The exoneration of Chief Leschi

“And when the last red man shall have perished from the earth and his memory among white men shall have become a myth, these shores shall swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe. At night, when the streets of your cities and villages shall be silent and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land. The white man will never be alone. Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not altogether powerless.” – Chief Seattle

Chief LeschiIn 1854, in exchange for a million-plus acres of fertile land belonging to the Nisqually, Puyallup and Squaxin Island Indian tribes, Governor Isaac Stevens offered Chief Leschi a reservation comprising about 1000 acres of hillside, rocky terrain that could not possibly sustain their livelihoods. This miscarriage of justice led to the Indian Wars of 1855-56, the killing of militiaman A.B. Moses and the consequent execution of the Nisqually chief.

The first person to be charged with murder in the Washington Territory, Leschi was hanged on February 19, 1858 for Moses’ murder but exonerated 146 years later in 2004.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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