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The federal system was practiced by Europeans long before the USA. Switzerland has governed itself that way since the Middle Ages. Native American arts and sports might be popular with some Americans but they are far from national pastimes.
The only government Americans were familiar with was a Monarchy, the power which prevailed until the Declaration of Independence .
What is little known is that Benjamin Franklin was a political journalist and was present at many Treaty gatherings with the Natives. During a meeting with the 5 Iriquoi Nations, Franklin was exposed to the local Laws and form of representative government. He was impressed with its inherent neutral logic and representative fairness that he took notes and used these notes later to help write the Constitution
|Iroquois Confederacy and the Great Law of Peace = United States Constitution|
GLP : Restricts members from holding more than one oﬃce in the Confederacy.|
USC: Article I, Section 6, Clause 2 , also known as the Ineligibility Clause or the Emoluments Clause bars members of serving members of Congress from holding oﬃces established by the federal government, while also baring members of the executive branch or judicial branch from serving in the U.S. House or Senate.|
GLP: Outlines processes to remove leaders within the Confederacy|
USC: Article II, Section 4 reads “The President, Vice President and all civil Oﬃcers of the United States shall be removed from Oﬃce on Impeachment for, and the conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”|
GLP: Designates two branches of legislature with procedures for passing laws|
USC: Article I, Section 1 , or the Vesting Clauses , read “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” It goes on to outline their legislative powers.|
GLP: Delineates who has the power to declare war|
USC: Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 , also known as the War Powers Clause , gives Congress the power, “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”|
GLP: Creates a balance of power between the Iroquois Confederacy and individual tribes|The diﬀering duties assigned to the three branches of the U.S. Government: Legislative (Congress), Executive (President), and Judicial (Supreme Court) act to balance and separate power in government.|
We do eat a lot of foods native to the Americas but we don’t eat them like Natives did.
Of course we do . But the European diet was different than the Natives. But that does not in any way affect the importance of Native Indian cuisine.
The most important Native American crops have generally included corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, wild rice, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts, avocados, papayas, potatoes and cacao.[]
Native American food and cuisine is recognized by its use of indigenous domesticated and wild food ingredients.[]
(Indigenous cuisine of the Americas - Wikipedia)
An investigation of the edible and medicinal plants used by the Flathead Indians
This does not mean that favored berrying and digging grounds were not visited year after year if the harvest was good, but it is questionable whether these grounds were regarded as private property. It is more likely that they were considered communal property since several families often harvested the crop of one digging or berrying ground.
What I don’t understand is your casual treatment of the influence Indian law had on the US Constitution. If we cherish The Constitution for its neutrality and attempt at fairness we must surely acknowledge all contributors to the Constitution.
We like Benjamin Franklin and some of the other prominent contributors, but consider that the Native Laws also did contribute to the US Constitution and should be remembered with the same fondness we bestow on our “founders”.
This important historical fact belongs in history books. You can barely find a record in libraries. Who knows, how many people raised an eyebrow by this revelation that sheds a whole new light on the multidimensional cultures these so called “savages” practiced.
Let us celebrate the moral contributions Native Indians have brought to the “White Man Civilization.”