Embracing our past

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Getting one's consciousness raised can hurt and it can take some time. 

Last week River Forest Trustee Erika Bachner started such a process at the village board table. She asked her colleagues to consider opening each meeting with a written statement acknowledging that the land currently called River Forest was once occupied by native American people.

That will not happen anytime soon. But Bachner was rightly pleased that her idea sparked worthy discussion along with realistic concerns over precedent. Village President Cathy Adduci suggested a plaque. Trustee Patti Henek suggested a series of plaques.

We'd suggest that the village consider ways of marking the newly created state Indigenous Peoples Day holiday which falls in late September. 

Our world is wonderfully, humblingly complex. Embracing that complexity is always good. 

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Christina Sellis Loranz  

Posted: September 3rd, 2019 3:22 PM

I think it's a wonderful idea to recognize the land we occupy abc it's history before public gatherings. I applaud the trustees for their efforts and hope they will be successful in this initiative.

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