Native American Influence on the Founding of the United StateswithGlenn Aparicio Parry

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Benjamin Franklin Bruce Johansen Donald Grinde egalitarian Great Seal of the United States Indian Removal Act Iroquois Federation James Youngblood Henderson Roger Williams Sally Roesch Wagner Stephen Sachs

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, also given the name Kizhe Naabe (Ojibwe for Kind-Hearted Man), is author of Original Politics: Making American Sacred Again and also Original Thinking: A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature. His website is

Here he describes the important influence Native American culture had upon the early settlers between 1620 and 1776. Rogers Williams, for example, the founder of Rhode Island, spoke five different native languages and wrote a book about them. Benjamin Franklin was also very close to Native leaders. The Founders were inspired by the egalitarian society of Native Americans and the Iroquois Federation served as a model for the original Articles of Confederation.

(Recorded on May 21, 2020)

Sally Roesch Wagner, Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists –

Published on May 24, 2020