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A Brand Plucked from the Fire

After growing up John Wesley and his brother, Charles, came from England to the United States after the death of his father. Charles was made the secretary of Indian Affairs, and John was appointed a missionary.

  

John’s missionary endeavors were not successful because he was distracted from his efforts and after two years he returned to England. His return to England was providential as he began to envision a method of religion that became Methodism. His plan to be a missionary to the Indians was an initial step to his place in history as the father of the Methodist religion.

  

Written by Cherokee Cloud

Posted February 12, 2007

American Indian Heritage Month – November

American Indian Month was proposed and sought after in 1915 by Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. Likewise, Black History Month’s origination is accredited to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson in 1915 established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History).  

Both men took on very challenging tasks but were inspired by the notion that the contributions of their people must be acknowledged and formally recognized by all peoples of the United States. Both men are great examples of following what their hearts inspired them to do. They were able to garner support and move their visions forward after years of working towards their goals the reality occurred and we celebrate their efforts today. 

Article by CherokeeCloud 

Written September 24, 2006 – Reposted November 20, 2006

Choose Your Friends Wisely

As North America became more populated by the British, French, and colonist the realization that expansion was possible became the emphasis of the French and British realizing that these rich lands provided many opportunities for wealth. This led to disputes about land ownership and occupation.  

The colonist sided with the British along with the Native Americans. The Native Americans were familiar with the land terrain and the best methods of strategic warfare. Thus, their contributions assisted in changing the balance of power in the favor of the Colonists.   

These disputes led to what is known as the French and Indian War from 1754 – 1763. In any war there are winner and losers. Some wars are won through making alliances. This was the case in the French Indian War. The British and Native Americans formed an alliance to fight the French. This alliance proved to be successful for the British, colonist and the Native Americans.  

Later, the British came to war with the American colonist in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 – 1783. In this case the Native Americans allied in most cases with the British as before. But, the British were not successful in the war with the American colonist. So, the Native Americans learned a hard but valuable lesson. The lesson was to choose your friends carefully.  

Written by Cherokee Cloud 

Posted: March 4, 2007

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