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I don´t think you confused anyone,I think that the point is the The Tribal Memembers who have commented here are unhappy with the representation that this replacement provided, it is quite clear that no one is confused.

Rachel Ferguson Spokane Tribal Member

Posted by rachel86004 on 04/15/2010 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Return of Garry

The above is mine Rachel Ferguson
Spokane tribal memebr

Posted by rachel86004 on 04/15/2010 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Return of Garry

As a member of the Spokane Tribe I find this replacement of the Chief Spokan Garry to be very sad. Spokan Gary was a very important part read below

Garry, Chief Spokane (ca. 1811-1892)

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Chief Spokane Garry was a chief of the Spokane Tribe whose long, and ultimately tragic life spanned the fur-trading, missionary, and white settlement eras of the region. His father, also a Spokane chief, sent Garry off with fur traders at age 14 to be educated at the Red River Settlement´s missionary school in Canada. Garry returned after five years, fluent in English and French, to become an influential leader and spokesman for his tribe. He opened a rough school to teach reading and writing and also taught his fellow tribesmen agricultural techniques. He participated in many peace councils, including those of 1855 and 1858, and was known as a steadfast advocate of peace and an equally steadfast advocate of a fair land settlement for his tribe. He never wavered on his insistence that the Spokane people should have the rights to their native lands along the Spokane River, a goal which proved unattainable. His own farm in what is now the Hillyard area of Spokane was stolen from him late in life and he and his sadly diminished band were forced to camp in Hangman Valley, where boys from the growing city of Spokane would throw rocks onto their tepees. A kindly landowner allowed Garry and his family to camp in Indian Canyon, where he lived out the rest of his life in poverty. He died there in 1892 and was buried in a pauper´s grave. Decades later, a Spokane city park was named after him and a statue erected in his honor. 

Chief Spokan Garry did important work and was an extremely significant in the history of Spokane. This is Spokane correct? In life he was used up, cast aside and completely dismissed unto his death. Dismissed like most Native People especially in this area. Naming the park after him and creating a statue in his honor was a beautiful gesture. It was dreadfully heartbreaking to find that it had been vandalized then quietly taking down without any notification to his people the Spokane Tribe, another dismissal of Spokan Garry, another dismissal of native people in the the area.

Now there is this whatever you want to call it to replace it? In my opinion it is yet another slap in the face and shove into the mudd to Chief Spokan Garry. There is no clear representation of him in this device, it is a beautiful idea to make a tribute to the Indigenous culture of this area however not as a replacement of Spokan Garry. There are statues of European figures all over, what if we took down The Lincoln Monument and repalced it with symbols of Lincoln´s culture it wouldn´t quite have the same effect now would it?   

Posted by rachel86004 on 04/15/2010 at 11:28 AM

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