the handbill. It seems also that the names of several chiefs were signed to Red Jacket’s handbill without their knowledge or consent. They say the motive which governed the authors of the libel, arises from an inveterate hatred against civilization, Christianity, and those who have exerted themselves in the introduction of those blessings among the Six Nations. – Reif’s Philad. Gaz.
[Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn.) October 16, 1822 Page 2; Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Sa-Gu-Yu-Wha-Hah (Keeper Awake), the noted Seneca Chief, died 20 Jan (1830) in the Indian Valley near Buffalo, aged 80. He had been known to the whites by the appellation of Red Jacket (28 Jan 1830, National Intelligencer, sub. by K. Torp)




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