It is very important to voice support for the Catawba Nation and their proposed land being put into trust by the Department of the Interior. They propose to expand on a museum about their people, resort, casino, restaurants and two hotels. There have been letters sent by legislators stating they don’t want outsiders coming into North Carolina. There have been many who accepted monies from other tribes and now are voicing opposition to this tribe. There are still many who do not care about four to five thousand jobs being created from a new entity that is not asking for any tax benefits or tax breaks – at all.
The Catawba Nation should not be insulted in being named as outsiders. It is important to remember the truth in realizing that the Catawba Nation is recognized in several counties of North Carolina – officially, by the Federal government. That is the reason for their application here - due to originally living here their whole lives as Doctor Jeffrey Crow points out from the NC Department of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History in Raleigh. With him on the issue of the Catawba Nation being recognized in our state as living and settling here are all Indians (actually Asians by DNA) who discovered North America starting in 50,000 BC (BCE) and the highly noted Theda Purdue, Christopher Arris Oakley, David L.S. Brook, Donna E. Kelly, and many members of the NC Historical Commission of Jerry C. Cashion, Millie M. Barbee, Mary L. Bryan, David C. Dennard, Paul D. Escott, Valerie A. Johnson, B. Perry Morrison, Jr., Freddie L. Parker, Barbara Blythe Snowden, Richard D. Starnes and Harry L. Watson.
Let those legislators opposed to the truth of American history present a valid argument to our American Revolutionary War Living History Center (ARWLHC) and our 6,000+ members - as well as the voting public. How challenging it is to see the hurtful comments associated with typed letters coming out of Raleigh concerning “outsiders coming into North Carolina.” These comments are unnecessary for people who have lived here for well over 6,000 years. It is interesting to note that this is THE EXACT TRIBE who sided with the Patriots. It is this tribe who supported the Patriots in a roll of the dice gamble to try and create a new nation that would change governance on earth away from Monarchies - over to elections. All patriots were awarded with land grants ranging from 150 acres for a private up to 4,000 acres for higher ranks and more. Here we have our local battles of Kings Mountain, Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse – all victories. Who are the locals that revealed the secrets of the land as warriors and scouts in battle? “The People of the River” by the noted Douglas Summers Brown and “The Indians’ New World” by James Merrell go into great detail about the Catawbas’ services in the Revolution, In Brown’s often cited book, he sums up the Catawbas’ contributions to the entire war effort (page 264): “The Catawbas proved highly useful as scouts. But for their friendship, the course of war in South Carolina might have taken another direction. There might have been no victory at King’s Mountain...”
In The Winning of the West, Theodore Roosevelt wrote of Kings Mountain, "This brilliant victory marked the turning point of the American Revolution." Thomas Jefferson called it, "The turn of the tide of success." Herbert Hoover's address at Kings Mountain said, "This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position. This small band of Patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well designed to separate and dismember the united Colonies.
One can see why America exists in 2014.
As the Grover, NC Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Chairman, I can also relate to you that we did discuss the Catawba tribe and their desire to open up in our county during the August, 2013 TDA meeting - and members were elated and hopeful. I might also add that the American Revolutionary War Living History Center (ARWLHC) has been working since 2012 to depict, paint and add a Catawba warrior to the Revolutionary Hall of Heroes paintings. Many readers, colleagues and constituents have seen the detailed and extensive coverage of local heroes in battle through our first-ever paintings. The ARWLHC will commission such new painting of Captain Patrick Redhead as was formally announced at the December 3, 2013 during the meeting of the Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council. This will be the fifth painting in the series of local heroes that helped win the revolutionary war in the Carolina's. Many have been shocked to find out that it was the Catawba's who helped the patriots win so many battles here.
I am, on a more personal note, a 21-year retired US military warrior - very proud of the Catawba Nation and their accomplishments in forming America during our revolutionary war. I am not any part Indian per my full DNA analysis, yet being a white man does not mean I speak with the forked tongue. Let the truth of America be told in war and death when it comes to rewarding those who stood by the patriots. Thank you Catawba Nation.
It is no surprise that our Cleveland County Commissioners and Kings Mountain City Council are all for welcoming the Catawba Nation as well.
I hope that others supporting the 4,000+ new jobs in the two state region of NC and SC will also sign this petition.
Martin CJ Mongiello, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
The American Revolutionary War Living History Center (ARWLHC)
The Historic 1879 Home to the Presidential Culinary Museum and Presidential Service Center ~ a US Military disabled veterans project
The Inn of the Patriots
301 Cleveland Avenue
Grover, NC 28073
www.revwarexperience.com or www.arwlhc.com